Colorado Youth Win Bureau's Second Mural Contest

Photograph of Mural winners Kodie Lynn Sirois, Chelsea Shuster, Amanda Cleveland, posing in front of their winning mural with CuDirector of the Division of Adolescent Development and Support Resa Matthew presented a plaque to the winners of the second annual Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth Mural Contest at the National Runaway and Homeless Youth 2012 FYSB Grantee Conference in Indianapolis.

“Thank you for your creativity and your commitment to raising awareness about the issues that affect runaway and homeless youth,” Matthew said.

Youth from The Colorado Rural Collaborative Youth Leadership Team submitted the winning entry in the contest. Nine youth-serving organizations from across Colorado contributed a tile to the mural’s quilt-like design, which was put together for National Runaway Prevention Month in November 2011.

Youth leaders Kodie Lynn Sirois and Chelsie Shuster and their adult mentor, Amanda Cleveland from Urban Peak in Denver, accepted the award. Sirois and Shuster said the mural starts conversations about youth homelessness and how to end it.

FYSB’s mural contest encourages and showcases the creativity of runaway and homeless youth and gives them opportunities to express themselves, work together as a team, and share their experiences. A panel of young adults from several FYSB-funded transitional living programs, along with FYSB staff, picked this year’s winner from six design ideas.

FYSB encourages its Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees to enter the 2013 contest. Application guidelines are on the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth website.

Photo caption (left to right): Curtis O. Porter of FYSB, Amanda Cleveland of Urban Peak, youth leaders Kodie Sirois and Chelsie Shuster, and Resa Matthew and Debbie Powell of FYSB.