Teen Art Exhibit and Benefit Helps Prevent Teen Suicide

Teens Choosing Life, Choosing Hope


Voz y Corazón - meaning voice and heart- is a suicide prevention and mentoring program designed to change how Latina youth think and feel about themselves. And it is working! Alarming national statistics indicate that Hispanic high school girls are most likely to seriously consider and attempt suicide. Latina youth in Denver are no exception.

Voz y Corazón is a free, culturally responsive support, education, and prevention program designed for Latina youth. It teaches them how to recognize and respond to signs of suicide in themselves and their peers.

Volunteers mentor the teens and help them with self-expression through artwork and with developing a healthy bi-cultural identity. Teens are trained as gatekeepers' to support their peers who may be in trouble.

"I have many friends that need help and do drugs and try suicide. I want to help them," says one teen participant.

Voz y Corazón Teen Art Show and Benefit gives the teens a chance to showcase their art work and creativity. The teen's art work will be professionally displayed at the Red Line Art for viewing and certain pieces will be available for purchase.

The public is invited.

All donations support this important program.

What: Voz y Corazón Teen Art Show and Benefit
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 5:30-10:30pm -
          Dinner, Dancing and Silent Auction
          17 and under are free.
          Adults $40, Couples $70
Where: Red Line Art
            2350 Arapahoe Street Denver, Colorado 80205

More details on the Voz y Corazón Teen Art Show and Benefit can be found at

http://www.mhcd.org/Service/VozYCorazon.html

Voz y Corazón is a collaboration of the Mental Health Center of Denver, Girls, Inc., Sisters of Color United for Education, Lowry Family Center, Denver Health and Denver Public Schools.

 


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