Auberle Youth Unveil Mural Project as Part of Therapeutic Treatment

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At-risk youth served by Auberle will unveil a series of murals on Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in Pittsburgh as part of an initiative to expand therapeutic activities that allow youth to heal from past trauma.

Auberle youth creates mural

A young man paints a section of a mural as part of Auberle's Mural Project

The murals provide a healthy outlet to deal with past trauma while also asking the kids to think about the future, said Gary Hazy, Director of Residential Services.

Auberle will unveil and dedicate a series of murals created by youth on Monday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. at Auberle’s main campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Youth from across Auberle’s 16 programs collaborated with MLK Group (Moving the Lives of Kids), a professional muralist group that specializes in working with at-risk youth, to create six 8 ft. by 4 ft. murals and a series of self-portraits that will be displayed around Auberle’s facilities. The event will include youth artists and members of the community.

The mural project is part of Auberle’s certification process in a treatment model called The Sanctuary Model™. The Sanctuary Model™ integrates current brain and medical research, best practices in promoting emotional, mental and behavioral health, and healing strategies for at-risk youth and their families. Auberle youth have completed mural projects in the past including a series of murals for the Pennsylvania Westmoreland County Courthouse in 2011. In this current project, Auberle adapted the theme of the murals to incorporate The Sanctuary Model™. Youth were asked to reflect on key concepts from The Sanctuary Model™ and incorporate them into their design. These projects allow youth and families to express and react to traumatic experiences, ultimately helping to reduce anxiety, aggression and depression levels.

“Many of our youth have experienced some form of past trauma or negative experience and struggle with ways to appropriately express that experience,” said Gary Hazy, Director of Residential Services. “It’s our job as an agency to provide ways. The murals provide a healthy outlet to deal with past trauma while also asking the kids to think about the future.”

Auberle’s mural project is made possible by support from The Grable Foundation. For resources and more information regarding Auberle’s certification in The Sanctuary Model™, visit http://www.http://www.auberle.org/sanctury-model.

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Since 1952, Auberle has been dedicated to community, strong families and successful youth. Auberle serves over 3,000 at-risk children and families annually in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, we offer 16 programs including preventative and community-based services, with 60 percent of our clients served in their home, school or in their community. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education, workforce development, drug and alcohol and mental health programs. Auberle is a recipient of the Wishart Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management and was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human services organizations in the United States.

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