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On Saturday, April 12, Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.) will give a face to one of society’s most vulnerable and overlooked populations. Committee host Bellamy Young (“Scandal”) along with special celebrity guests, renowned artist Gregory Siff and other local artists will join S.P.Y. for a benefit to raise awareness for the homeless youth population in Los Angeles.

The Face 2 Face fundraiser will be held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot station from 7-10 p.m. featuring select portraits created by local artists through the “Mirror, Mirror” project as well as pieces donated from private collections around Los Angeles.

The “Mirror, Mirror” project partnered local artists with homeless youth. The artists painted the homeless youth’s portrait, and the youth painted the artists’ portraits. This vulnerable population, known as the “invisible homeless” because of their tendency to blend in with other youth their age, is frequently regarded as nonexistent.

Gregory Siff said, “It was extraordinary to collaborate with both the youth and an important organization like Safe Place for Youth. It's awesome that S.P.Y. is giving youth a stronghold to regroup; think about their lives, recharge, and make sure they don't end up on the street for life. It's an important cause.”

The silent auction will feature pieces from the “Mirror, Mirror” project along with merchandise and services from local businesses, autographed memorabilia, and hotel stays. The artists’ portraits of the youth will also be available for purchase through silent auction.

“Far too often we overlook the people who pass us by on the street because we are so consumed with our day-to-day lives; being able to support and give awareness to this generation of youth who are trying to find their way, is humbling,” said host Bellamy Young, actress from the television show “Scandal.”

Tickets are available online for $100 up until the day of the event.

About Safe Place for Youth

Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y) has a mission to inspire, nurture, and empowers the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time. The program prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. Since 2012, over 1,000 individual youth have been served at the Venice drop-in center. For more information, visit www.safeplaceforyouth.org