Unique mentoring program in Baltimore encourages kids to paint a new city mural – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s a new mural in Charm City that was developed and painted by children participating in a unique mentoring program in Baltimore.

“In school, we do things, but they’re, like, small,” said Holistic Life Foundation mentee Sierra House.

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“With it, we’re able to paint things, but it has impact at the same time,” House said.

The fresco says, “Everything you need is already within you. These are wise words from young minds.

“You already have the mindset and knowledge to achieve the goal,” Sierra said. “You just have to do it step by step to get there.”

Sierra House, 15, is part of the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit that teaches young people things like yoga and mindfulness.

The mural is one of their projects.

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“It’s kind of meditative,” said Holistic Life Foundation co-founder and executive director Ali Smith. “It’s very relaxing.”

The children spent two months coming up with the idea for the mural.

“I think kids need opportunities to express themselves in different ways and to be exposed to different things,” Smith said.

The mural is outside R. House, a popular food hall in the Remington neighborhood.

It’s the perfect place, say the children, for the message to reach as many people as possible.

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“I hope it just lifts them up,” House said. “(And) It just gives them the confidence to achieve their goals and not think they’re different from other people and they can do it too.”

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