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Under-resourced students find confidence and employment in this art program

Employed youths work on art projects at Artists for Humanity in Boston. The nonprofit’s studio has reached its maximum capacity, so the organization is in the process of doubling the size of its facilities. Source: Laura Cluthé/The Christian Science Monitor

Sarah Richi carefully adds a line of yellow paint to her newest piece, a 2-by-4-foot abstract painting in a pastel palette. The recent high school graduate steps back on the paint-splattered floor and ponders the whole piece, gently swaying back and forth to the music that fills the studio.

The piece she is working on is part of a diptych for a client who visited Artists for Humanity and loved her work. The nonprofit organization, now in its 28th year, employs teens from low-income families in South Boston. Between 250 and 300 high-schoolers a year attend AFH summer and after-school programs. 

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