Bety arrived when she was just 16 years old, having traveled by herself through Guatemala and Mexico. At the border, the first thing she did was ask the border patrol officer for help. She left her home fleeing violence and abuse. The Young Center was appointed as Child Advocate in the Fall. Bety has now been in custody nearly a year—it’s a difficult time, but the detention staff try to keep the kids busy with knitting, weaving bracelets and other various artwork. Bety took to painting and wrote this to go along with her oil painting, La Mariposa Sonadora—Dreamy Butterfly—which was recently featured in a major metropolitan museum in the United States.

“Aprendí que no hay errores en el arte. Hay que ser valiente en la vida, no solo en el arte.”
I learned that there are no errors in art. We have to be brave in life, not just in art.  ~Bety