Urban Nights Fashion Show to help Denver’s homeless youth

DENVER — Experts say there is a crisis of youth homelessness in Denver. More than 900 young kids are on the street every night.

FOX31 Denver is a proud sponsor of this year’s Urban Nights event, a fashion show and benefit for Urban Peak, which provides shelter and services.

Some of the 900 young people will sleep outside the one safe place they know, Urban Peak, at 21st and Stout.

Tezra is a young artist who uses the services. She says her dad passed away when she was ten and her mother abused her.

In his northwest Denver studio, celebrity designer Mondo Guerra is using Tezra’s art as inspiration for his new collection. “I had to hit rock bottom so I can relate to not having resources,” he says.

Before he won TV’s “Project Runway Allstar Edition,” Mondo nearly died from HIV. Now he runs an international clothing business and he’s using his celebrity to raise money for the Urban Nights Fashion Show Friday night.

“For me that`s what made me live and breathe so that`s why I took this project on to display the idea of moving forward and growth,” he says.

“That`s really cool,” Tezra says. “I didn`t think little old homeless me and my painting would go anywhere. That`s really cool!”

Some of Tezra’s art, along with art created by other youth will be auctioned off. When you see it you realize how deep the well of talent is among them. You wonder, with over 900 homeless young people in Denver on any given day, what else they can achieve if given a chance.

FOX31 Denver’s Boris Sanchez will emcee the Urban Nights event Friday night.