An agency that's helped Ottawa youth for 50 years is celebrating its anniversary by recognizing success stories.

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa unveiled a mural on Thursday painted by six young people from its youth engagement program called 'My YSB at 50.'

The celebration attracted those who were helped by the organization, as well as those who are currently enrolled in youth services programs.

Former youth services clients used the opportunity to spread a clear message to their peers.

"Hurt no one including yourself. I know you will do great. I know this because I am one of you," said Valarie Findlay, a former youth services client.

Several other activities are planned throughout the year to mark the anniversary.