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The Sanctuary Philadelphia Independent Cultural Youth (SPICY) program was created to define and understand the places where refugee youth living in Philadelphia experienced mental health support. It was created to address the gap in resources on mental health for youth refugees in Philadelphia, as most resources are targeted towards adults. Various forms of art, such as photo collages and community mapping, were used as a method for youth to express their mental health needs. With only two sessions of the program remaining, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted daily living by halting all non-essential activities in Pennsylvania. The objective of this paper is to understand how the SPICY program adapted to still meet its goals and objectives, despite the impact of COVID-19. Virtual interviews were conducted with three key stakeholders (Andrea Ngan, Jenna Spitz, and Melissa Fogg) and one youth program participant, to understand how COVID-19 affected the program. The results include key quotes from the interviews. The findings from the interviews can help the organizers gain a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the program and can aid in program evaluation at the conclusion of the program.