In my previous blog I posted an interview with “The World Through My Eyes” youth photography project in Africa. After doing some online research I came across many photography-related projects. This is a testament to the power of the visual image. I believe that it is important to teach young people to communicate fully and in many mediums including visually. Communication is key to everything and is more and more important in this digital global age.
The following is a list of links to other youth photography projects and other photography-related projects. Let me know if I left out any. The descriptions are from the projects’ websites

Adobe Youth Voices aims to empower youth in under-served communities around the globe with real-world experiences and 21st century tools to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities.
Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in under-served communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The Adobe Foundation invests nearly US$8 million per year in the Adobe Youth Voices program, primarily through training, educational resources, and grants. The program also leverages software donations and employee volunteers from Adobe Systems Incorporated.
http://youthvoices.adobe.com/

AJA Youth + Photography Transformation:
The AjA Project provides photography-based educational programming
to youth affected by war and displacement; students think critically about their identities, develop leadership skills, and become agents of personal and social transformation.
http://www.ajaproject.org/html/organization.html

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization 501(c)3 founded in 2004, that teaches individuals and organizations how to use digital video, new media, and the arts to transform their communities and themselves.
Each year, we teach traditional Documentary Workshops in the Mississippi Delta; Marfa, Texas and Cape Town, South Africa, which are open to individuals with beginner through advanced levels of training.
Barefoot Workshops also leads NGO workshops in partnership with government and nongovernmental organizations. Together, we build the capacity of organizations around the world to meet program goals in areas such as: health (HIV/AIDS), conflict resolution, youth empowerment, civil rights and democracy-building.
www.barefootworkshops.org

BRIDGES to Understanding: Bridges’ board has accepted a proposal to transfer Bridges’ educational content and programs to Teachers Without Borders, a Seattle-based nonprofit with the mission of “connecting teachers to information and each other to create local change on a global scale.” With a worldwide community of teachers, TWB’s outstanding education programs are “conceived, developed and led by teachers connected by information and each other in order to address demand-driven needs and ensure long-term impact.” By transitioning Bridges’ programs to this outstanding organization, they will be made available to many more teachers and students around the world than Bridges is able to achieve.
Founded in 2000, the same year that Bridges was launched, by Dr. Fred Mednick, a neighbor of Phil Borges, TWB provides “tools and mentorship to bring together the global teacher community.” Working “online, in schools, under trees, as booklets and on the radio,” TWB’s educators “visit fellow teachers’ classrooms, work in teams and learn interactively from colleagues.”
Bridges is being given a new home under TWB’s Peace Education program that is designed to help teachers lead the way towards peace in their classrooms and communities. Well-aligned with Bridges’ mission, it provides teachers with “a framework for peace education, contributing to the growing movement towards a global culture of peace.” The addition of Bridges will expand and enhance this initiative according to TWB Executive Director, Konrad Glogowski, giving it “a stronger focus on classrooms, youth, storytelling and 21st century literacies.” The Bridges name will continue to be used to identify the program that will include Bridges’ curriculum, online learning community, teacher training workshop and online training webcast, award-winning classroom programs and discussion forums.
TWB will be reaching out to the many teachers, principals and partners in Seattle and around the world with whom Bridges has enjoyed strong relationships over the years, welcoming them into the TWB community and providing support to ensure the ongoing delivery of Bridges programs in classrooms in Seattle and across the globe.
http://www.bridgesweb.org/

The Center for Digital Storytelling: For nearly twenty years, the Center has been supporting people in sharing meaningful stories from their lives. Our unique workshops assist participants in producing short, first-person narratives that can be presented in a variety of traditional and social media formats. We provide non-threatening production environments in which the process of creation is valued as much as the stories created.
Through partnerships with a range of organizations, institutions, and funders, we offer story making and story distribution services that prioritize the power of individual voices. Whether you’re interested in storytelling for professional development, as a reflective practice, as a pedagogical strategy, or as a vehicle for education, community mobilization, or advocacy, we are recognized globally as experts in all things digital storytelling. The following values are central to our work …
www.storycenter.org

The Chiapas Photography Project is an artistic project by and for indigenous photographers in Chiapas. It has four main activities: education, collection, outreach, and research. About the Chiapas Photography Project:
The Chiapas Photography Project (CPP) provides indigenous Maya people in Chiapas, Mexico with opportunities for cultural and artistic self-expression through photography. Since 1992, over 300 indigenous men and women from different ethnic groups and religious backgrounds have learned how to use photography as a mode of personal artistic expression, and many have undertaken projects that celebrate and engage members of their communities.
CPP is based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the commercial and cultural center of the Chiapas Highlands. The Project’s activities are both local and global in scope. CPP photographers have exhibited their work in their own towns, as well as in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces throughout the world. CPP also provides educational workshops and presentations, which educate diverse audiences about how the Project uses photography as a means to share and celebrate indigenous cultures.
The Chiapas Photography Project has gained recognition from the Mexican, American, and international press, the academic community, and the art world. As CPP has gained a global presence, it has provided opportunities for volunteers and professional photographers from around the world to work with indigenous photographers.
CPP adapts to the always-evolving photography environment, incorporating new technology, while respecting the varied conditions and preferences of those who participate in activities.
www.chiapasphoto.org

Community Photography Project: Community art is for everyone - all ages, races and economic classes. It benefits all of us, including the people who participate, the new group we become and the communities we inhabit.
Community art is more than an art class in a neighborhood. It features a series of collaborative art activities led by an artist who animates the process, encourages creative risk-taking and draws participants into leadership roles as the project unfolds. As for the art exercises themselves, there are too many possibilities to even count. Inspired by other artists who’ve shared their ways with me, I’ve adapted some of their art games and folded them into the method described here. I didn’t invent all of these activities, but simply integrated them into a personal practice that enables diverse people to express themselves, get to know each other and create something beautiful together.
Exceptional projects have a few essential attributes in common. This site shares ideas about some of these qualities. My advice? Try a project in your own place. Use this site as a resource. Go out there and bring people together to make art. Create something amazing that wasn’t there before. And remember to notice how much fun you’re having.
- Tory Read, lead artist, The Curtis Park Photo-Story Project
www.community-photography.com

Critical Exposure is a DC-based organization that helps students and organizations use documentary photography and other tools to advocate more effectively for excellence and equity in public education.
Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.
We empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy to facilitate:
· Youth Empowerment - Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them to document issues affecting their lives; and help them to use their images and voices to build support for changes to improve their schools and communities.
· Public Engagement - Inform and engage the public by using students’ photographs and writing to create traveling exhibits for galleries, libraries, coffee shops, and other public spaces to increase awareness of challenges facing youth in low-income communities.
· Real Change - Provide students with the tools and opportunity to advocate for concrete and policy solutions that directly impact their lives in partnership with advocacy and community organizations and other allies.
www.criticalexposure.org

Displacements is a multidisciplinary project focusing on the experiences of refugees living in different situations. Workshops provide participants with access to creative media, including photography, writing, video, and sound. Through art the project hopes to engage its participants as individuals in a civic process, as well as empowering them through self-expression and the validation of their personal stories.
www.displacements.info

Focus on Mentoring is a unique program for Public Housing Authorities that goes beyond traditional learning programs. Using digital cameras, computers, motivated mentors and local media partners, Focus on Mentoring presents Photojournalism as a spirited and energetic discipline that is guaranteed to motivate any student. The Focus on Mentoring program is about involvement. It brings people from the Housing Authority, the housing units and the community together with professional photographers, local newspapers, educators and students. While the program is community based, participants utilize both on and off site venues to make learning fun.
http://www.focusonmentoring.org/

Finding Voice is an innovative literacy and visual arts program in Tucson, Arizona dedicated to helping refugee and immigrant youth in LEARN Center English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Catalina Magnet High School develop their literacy and second language skills by researching, photographing, writing, and speaking out about critical social issues in their lives and communities.
http://www.findingvoiceproject.org/

Fotokids/Fundacion de Niños Artists Guatemala was founded in Guatemala in 1991 by ex-Reuters photojournalist, Nancy McGirr, and was originally called Out of the Dump. The project began with a group of six children aged 5-12, who lived and worked in Guatemala City’s vast garbage dump. Over the years, the project grew to include hundreds of chldren from other economically poor areas of the capital.
http://www.fotokids.org/

Fresh Eyes Project uses digital photography to help incarcerated juveniles successfully re-enter society. They are called Juvenile Delinquents or Youthful Offenders. Whatever they are called, they have broken the law and they are doing time.
Their prospects when returning to a society that would just as soon shun them are frankly, pretty dim.
Fresh Eyes Photography Project is teaching these kids how to take pictures. We give them hands-on training in photography and basic computer image processing.
We are professional photographers who want to give back. We think we have found a way to make a difference.
We have witnessed the change first hand. From lost kids to young people with potential. While they may not leave lock-up and become photographers, they will have learned first hand that along with the power to change the outcome of their photographs they have the power to change the outcome of their lives. They can now view the community they live in as a place in which they too have a stake.
www.fresheyesproject.org

Hello Neighbor: “What happens to neighborhoods when your neighbors aren’t your neighbors any more? When interviewed about his rapidly changing North Portland community, my neighbor, Charles, said he didn’t mind the streets being safer, the businesses returning, or the houses being fixed up. What he did mind was that people didn’t say hello anymore.
When I moved into the neighborhood in 1991 with my husband and 6-month-old daughter, I was a new neighbor. As an artist, I wanted to find a way to publicly address the changes I was a part of.
My idea was to work with children to seek out neighbors of all ages. I wanted to begin a dialogue about community from their point of view. The resulting artwork would be displayed throughout the childrens’ neighborhoods. Mural-sized, black-and-white photographs with text would introduce the neighborhood to its children and neighbors to each other.”
“It all begins with a simple hello.” – Julie Keefe, Artist
http://www.helloneighborproject.org/

Image Magica is an organization based in Sao Paulo, Brazil that teaches documentary photography to youth and other members of the community. http://www.imagemagica.org/portal/

In Our Village is a youth photography project in Kenya. IN TANZANIA, close to the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro, the vast plains of the Serengeti, and the Great Rift Valley, lies a village called Kambi ya Simba. It is a rural village, with one road in and one road out. Its 5,000 residents, spread over 40 square kilometers, are farmers.They are poor, by every measure.They know scarcity, which can make “enough” seem like plenty. In a world of digital technology and designer coffee, they illuminate the night with lanterns and drink from streams and pumps that often carry illness.From 2005-2008, the U.S.-based nonprofit What Kids Can Do (WKCD) worked with students at Awet Secondary School in Kambi ya Simba to document daily life in their village-with digital cameras and tape recorders. http://www.inourvillage.org/

The In-Sight Photography Project offers students a creative voice and outlet, an opportunity to experience success, tools for self-awareness and self-worth, and encourages them to become actively engaged in their communities. In-Sight teaches photography to youth ages 11-18 throughout Southern Vermont, regardless of their ability to pay.History: The In-Sight Photography Project was founded by Bill Ledger and John Willis when they were distracted by a large number of teenagers hanging around aimlessly in downtown Brattleboro and by the police who were moving them along for loitering. This scene was so distressing that they decided to teach a free course for these youths. Encouraged by an outpouring of community support, John and Bill built a darkroom and teaching facility. In-Sight now offers photography courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels for students ages 11 to 18, and has served over 2,500 youth. www.insight-photography.org

The Institute for Photographic Empowerment: The mission of the Institute for Photographic Empowerment (IPE) is to support the study and practice of participant-produced documentary projects in photography, film, and digital media.
The Institute is a resource for people from around the globe-photographers, filmmakers, academics, researchers, and project participants-to share ideas, learn from one another, and develop the field.
The first such Institute of its kind in the world, IPE supports a virtual center on the web, annual conferences, and academic learning and research related to participant-produced photography and film. Additionally, it provides new opportunities for the traditionally disenfranchised to use their own images to communicate directly with policymakers about the social issues that profoundly affect their lives: HIV/AIDS, poverty, environmental degradation.
A unique community-University partnership, created by Venice Arts, a prominent nonprofit leader in the field, in collaboration with USC Annenberg, in recognition of the growing international interest in photographic empowerment, particularly as a component in movements for social change.
http://joinipe.org/welcome/

Mass Impact:
“Where Modern Multimedia Technology Meets Oral Tradition”
Oral tradition, autobiographical sketches and community folklore go hi-tech through the use of digital storytelling software used by those who choose to capture a moment in their lives or minds and share them with the world. MassIMPACT has engaged a digital storytelling project that has created an excitement in unexpected places. Both youth and adults have been involved in a statewide project to develop and relate their own stories, concerns, perspectives, past struggles and visions for a better future.
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the use of integrated digital technologies to develop and share personal stories and community histories. These multimedia narratives generally consist of text, voices and images that allow the individual to create candid and/or artistic accounts of their lives, experiences and perspectives on an arrays of topics. The horizon for the use of digital storytelling is endless and has led to the establishment of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA in the 1990s.
Organizations and schools have adapted, and sometimes modify, the process of integrating digital storytelling into school curriculums, after-school programs, individual reflections, community organizing strategies and program evaluation activities. Digital storytelling is also an excellent vehicle for fostering intergenerational interaction between youth and elders whom we affectionately refer to as the “wise and wonderful.”
http://www.massimpact.org/projects/digital_storytelling/index.shtml

My Story: Photo Programs for Youth: My Story offers photography workshops that inspire young people to explore their lives through the lens of a camera. We collaborate with families, schools and community organizations in developing projects that engage the imagination and creativity of young people, building confidence in their abilities, and providing opportunities for them to share their stories with the world. http://www.mystoryworkshops.org/

Peace in Focus - a global non-profit organization - trains youth from underserved and post-conflict communities to be creative peacebuilders and leaders using photography and new media tools.
http://www.peaceinfocus.org/

Josephine Herrick Project/Enchancing Lives Through Photography:
For 70 years, Rehabilitation through Photography has implemented a broad range of photography programs, providing training, direction and equipment to under-served communities throughout New York. RTP believes that by providing a creative platform to the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, homeless and the visually impaired populations, this will both inspire and enable individuals to channel their energy in an open and expressive way. This reinforces independence, self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment that rekindles a lasting interest and enthusiasm about life. No longer are they labeled by their disability but they are enabled by their ability to connect to and capture the world around them through photography.
Currently, RTP works with more than 20 organizations, supporting nearly 1,000 participants from ages 8 to 80 in various photography programs throughout the city. These programs have profoundly changed the lives of thousands of people. Our goal is to significantly expand the programs offered, extending the power of photography to thousands more in the local community and partner with other organizations in the United States.
http://www.rtphoto.org/

Seeing Beyond Sight is a photo project for blind teenagers. http://www.seeingbeyondsight.org/

Through The Eyes of Children, The Rwanda Project: This is a similar project to “The World Through My Eyes”. My photo professor when I was at Salt, R. Todd Hoffman is connected to this project. I hope to interview him about it for a future blog. http://www.rwandaproject.org/

Voices/ City High Charter School: VOICES began when Bob Rodriguez, a community leader in Tucson’s westside barrios was tired of hearing the youth in his neighborhood tell just gang stories. He wanted them to tell positive stories and be proud of neighborhood history. He created a 1997 neighborhood stories project with Regina Kelly and Stephen Farley as the guest artists who mentored ten teenagers to document the westside’s stories, resulting in a magazine, Looking into the Westside, and additional westside barrios projects. The success of these projects prompted a group of parents, neighborhood activists, youth, and artists to create a non-profit, Voices: Community Stories Past and Present, Inc., in 1999.
In our first two years, VOICES focused on mentoring projects that blended oral history, creative writing, and photo documentation and resulted in two books including the best-selling Snapped on the Street that focused on the story of mid-20th-century downtown as told through community’s members personal photos and memories, and the bilingual stories of public housing residents in Don’t Look at Me Different/No Me Veas Diferente.
In 2000-2010, VOICES created The 110º After School Magazine Project that blended creative writing, photography and journalism and responded to youth participants’ desire to tell stories about their present lives. 110º magazine published annually until May 2010. Through 2001-2002, VOICES began its first arts-in-education project, The World War II Inter-generational book project, They Opened Their Hearts: Tucson Elders Tell World War II Stories to Tucson Youth - the most ambitious weaving of creative writing, photography, and in-depth oral history VOICES had done at that time. In May 2010, VOICES published its last issue of 110º After School Magazine Project, ending a decade of challenging and heartfelt youth journalism. n July 2010, VOICES and longtime community partner, City High School, were awarded a prestigious grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant program. The five-year $500,000 grant afforded VOICES the opportunity to expand the program’s offerings and become the primary Extended Day Learning provider for the dynamic student body of City High School. VOICES in the CITY! was created and now offers a comprehensive full-day experience for City High School students throughout the school year.
http://cityhighschool.org/voices/
{I interviewed for a teaching job with The The 110º After School Magazine Project several years ago. Although I did not get the position, unfortunately, it was one of the most interesting and rewarding interviews I have had. Voices flew me to Tucson and put me up in a Hotel in downtown Tucson. The interview was an all day affair. I was interviewed first by the director and then by other staff members. Next I had to teach a class to the program’s students. They then interviewed me, asking me more in-depth questions than I’ve ever received in any other interview. I was very impressed by them. Finally at the end of the day I was taken out to dinner and members of the board were there, as well as staff members and some of the senior students. They rotated seating so that every so often I had a new person sitting beside me with whom to converse. Glad to see this program has evolved and continues in partnership with City High School.}

Youth in Focus:
Youth in Focus’s mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. We put cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and place them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers, nurturing adult volunteer mentors, and create a strong community of support. Through photography our students find their voice, identity, creativity, and gain new confidence in their worth and abilities.
We work with youth, 13-19 years of age, who face a variety of challenges in their lives on a daily basis, and who struggle with a combination of race, poverty or homophobia. At Youth in Focus, we reach at-risk youth at a crucial time - at or before the 9th grade - when 90% of youth that drop out do so at this time. Studies have found that the majority of kids who drop out of high school do so because of financial pressures, or because they do not believe they can be successful. High school students living in low-income families drop out of school six times the rate of peers from high-income families, and nearly half of all drop outs, ages 16-24, are unemployed. It has been estimated that each year’s class of dropouts will cost the country over $200B during their lifetimes, due to lost earnings, public welfare and crime.
Nearly 73% of our students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, 82% are students of color, and 70% of students live with a single parent or have other living arrangements. Over 19 years, Youth in Focus has had more than 2,700 youth go through our free youth development photography program.
http://youthinfocus.org/