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Photography with youth


I am running groups with at risk youth mainly out of High School Alternative programs. I am seeking any resources around photography projects with youth and legacy projects.

Thanks for any ideas, hints and comments.

Heather Dean

Heather which high school area are you working from? I have an idea, let me know.

Susan Mosure

Hi Heather

At the SIRCC conference in June, young people who were or had been in residential care in Scotland presented their images from a photography project that they took part in. It was an amazing privilege to see the outcome of the project. John Paul Fitzpatrick from SIRCC was heavily involved in it and I'm sure he wouldn't mind an email which you can get from the SIRCC website, to talk a bit more about it. I've included the link to the magazine that was published with some of the images and feedback.

Good luck, sounds like it will be a lot of fun and amazing opportunities.

Kathleen Mulvey

Hi there. One of the best projects would be born into brothels. I have attached the link. Not only were the children taught photography but there was a real appreciation on how they saw the world.

It can be watched here.

Good luck,
Tabitha Woodall
Toronto Ontario

Hey Heather,

Sounds wonderful ! While working in a Group Home for at risk Aboriginal youth in care, I organized a hiking trek into the river valley trails. They had lots of fun connecting with nature and taking pictures, with little disposable cameras, of the forest and any animals that they spotted.

Printing the photos allowed them to see their creativity and have some memories of the hike they participated in. Creating a photo album, collage and even posters, with comments written on pieces of paper and glued on or near photos, was another way to express themselves.

It was a Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic experience all the way around, for all !!

Be well,
Linda McKeen


I also work in a senior Alt program (Gr 9 to 12) We have a wall of pictures of the kids as the year progresses. The kids love showing their photos to friends and it seems to be a positive place in the program. Also we then get to send photos for the year book (the years before the Senior Alt did not have anything about them in the yearbook). There is also photo therapy. Very interesting way to reach the youth. I have used it.

Would love to hear how your photo project progresses.


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