The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

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empowering youth to reframe and reclaim their world through photography; results in empowered young adults confident to influence change and define their own futures.

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Juana
I do AjA Project because they help me how I can use the camera and because I want to be the photographer of my house. I love to take photos of my family.
Cuc
Art makes life beautiful because it informs people and make people think differently, there will be more diversity.
Lidia
Telling stories using photos is important because maybe you don’t understand that language that another person speaks, but if you show them a picture from your experience, they can start to understand you.
First Lady Laura Bush
The AjA Project is ... an outstanding program that helps youth discover their talents and unleash their imaginations in unique ways. [These] photographs conveying stories of immigration to America give children a new pe­­rspective about other people’s journeys to find freedom...

Our Impact

Participatory photography is the underpinning for all of AjA’s programs and is utilized as an intervention tool with marginalized populations. Since founding in 2000, the AjA Project has successfully utilized this method with refugee and at-risk youth.

3500
Youth Served To Date
706
Youth Served in 2015
14
Art Installations in 2015
33
Programs in 2015

Our Programs

The AjA Project partners with organizations in the health, education, and arts to build participatory photography practices around their specific mission to deepen the impact of their work. Our model puts youth at the heart of driving social justice efforts in their own communities.

Find Your Voice

Programs that fall under Find Your Voice have a goal of giving a greater voice to San Diego youth. They utilize art to spark dialogue and strengthen their communities.


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USE YOUR VOICE

Programs that fall under Use Your Voice have a goal of helping participants turn the lens outward. They learn about factors that influence their community and learn how to use photography as a tool for change.


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RAISE YOUR VOICE

Programs that fall under Raise Your Voice have a goal of helping participant turn the lens inward. They utilize photography as a tool for self-reflection and identity formation.


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Our Partners

A special thanks to our partners, whose support makes AjA's work possible.
Contact us to become a partner.