The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

City Heights Homeless Speak for Change

By Brent Jensen, Kiran Mehta, Beto Soto, Binti Musa and Karla Flores, members of the AjA Project’s YAC Youth Media Team.
 
In efforts to positively impact the community, Price Philanthropies and California Endowment invested an estimated $265 million in City Heights over the past 15 years. The

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The Bahati Mamas: Growing freedom from the ground up

by Famo Musa
The Bahati Mamas, which means the Lucky Mamas, are a group of five women who are farmers, Hajia Kangame, Hawa Ahamed, Sitey Mbere, Khadija Musame and Maganey Ramazani. They have been farming together here in San Diego for five years. When they got the opportunity to farm

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Students to display themes of sustainability, education on art wall

The AjA Project’s PhotoCity program at Monroe Clark Middle School (MCMS) in City Heights is currently in its third semester of programming. Over the past few semesters, PhotoCity students have photographed and documented issues around their community, developed proposals for change around these issues, and presented their proposals to stakeholders

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PhotoCity Students Explore Safety and Wellbeing at their School

Prompted by a discussion about feeling safe on school grounds, PhotoCity students identified factors that directly impact their feeling of wellbeing at school.
Among the topics they brainstormed, students decided school theft, vandalism and litter made them feel unsafe. As a collective, PhotoCity students created images around these topics and

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News from the Classroom

Last week at Cajon Valley High School, we worked on gaining a better understanding of how aperture affects depth-of-field.  Journey students also worked on using depth-of-field to make dynamic and creative images.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Last month, students from AjA’s Journey class at El Cajon Valley High School participated in a national photo contest called “Through Your Lens”. Students were invited to show the world what they see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things they’re proud of and the

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