Photography Teaching Artist. 2012-2013 I Created and instructed weekly lessons in photography for a group of young women through Street Level Youth Media.   True Focus Photography was an arts program hosted by  Street Level Youth Media , through the CYC after school program at YWLCS, using photography and writing as a method of self expression, empowerment and storytelling. Each week students created work that promoted individuality and creativity as well as addressing social issues.   
 2014  Student photography work published on The Los Angeles Times "Framework".   http://framework.latimes.com/2015/01/29/giving-kids-a-platform-to-be-heard/    
 Photography Teaching Artist. 2014  ( YouTHink , student Cynthia.) A  3-session photography program for middle and high school-aged youth. This program, focusing on the theme “Where I’m From,” was part of a year-long social justice leadership program at youTHink.    The name of my photograph is ‘What Might Have Been’. This photograph shows a part of my family history. We either sale crops or we grow them. My father has a garden full of crops, he has watermelons and strawberries. My mother has her own little flower garden. The thing that amazes me about gardening is you have this ability to create something. You're creating life.   I’m amazed how I have the lowest self esteem and sometimes I want to disappear off this earth. But I look and see this little flower and think if this flower can survive rain and heat, why can't I survive everything life throws at me? I was born in Mexico, When I was two years old my mother decided she didn't want me to have a life like she did. She wanted something better for me. 'What Might Have Been' means that if I had stayed in Mexico would I have had the option to make my own life?     
 Photography/ Photojournalism Teaching Artist 2011- 2013   Step Up Women's Network . I created weekly lesson plans that encouraged confidence building and empowerment while instructing students in skills of photography, journalism and critical thinking.   Photo by Tamera M of Kalani V. 
 2014   Student portrait of Andreass, 9th grade, Dorsey High School  :   I think I would describe myself as a different and outgoing person because I’m not trying to be like everyone else and I’ve been through a lot. So it comes together as I’m overcoming everything that happened in the past and I just want to help other people that’s going through the same stuff that I went through when I was younger. 
  Emilio, 12th grade, YouThink:   This photo is important to me because people know Compton, my hometown, as a violent place with gang- banging and drug dealers. I won't lie to you, It's kind of a section to it, but every city has its defaults. I want to show in this picture a nice and peaceful place in Compton. The majority of the city is like that. I used the train to show how productive it is. I got on my roof and I actually waited for the train to pass. I used the sunset in the background to make it seem peaceful, nice, and quiet. I used the shadowy trees to add a nice harmony. Compton means everything to me. I was raised here. My whole childhood is here. It's home to me. 
 Photography Teaching Artist.  (YouTHink, student Alessandro.)  A 3-session photography program for middle and high school-aged youth. This program, focusing on the theme “Where I’m From,” was part of a year-long social justice leadership program at youTHink.
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