OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
Here you can learn more about the following core aspects to our work:
Our curriculum empowers the individual self
Our platform empowers local-driven change
Our approach is proven
Our impact to date and how you can join
1. our curriculum empowers SELF-LED DISCOVERY AND FREEDOM
Working with kids worldwide ranging in age from 10 - 18 years old, our curriculum is designed to guide kids through a process of self-discovery and realization of the important role and contribution they have in their surroundings. Utilizing photography as our gateway to support kids in finding their confidence, ownership, and expression, our program provides a clearing where kids can process and tell the stories of their past, present, and future with no judgement or expectations.
The activities in each lesson are designed to create opportunities for students to identify and help shift any internal negative dialogues of self-worth, emotions, or feelings of being overlooked or not heard toward writing a self-narrative of meaning and importance however they may choose.
Providing tools that put the power and ownership of telling their own story directly into their hands leads to a state of empowerment through recognizing, and being recognized, that it has always been their own story — their own voice — and that their participation is very much needed in the bigger picture.
2. our curriculum empowers SELF-LED PROVISION OF NEEDS
Furthermore, the kids’ photo sales fund important supplies in their community. We will never attempt to suggest what supplies are needed most in a local community and rely solely on the rooted and accomplished local partner organization to choose what would be the most effective benefit for the students. Whenever possible with the partner organization, the kids are included in the decision.
This is crucial in showing kids firsthand how they can be important contributors to their surroundings and that at the core of it all -- they matter. Through their perspectives and community contributions being uplifted onto a global platform, kids are showing themselves that today and always, they are the bigger picture.
Every time you watch, see, purchase, and listen to what kids worldwide have to show and say, you are lifting them up, too.
3. our approach is proven
100cameras was honored to be included in a recent report published by the United Nations entitled Cradled by Conflict. This renowned research supports our specific approach and programming, proving that youth who have experienced traumas and were given an opportunity to process and share their past difficulties were impacted positively over time. They felt heard and valued, as well as were more likely to become effective contributors to their communities. Our method and approach were included as an example of an enrichment program that could come alongside communities and local development organizations by providing this opportunity to their youth. In addition, we are proud to share that many images taken by 100cameras students around the world were included as features in the published report.
Further academic research ties this exact link between the provision of visual arts to the impact it has with kids who have experienced trauma or difficulty in any way. Across the many sectors of injustices, it is supported that kids who have been given the platform to process, tell, and feel heard are more likely to engage verses choose decisions that can lead to delinquency.
4. our direct results
To date, we have partnered with 25 communities, supporting 364 kids to graduate from our programs worldwide, raising over $55,000 USD in photo sales to fund much-needed supplies such as food, medicine, eye glasses, computers, and cooling systems. To see what has been specifically funded in each project as determined as a priority need by the local community themselves, check out our project gallery HERE to read more about each one.
In 2017, we officially launched a platform for programming entitled Snapshot Projects. This platform packages up our entire model including the curriculum, equipment, and training along with the tips and lessons learned from over a decade of experience into one kit for passionate individuals to lead their own 100cameras project in a community they care about. A dream since the early days, this program enables us to equip local leaders as well as to ultimately work alongside more kids worldwide. In 2018, we worked with 13 communities thus far which more than doubled our impact made historically prior to the launch — in one year alone.
In 2019, our team is headed to the Middle East to work alongside kids who fled ISIS, with plans to complete an additional 19 more projects, making this our biggest year of impact yet.
Learn more and apply to lead a Snapshot Project and become a direct part of our approach and impact.