Donor: Vision Workshops!!

Vision Workshops is a non-profit from Annapolis, Maryland.  Their mission is to provide innovative, dynamic, educational and life changing experiences for youth, using the tools of photojournalism.  They not only work with youth and refugees in the Annapolis,Baltimore and DC areas, but they also hold workshops world-wide in association with National Geographic Photo Camps and Crossing Boarders.  They give the kids a chance to explore their world through their cameras, to express their feelings and they help them find their voice through art.

When we decided to go to Nicaragua to work with the kids, I called upon Vision Workshop’s executive director, Kirsten Elstner, for some advice about teaching photo workshops to youth.  I teach adult learners at the local community college, but this was going to be a completely different ball game.  I was going to be dealing with young kids, language barriers, short attention spans, and all kinds of social issues.  Kirsten was a wealth of knowledge, extremely helpful and got me really excited to get to work and expose the Peace Project kids to the art of photography.  As if that wasn’t enough, she even donated a bunch of point and shoot cameras for me to use for the workshop.  The best part was that I didn’t have to bring the cameras back and the Peace Project would get to keep them!!  Thank you Kirsten and Vision Workshops!!photo

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Latitude = Choose Freely

When we decided to start something that matters, one of the hardest decisions we made was picking a name for our evolving idea.  After multiple brainstorming sessions, discussing during long road trips, emails back and forth, and lots of nixing of each others ideas, we finally decided on the right word.  I’m really happy Mike thought of it because it really encompasses everything we’ve been feeling and it fits our little endeavor perfectly.

The word “latitude” means freedom of action, choice or thought.  We all have the latitude to make a choice, to think freely and to act on those thoughts and ideas.  Too often, though, doubt can get in the way of believing we’re capable of this.  My Dad (and Fivel Mousekewitz), however, always told me “never say never” and my Mom always told me “you can do anything you set your mind to”.  I’m a firm believer in both of those ideals and we are striving to push through and make positive things happen.  Our goal is to help others, the world and hopefully inspire others to believe anything is possible and to find their latitude.

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