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!!