Jessica Little

Youth Photo Project

Grant Awarded: $12,000

The Youth Photography Project is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to allowing young people ages 16 to 21 the opportunity to experience the artistic value of photography.

Working with Covenant House, a crisis support and emergency shelter for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth under the age of 21, the project aims to help provide crisis intervention and community-based services, shelter and independent living programs. In collaboration with Covenant House, the Youth Photo Project produced 50 photography kits that included a Holga 135, camera travel case, project guide, backpack, film, pens and a survey/artist statement workbook. Posters and flyers were printed to promote the project to Covenant House residents in Georgia and New York, and more than 250 youth participated, producing over 2,000 images to be sold for $100 per image at gallery fundraising events and online. Plans call for expanding the program to other Covenant House chapters, and has the potential to raise over $200,000 for the organization on an annual basis.