Since 2011, professional photographer and dedicated volunteer Richard Doran has led youth photography classes at our Pacoima FamilySource Center for students in our Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program. In that time the course has evolved from a basic lesson in techniques into an enriching experience that inspires students to imagine and plan for a promising future.
Sharing the same five cameras, students have worked in the classroom and on field trips from Los Angeles landmarks, to our local beaches, and even the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. After hundreds of classes, thousands of photographs, and untold mileage, our cameras were starting to show their age.
Now, thanks to a grant of over $11,000 from Women Helping Youth, our classes will be equipped with 12 brand new cameras! In addition, students will also be able to use those new cameras with new lenses, laptops and studio equipment! Thanks to the generosity of Women Helping Youth, we will be able to almost double the number of students served at our Pacoima FamilySource Center.
Our students recently took a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific with their new equipment to learn how to take photos under difficult lighting conditions.
Women Helping Youth is a women’s philanthropic organization committed to improving the physical, mental and emotional well being of children and young adults in need in the Los Angeles area by combining individual donations to create a larger pool of funds with which to make a difference in the lives of youth.
We thank Women Helping Youth for their assistance in making this possible!