100cameras x Voice of Witness Storytelling Program for Students: Applications Now Open!

100cameras x Voice of Witness program
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Apply now for this dynamic program to support your students in telling their stories through photography and personal narrative.

The 100cameras x Voice of Witness program collaboration is designed to work in partnership with local schools, community centers, children’s homes, or enrichment programs to equip students with the tools they need to tell their stories while also empowering them to create change in their communities. This program is designated to partner alongside an organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The program grantee will receive the tools, curriculum, and support needed to teach kids to process and tell their stories through photography and personal narrative in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their roles in their community. The program includes weekly classes and activities led by our staff that will guide participants through the process of telling and documenting their past, present, and future.

The course will culminate in the creation of a book that features student photography and student-created oral history narratives. Each student participant will be given a free copy and all proceeds from the sale of the book will be given to the participating partner organization.

This program can serve up to 40 student participants. All student equipment and education provided through the partnership.

Criteria for Partner Organization:

The partner organization will be considered and accepted through an application process based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates strong community commitment ties through programs and services.
  2. Must be willing and able to establish and maintain a long-standing partnership with 100cameras and Voice of Witness.
  3. Shows substantial need that the 100cameras x Voice of Witness mission can positively impact students through creative expression on the personal and community levels.
  4. Must demonstrate accountability with funds and impact, including outcome and measurements.
  5. Shows enthusiasm and desire to work alongside 100cameras and Voice of Witness to help make the workshop a special and celebrated experience for the students.
  6. Has a lead representative to be liaison between partner organization and 100cameras and Voice of Witness.
  7. Commits to engage with 100cameras and Voice of Witness teams to provide progress reports on course updates, impact data, images, and stories to help amplify students’ voices and perspectives via website and social channels.
  8. Must have government registration as a legally authorized organization and be willing to provide documentation.
  9. Must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, US
  10. Must work with children/youth in the community. Those children/youth should:
    • Be central to the partner organization’s mission.
    • Benefit from the 100cameras and Voice of Witness course and the partner organizations’ programs.
    • Be available to participate consistently in an eight class course.
    • Either have experienced or are still experiencing challenging circumstances in life.
Course Outline:

Through interactive lectures, camera and photo activities, group discussions, writing and editing activities, and participant-led narrative interviews, this program utilizes the key benchmarks of visual and oral storytelling to teach youth how to process and tell their own stories in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their roles in their community.

There are seven classes and each session is approximately 2 hours long. The lessons are designed to be delivered “camp style” back-to-back over the course of 2 weeks. Some of the lessons may also be spread out over a longer period of time depending on program scheduling.

Application Timeline:
  • Application Deadline: Friday July 23, 2021 – 9:00pm EST
  • Application Process:Applicants that are selected to move forward to the second round will be notified and invited to join a video interview. Our team will be in touch with all applicants either way, and the selected program will be notified by Friday, August 20th, 2021.
  • Program Launch: Upon acceptance, the program is suggested to take place during the fall semester in October and November 2021 whether through remote or in-person learning.

We cannot wait to get to know you, your students, and the important work you are doing in your community!

The Voice of Witness and 100cameras program is supported by the Charles A. Becker Foundation.

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