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Youth Unlimited North York And YU Revolutions Earn-A-Bike Launch

10 Feb

Youth Unlimited  North York and YU Revolutions has officially launched their Earn-A-Bike program.  The program is giving 9youth from the Willowdale area of Toronto the opportunity to learn complete care and maintenance of a BMX bike from assembly on.  Through the 7 week program they will learn how to properly maintain and repair a BMX bike and at the successful completion of the program they will have earned the bike as their own!  The program is being hosted at Spring Garden Church and is in partnership with Silent Sports

I have the privilege of being a part of the program, photographing this evening and again as they wrap things up by riding their new bikes at Joyride 150 on the closing evening of the program

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Story-Portraits at Spring Garden Church

9 Jan

A while back I was approached by Joanna James at Spring Garden Church who was doing a paper for school at Wycliffe.  The objective of her paper test and observe the effectiveness of photography in changing youths’ attitudes and fostering unity within a community with the following as her thesis:

The human story as told through photography, has the power to engage stakeholders, affect policy makers, and transform the internal attitudes and values of a community.

In her paper she flattered me beyond belief by talking about my initiative of Shutters for Change alongside Jeremy Cowart’s Help Portrait and Photovoice

Joanna had a number of youth and leaders of the Spring Garden youth Group participate by first sharing their thoughts on community and then by sharing their thoughts on how they view themselves.  The questionnaire was filled out at an event where I did a portrait with each of them.  They have been given copies of their portraits and a collage has been put together for them in the Youth lounge where they meet weekly.  One of the most telling questions in the questionnaire was one that asked the youth about a hardship that they have had to overcome.  Surprising, was the fact that one youth said that he had never stopped to think about these things.

I was honoured to be a part of giving them a voice and to have been thought of and talked about in the same breath as some truly revolutionary photographers.

Here are some of the images:

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