SKIPtography offers a five week digital photography program for children of incarcerated parents, by using photography exploration combined with journaling to promote problem solving skills and self expression.
SKIPtography’s youth empowerment program is located in Montgomery, Alabama. Literacy through photography can positively influence children and is dedicated to the value of each student’s education and success in life. SKIPtography allows every student to have access to creative outlets that builds character and develops social and academic skills. SKIPtography and journaling is also a therapeutic way to address challenges, improve writing, teaching the appreciation of beauty, family, community, improving self-esteem, responsibility, and alternative ways to manifest inner peace.
SKIPtographers, children of incarcerated parents, ages range from 13 to 17, including those who are under the supervision of the legal system due to neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Each student is initially loaned a digital camera during the program. Lessons are age appropriate. SKIPtographers learn how to use a camera, how
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photography can be used as a tool for self-expression, how to apply computer digital technology to enhance photographic images, how to frame pictures, and how to learn from photographs.
The photographer gives weekly assignments to challenge SKIPtographers to capture different areas of their life. Each SKIPtographer keeps a journal to express their experiences of taking photographs, as well as content of their images.
The photographer facilitates a group discussion of images taken by SKIPtographers. The students are asked to express their feelings about selected photographs. This prompts how SKIPtographers view themselves, family, and their community. They also compile their work in a digital format, learn to mat and frame their best work. SKIPtographers will be introduced how to mat and frame their photographs.
Be a hero and change a life. Sponsor a child in the Skiptography program and help them move from photo-journaling sessions to a photo exhibition by visiting www.skipinc.org. Individual sponsorship (Voice or Advocate for Skippers) will ensure your name on the program and corporate sponsorship (Champion for Skippers) will ensure your company name displayed with a SKIPtographer’s artwork.
The exhibition will be at the Rosa Parks Museum located in Montgomery Alabama, Saturday, August 4, 2012 between 10 am and 1 pm. The exhibit is open to the public.
Again, SKIPtography teaches students self-confidence, an outlet for self-expression, how to develop a small business that helps pay for school supplies and clothes by selling artwork. SKIPtography also builds strong mentoring relationships.
Our goal is to expand SKIPtography to more locations each year. If you know children who would benefit from this program, please contact Zenobia Morant at (334) 369-4141 or (770) 342-9276. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.