Las Fotos Project was launched in 2010 and is a nonprofit, community-based photography program with a mission to bring about positive change for teenage girls facing adversity.
Each year Las Fotos Project offers free participatory photography workshops serving over 200 girls ages 11 to 17 living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Southern California and several satellite locations in the United States and Latin America.
Workshops include one-on-one mentoring, photography instruction and assigned field projects that are structured to stimulate and develop the students’ imagination, encourage critical thinking and refine cognitive and creative skills.
The curriculum covers the fundamentals of photography—digital and film, creative writing based on photography subjects, group discussions and public exhibitions of students’ work.
Las Fotos Project workshops are offered in partnership with other high-performing nonprofits, as well as public middle and high schools, which offer use of their facilities and referrals of students who have an interest in photography or will likely benefit from the program.