Mobile Production Classroom

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This summer, Shine On, Chicago will be partnering with The Chicago Public Library and The Chicago Public Schools to teach teens how to operate a DSLR cameras while encouraging them to capture the beauty in different neighborhoods and museums around Chicago.
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Special thanks to the 3 local CPL branches that will be participating in our summer program: West Belmont, Back of the Yards, and Bessie Coleman Library.
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During the 6-week summer class, every 2 weeks the Photo Safari will travel to one of 3 CPL branches and offer local teens the opportunity to participate in our neighborhood Photo Safaris.
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Our 11 Core Teens will work with local branch teens to teach them the basics of using a DSLR camera, and in a teen-to-teen mentoring capacity help them take pictures of the different Chicago neighborhoods and museums we visit.

In addition, teens learn how to navigate the city safely using the CTA and public transportation as we visit different Chicago neighborhoods and museums.
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One goal of the program is to help teens find beauty and self-expression through the photos they take in different Chicago neighborhoods; at the same time, helping them build a Digital Portfolio they can use to pursue higher ed and career-building opportunities.

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Another goal is to share this teen work with the local community through Library Photo Shows. The 3 Photo Shows planned during the program will give community members a chance to see their neighborhoods in a new light and from a teen's perspective!

Check out what the teens had to say from last summer's Photo Safari:

Here are some images from last summer's Photo Safari Program: