Mobile Production Classroom

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Last summer, Shine On, Chicago worked with After School Matters to teach CPS high school students how to document Chicago neighborhoods and help them capture the beauty in those neighborhoods with their cameras.
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This summer, with the approval of our HIVE Spark Grant, Shine On, Chicago will be partnering with The Chicago Public Library to pay teens, while giving them the cameras and knowledge to capture the beauty in the many diverse communities of Chicago.
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Each CPL branch will have Capturing Beauty Photo Shows to showcase teen photos, and give the local community an opportunity to view their neighborhoods in a new light!
Special thanks to the folks at Teen Services at CPL for helping us get the space for our program!
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The Images and video below are from last summer's ASM Photo Safari Program:

This 6-week Summer Program gives teens hands-on photographic experience.

During this 6-week production class, teens will receive training in not only cameras and computers, but also be immersed in a self-exploration curriculum which allows students to discover the beauty within their own communities.

Teens use this understanding to help them capture their ideas and impressions of 'the simple good' from diverse Chicago neighborhoods, and to bring awareness of the positivity that surrounds them!