THE AJA PROJECT
Photo-education can transform lives.
The AjA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Utilizing participatory photography methods and an assets-based model, AjA’s programs transform youth and communities. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 2000 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 1 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits.
Rizzhel has a Teaching Artist at the The AjA Project since 2014.
In partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, teach students to turn the lens outward an critically examine issues that affect their lives and communities. Students explore potential solutions and turn research into action. This exploration helps them to gain access to the power of their voice as well as personal investment in their communities. The program is designed to connect with larger community efforts in the area and provide a platform for cooperative solution making between youth, school, administrators, community organizations and policy makers.
FULL STEAM AHEAD
In partnership with the Barrio Logan Collage Institute, builds on the national movement to integrate art into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Using photography as a platform to explore and learn about the principles through historical and contemporary hands-on activities.
In partnership with the San Diego County office of Education, provide photography curriculum to incarcerated youth, pregnant youth, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children.
Journey is an after-school program that utilizes participatory photography methods to address the behavioral health, linguistic ability and social capacity of middle and high school refugee youth. Each year the program serves approximately 100 youth over 27 countries.