Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) students showed
off their positive qualities and displayed some of the things that inspire or
inhibit them through photographs today at the San Diego County Office of
The photo show was part of JCCS’ partnership with
The AjA Project, a group that aims to transform the lives of youth and
communities through photography.
Each student displayed three photos: one that represented a
quality they value about themselves, and others to symbolize the things that
inspire and inhibit that quality.
Stefon, a student at La Mesa Community School, chose
“resilience” as his trait on which to focus the lens. He said he has enjoyed
learning more about photography through The AjA Project and now takes more
pictures at home.
“It’s fun, and it’s another way to express yourself,” he
He also said he was happy to see so many students, teachers
and County Office of Education employees at the show.
“It shows that there are people out there who care,” he
Having positive reinforcement from an art show like this can
be very powerful for students, said Andrew Bye, a teacher at Youth Day Center.
“To be validated for positive stuff is not something that these
kids are used to,” he said.
Terry Rogers was there to support his daughter, who showed
her photos. He said he was excited to see her work on the wall.
“It’s good to see people come out and take the time to see
the pictures,” he said.
Educators with The AjA Project visited JCCS classrooms
starting in April to teach students about the basics of photography and how to
express themselves through pictures.
“It’s an opportunity for them to be very honest,” Bye said.
“It’s very raw; it’s very real.”