Photojournalism for Girls
Up Womens Networks "Photojournalism for Girls" class.
Up Women's Network Photojournalism for Girls class 2007: back row, center: co-instructor
Maya Myers, Step Up Women's Network Community Programs Manager Jamie Kogan, and
lead instructor Amy Tierney
Photojournalism for Girls is a class for Teen girls, sponsored
by Step Up Womens Network and Crystal Light, and taught by photographers
and WIPI members Amy Tierney and Maya Myers.
I dream to be a photographer.
I dream to be an attorney.
I dream to be an actress.
I dream to be a police
I dream to be a fashion designer.
I dream to be a DJ.
to be a model.
I dream to be a veterinarian.
I dream to be a skin care
The list goes on and on and represents just a few of the
24 dreams that were further inspired in Step Up
Womens Networks "Photojournalism for Girls" class.
by ©Amy Tierney
"The Bold and The Beautiful" actress Ashley
Jones gets photographed by Step Up Women's network photojournalism student Ana
Chairez in the show's production office.
by pro-photographer Amy Tierney (www.joyridephotography.com)
and co-taught by pro-photographer Maya Myers (www.mayamyers.com),
the class took place every Wednesday after school from January 10th - April 18th,
2007, with the fantastic support of women in the Step Up network as a way to introduce
our teen girls to women succeeding in all types of careers.
were first taught the tools of photojournalism, and then given the opportunity
to interview and photograph a professional Step Up member who they dreamed to
emulate. It was an exciting opportunity for the girls to expand their skills by
learning how to use manual-function digital cameras, digital voice recorders,
and Photoshop. Amy and Maya spent four months teaching the girls the skills they
needed, and then took the girls on the interviews with all the women that signed
up to take part in the program. After interviewing and photographing a professional
Step Up member, the girls created a web page to showcase their interviews.
Not only did the girls learn a new set of skills, the meetings between the
girls and the women were extraordinary! Sabrina Smith interviewed Step Up member
DJ Shy (of KIIS FM) completely without note cards. Jocelyn Flores stepped out
from behind her shy shell to improvise an acting scene with actress Kali Rocha
of Gray's Anatomy after she interviewed and photographed her. Ana
Chairez got the full tour of CBS Studios by actress Ashley Jones (of The Bold
and the Beautiful) as she photographed her, and then put Ashley's words of wisdom
to use when she asked for the production coordinator's card on her way out the
by ©Maya Myers
Aspiring musician and Step Up's photojournalism student
photographs singer and songwriter Joan Jones.
Self Magazine ran an advertorial (as placed by class sponsor Crystal Light/Kraft
Foods) on the program in the September 2007 issue of Self Magazine,
and a gallery show was held in Los Angeles on August 23rd at DCA Fine Arts Gallery
to showcase the girls' work and members' involvement. The class, will furthermore,
be introduced to the other Los Angeles Charter High Schools Step Up partners with
in 2008 and potentially, the class will be introduced to the organizations
New York and Chicago chapters.
NBC local news covered the event, as did
Please help support programs like these for underserved
girls. Our public schools lack in art, music and physical education classes. Step
Up Womens Network is helping to provide a bridge for young women. Consider
donating here: www.suwn.org.
Up would like to thank the amazing women that met with the girls: DJ
Shy, Kristin Wasserstrom, Kali Rocha, Ashley Jones, Kimberly Buffington, Stephanie
Walker, Rachel Pally, Kate Somerville, Stephanie Cohen, Ashley Jones, Chef La
La, Michele Karron Belkind, Carla Gentile, Claire Wolterman, Cathy Brown, Joan
Joans, Susanna Mercedes, Joanie Dodds, Ellice Schwartz, Dolphina, Saretta McDonough,
Jenny Morgan, Laurissa Hulsebus, Susanna Mercedes, Jenny Morgan, Ellice Schwartz,
Joanie Dodds, Michelle Karron
Up is on the cutting edge of women's social philanthropy.
The organization's strength stems from the members' ability to leverage their
personal and professional skills and relationships to give back to the community.
Programs are designed to engage women in a way that inspires a life-long commitment
to responsible, philanthropic involvement encompassing hands-on volunteer work
and leadership opportunities. "Invest, Involve and Inspire" is their
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