Deadline: Job posting with Youth Action Coalition
Program Coordinator, GirlsEyeView Amherst
Posting date: 11/8/12
Start date: January 2013, with orientation in December 2012
GirlsEyeView (GEV) is an empowerment project for middle and high school-aged young women in Amherst that incorporates darkroom photography, creative writing, leadership development and community engagement. As one of Youth Action Coalition’s Arts-for-Change (AfC) projects, GEV aims to help youth develop a strong sense of self and identity, understand difference, explore and develop language for critical social and media analysis. Within this context youth learn how to use photography and writing as a tool for communicating their ideas and opinions about growing up female and understanding their unique life situations. Workshops incorporate group building activities, photo skill development, discussions, photo shoots and fieldtrips. Youth play an active role in deciding how the group will function and how it can be a supportive and creative environment for all. They create exhibitions in galleries and downtown locations, and sell their photographs. They also collaborate with YAC’s other Arts-for-Change projects through collaborative events, exhibits and actions. We have a GEV site in Ware that is a digital program.
GEV Amherst is open to girls in 7th-9th grades and utilizes the darkroom at Amherst Regional High School. We partner with PRISM, the 21st Century After School Program at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School.