Bobby J.

March 09, 2018

Hi Elle, this is Bobby and I work with Fish at Peace First. I love this project as well. Fish provided some great feedback. I would also add another key part of narrative control is having the power to share our story directly with others. So, with that said, I hope that helping young people to leverage the power of social media and public spaces to tell their stories is part of your work. If you need support in that area, Peace First can help connect you with some social media experts and we would also be happy to help share some of your images and stories through our network. Keep us posted on where and how we can help.
Fish S.

March 09, 2018

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
This project is amazing! Elle, I love your deep thinking about the link between storytelling and justice, and the demonstrated power of photography as a medium for this! I love your goals for the skills you want to empower your students with, and the way collaboration is baked deeply into your project. And I love the level of thought and detail your list of key steps shows! Simply put - I think your insight is strong, your plan is rock-solid, and your compassion is clear. Couldn't be more excited to see the outcome!

Ways to strengthen:
Again, this is a very strong project -- I just have three suggestions.

1. I think you could do more to clarify the link between narrative control and power/racism. Not because I don't understand or agree with your theory -- I'm really excited about it -- but because I think other young people on the site will really benefit from seeing you explain the link between claiming narrative control and building power. (Your students will also benefit from having this explained directly -- so any practice you can get breaking it down in an accessible way will be helpful!)

2. I encourage you to think about developing some formal tools to measure students' self-empowerment and self-efficacy! I have no doubt that your workshops will build these skills in students -- but you'll want to be able to prove it! We can help with this.

3. I hope you'll have your students post their art on the platform, if they're willing -- we would love to see it!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project! Let us know how we can help.
RaulPF C.

February 09, 2018

Hi Elle,
I am part of the Peace First team and I wanted to provide you with some feedback related to your project insight.
I really, really like the way that you are trying to address a root cause that is overlooked a lot of the time. Do you already have connections with the schools you want to start running the workshops with?
I would love to see how your project evolves!
Raul
Elle E.

February 27, 2018

Thank you! Yes, I worked with freshmen at this school last year and am at a different school in the district this year. I'm hoping to reach out to the principal in early April to figure out logistics about running this program!
RaulPF C.

March 01, 2018

Good morning, Elle!
Thanks for your update. I really look forward to hearing how those discussions with the principal go and then hearing how the program goes once you can run it!
Raul
Fish S.

December 11, 2017

Hey Elle -- love these project goals. Anything we can do to help?
Fish S.

November 21, 2017

Hi Elle -- sounds like an awesome project. Love the idea of giving students narrative control by helping them develop storytelling skills through photography. Do you have a curriculum you plan to follow? Can we help with that?

We're ready to support your project however we can -- including through mini-grants of up to $250! -- so let us know where you need help.
Elle E.

November 27, 2017

I don't currently have a curriculum planned, but I was a part of a similar photography course in high school and I was thinking about following what I did then as a baseline. I want to start by building a skillset and reviewing photography basics, and then build with photography as a platform for social justice and how they can use it as a tool. I would definitely love receiving help with planning that curriculum though!
Fish S.

November 29, 2017

Hi Elle, sounds awesome. Love that you're starting with what you know. We'd be happy to help you plan out the curriculum. How long/how many sessions do you think it will last?
Elle E.

December 01, 2017

I'm hoping to do it through the course of a school year, so an hour once a week for 30~ weeks!