The Power of Peers
Life After School, Through the Eyes of Asheville's Urban Youth



"The Power of Peers" will be on display in Ramsey Library's third floor gallery from February 1st to February 28th, 2009.  A closing reception will be held February 27th at 4:00 p.m. 


This exhibit of student-shot photography was made possible by two programs established by the YMCA of Western North Carolina, Project Outreach at Asheville Middle School and Multicultural Achievers. 




Each participant received professional photography lessons, cameras, and a request to perform portrait work among their peers. This exhibit is a collection of these photos, handpicked by the young photographers.


The objective of this program was to provide disadvantaged youth with quality photography lessons and give them the opportunity to showcase their work to the community.  Some of these teens face considerable odds on a daily basis; projects such as this give them both an opportunity to show the community who influences them once the afternoon school bells ring, and how they view Asheville. 




The YMCA’s Project Youth Outreach at Asheville Middle School is an after school and summer camp that works with at-risk youth, providing them daily academic and life skills support through an enriching and fun learning environment. YMCA Multicultural Achievers is an employment readiness, job and life skills training program for teens residing in Pisgah View Apartments.  


Updated 5 February 2009. Comments to the Library Web Team.

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