ICP’s Community Partnership with Friends of Island Academy and the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) provides instruction in the basics of digital photography, writing, and public speaking as integrated into the pre-existing educational goals of Friends and CASES. Working with the themes of self and community empowerment, students work with digital cameras, laptop computers, and journals becoming more comfortable with their possibilities as tools for learning, self-expression, and affecting change. The curriculum includes: theme-based discussions, photography and writing assignments, slide presentations, group critiques/sharings, a guest artist visit, field trips, and time to prepare for the final presentation. The program culminates in a multimedia celebration of the students’ work for staff, family, and friends.
Friends of Island Academy is a youth development center, which anchors and empowers young people newly released from jail in New York City and offers the protective factors necessary to keep them from going back.
CASES is an organization that provides critical support services to predominantly court-involved youth.