The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program

by Business for Better Society
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program
The Acts of Kindness Fund & Learning Program

Project Report | Mar 11, 2024
YouthLens: Healing Through Photography

By Kelly Brantner | CEO

At Business for Better Society (BBS), we are driven by the value of innovation as we work towards creating positive change in the world. One of the standout initiatives that encapsulates this value is the Photo Start program in Bolivia, a project aimed at empowering vulnerable youth through therapeutic photography.

The project consisted of two remarkable cohorts and the workshop itself was an immersive experience with clear objectives: to enhance social empathy, foster recognition of potential, and contribute to the psychological well-being of individuals facing challenges.

Participants embarked on a profound journey of self-discovery through the lens of photography. They explored their innermost selves, delved into emotions, examined interpersonal relationships, recognised their environments, and conveyed their personal narratives through portraits, self-portraits, and images of their homes and caregivers. This unique approach aimed not only to empower individuals but also to catalyse collective change and social transformation.

Photography served as a medium for exploring identity and navigating the complexities of their foster homes. The educational aspect of the program equipped participants with practical photography skills, offering them a unique mode of self-expression and reflection. These newfound skills not only empowered them but also provided an alternative means of storytelling and personal narrative reconstruction.

The emotional depth captured in the photographs turned them into visual diaries, documenting everyday life and serving as tools for self-reflection. Visual storytelling became a source of comfort and emotional support as participants shared their stories through images.

The outcomes of the program were profound. Participants experienced increased self-esteem, enhanced self-expression, and stronger interpersonal connections. The sense of agency gained through photography reflected in their ability to navigate adversity. The broader implications of using visual arts for therapeutic purposes became evident as the participants reconstructed their identities and developed coping skills, contributing to their overall well-being.

The success of Photo Start's initiative underscores the transformative power of art and the profound impact the BBS GlobalGiving community of supporters is making on youth worldwide.

We extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our donors. Thank you!

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Location: Hong Kong - Hong Kong SAR
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