A Change for the Beautiful: LLA Partner Launches Foundation to Support Youth Storytelling


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The W.H.Y. Project merges into Cause Beautiful, Hipstamatic’s philanthropic foundation which promotes social change through mobile photography


By Justin Warren


Two of Life Learning Academy’s favorite partner organizations have united under a new philanthropic foundation that will amplify the reach and impact of LLA students’ visual storytelling projects.

Last Fall, LLA partnered with The W.H.Y. Project and Hipstamatic to create #WeHearYouSF, a youth media project that showcased uniquely personal stories by LLA students.

Today, Hipstamatic unveiled Cause Beautiful, a foundation that, according to its mission statement, “strives to inspire urban youth by leveraging photography, storytelling and technology as a way of self expression,” and “seeks to support the educators and professional photographers that utilizes mobile technology to build a community centered around causing change.”


Voices from LLA’s 2013 W.H.Y. Project Students
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Headed by W.H.Y. Project founder Luanne Dietz, the foundation will work to support youth storytelling and bridge the gap between professional media makers and aspiring teens.

“There is an emerging generation looking for a way to express itself and get out of the vicious cycle of unattainable dreams in low-income neighborhoods,” Dietz explained in a Time Lightbox feature about Cause Beautiful. “Their eyes have become their voice, and their voice needs to be heard.”

Cause Beautiful has also named Justin Warren to act as Director of Education Strategy. Warren, who currently serves as LLA’s Strategic Initiatives Director, will advise on enhancing and scaling the foundation’s educational impact.

See additional coverage of the Cause Beautiful release on Time Magazine, Ed Week, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Follow Cause Beautiful (@CauseBeautiful) on Twitter and Instagram for ongoing updates.

See previous #WeHearYouSF stories


Images from LLA’s 2013 W.H.Y. Project
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