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Life Learning Academy has partnered with The W.H.Y. Project and Hipstamatic to bring you #WeHearYouSF, a visual storytelling project set to debut February 28, 2014 during a gallery show at Haus of Hipstamatic in San Francisco, CA

 

By Justin Warren

 

Life Learning Academy has partnered with The W.H.Y. Project and Hipstamatic to bring you #WeHearYouSF, a visual storytelling project set to debut February 28, 2014 during a gallery show at Haus of Hipstamatic in San Francisco, CA

Event Invitation

Prompted with the thought, “If you could tell the world anything, what would you say…” five students ranging in age from 15 to 18 took to the streets of their neighborhoods with an iPod touch to tell stories of personal significance.

“When I was younger I witnessed things no kid should see. It took me getting locked up to change my lifestyle,” said Demond Norman, a senior at LLA.

“One day I was in court and the judge called me a ‘menace to society.’ She told me I had two sides of me, and that it’s up to me to decide what kind of guy I want to be.”

Demond, along with four of his classmates from Life Learning Academy, used Hipstamatic’s social sharing app OGGL to capture life as they see it.

“We were blown away by the topics the students decided to cover. The stories are very personal,” said Luanne Dietz, the Director of the W.H.Y. Project.

“These students expressed and captured emotions in themselves that some adults have never let themselves feel before.”

As the stories progressed, students were paired with local photojournalism professionals who served as guest editors and mentors through the project.

“I was touched not only by the quality of the students’ work but also by the insight photography seemed to give them into their own lives,” said freelance photojournalist Sam Wolson.

In an effort to keep students in school and off the streets, Life Learning Academy encourages high-school aged students, most of whom have not been successful in other school settings, to learn by doing. Most of the students who come to LLA are in need of a second chance, or a fresh start.

“The number one thing we do at Life Learning Academy is encourage people to think differently about what they can become,” said LLA Digital Storytelling teacher Justin Warren. “I think people are eager to tell young people what to do rather than to ask them what they should do. Sometimes just asking the question is more important than what the answer is.”

 

Join us for a unique student art experience and meet the student artists behind #WeHearYouSF!

Date: February 28, 2014

Time: 6pm -8pm

Where: Haus of Hipstamatic, 4 Langton St. (btwn Folsom & Howard, 7th and 8th), San Francisco, CA

RSVP: bit.ly/WeHearYouSF

*There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door*

To stay up to date: Follow The W.H.Y. Project at @wehearyouworld and Life Learning Academy at @LLASF

 

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