Youth in San Diego attending the Juvenile Court and Community School district use photography to self-process their lives, tell their stories, and critically examine their social environments using the camera as a lens. Through caring mentorships with dedicated teaching artists at The AjA Project, young people build a body of artistic work centered around empowerment, reflection, identity and resilience.


AjA works intentionally with youth impacted by the school to prison pipeline. The work produced in these programs is a testament to the strength, determination and perseverance of our participants. Our practice is informed by lived experience and rooted in a desire to uplift our communities by sharing the very narratives of the youth existing in them. 

These are their stories told by how they see them. 

It's time for us to listen and look.