About The AjA Project

The AjA Project exists to provide a platform for historically underrepresented youth and communities to utilize the power of creative self expression. We strive to do this through a process of participatory photography that asks participants to reflect on and critically analyze their personal lives and social worlds.


Our programming and pedagogy allows individuals to explore photography and change the dominant narratives surrounding their realities.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) serves our county’s most vulnerable students, and supports school leaders, teachers, and students across the county. We support nearly 780​ schools and more than 500,000 students, including the 3,150 children we educate each year through our Juvenile Court and Community Schools. SDCOE provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts, 124 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county.
Juvenile Court & Community Schools Mission Statement:
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) provide a fully accredited educational program for school-age youth who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation, or one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County. Services are provided to students who are incarcerated, pregnant or parenting, in foster care, expelled, chronically truant, in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and experiencing homelessness.
You Belong Here is a space for creatives to co-work, collaborate, and connect with other like-minded individuals and businesses. We encourage our community to teach, learn, connect and support one another - all with the goal of helping you grow your business and brand with accessible tools and education, in-person networking events and workshops, community programming, and coming together.