FINDING HOPE IN PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE IMAGE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

The birthplace of Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY’s high school graduation rates are at 43%.  Major corporations are struggling to survive.  Young professionals are leaving for better opportunities.  One-third of Rochesterians are living in poverty, worse, 52% of children under the age of 18 are surviving below the poverty rate.

Sarah Takako Skinner and Marc Raco pause for a rare turn in front of the lens at High Falls in Rochester, NY during a photo shoot.

Sarah Takako Skinner and Marc Raco pause for a rare turn in front of the lens at High Falls in Rochester, NY during a photo shoot.

Hope is…all around us.  Hope is…in us.  Hope is…what we, as leaders, need to inspire in our community.

The collaboration between Villa of Hope (a Rochester-based community of caring professionals offering a range of specialized services for youth and families to develop skills for lasting success) and the Hope Is Project is an extraordinary opportunity to influence a community mindset and impact the lives of youth and leaders in Rochester, and help Rochester-and all she touches-find Hope once more. 

Youth at Villa of Hope have experienced some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable—abuse, neglect, loss, and violence. Villa of Hope, we builds programs and services around the knowledge that every youth who comes to us has their own story, and the potential to rewrite their future. Youth at the Villa are self-portraits in progress—and each one is a masterpiece in the making.

The Hope Is Project recently worked with several Villa of Hope youth to develop their sense of Hope for the future, and how to capture it through the lens of a camera. Additionally, Rochester community leaders (by invitation only) participated to share their visions of Hope alongside our youth.  Their images will be unveiled at the Portraits of Hope Gala on April 22nd, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.  If young people who have survived the unimaginable and leaders who see the worst can find Hope, surely we all can.

2016 can be the year of finding Hope for Rochester’s future; Hope for Rochester’s kids; Hope for all of us.

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