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Pluma Joven, Ensenada, Mexico
Pluma Joven -Young Pen- is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on providing to the Mexican youth population a platform in which they can freely have a voice and address issues of interest through literary expression. The organization is primarily composed of young volunteers who embrace individual growth and improvement, while reinforcing values such as respect, equality, solidarity, responsibility, to name a few. Some of the activities they organized to achieve their goals are workshops, competitions, public lectures and events like the Festival of the Book and You Select Symposium, which have had great success. It is important to note that Pluma Joven was originally established in Ensenada, Baja California but now they have expanded their work to other Mexican cities such as Tijuana and Mexicali. Congratulations for their great commitment and enthusiasm; let’s endorse their cause as it drives the development and the future basis of this country, its young people.
Extraordinary Guatemalans, Guatemala
GUATEMALTECOS EXTRAORDINARIOS - is a non-profit organization that originated under the interest to work with children and youth at risk - exposed to drugs, alcohol, guns and gangs- in order to contribute to the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of them into society. Currently, the association concentrates its work in the area that surrounds the landfill located on Zone 3 in Guatemala City, by following a methodology that meets specific goals-Overcoming, Personal and Family Healing, Growth,, Testing and Identification - which are accomplished in a period of two years. One of the main goals of GUATEMALTECOS EXTRAORDINARIOS is to drive the gifts and talents of these young people by creating individualized plans which can help to achieve the necessary support to find new opportunities in their lives. It is inspiring to see the work of organizations of this nature, that seek to heal some of the effects of a failed system which in many cases has pushed these and other youngsters to live at the edge ... let’s support their cause, learn from them, and grow together as a society.
Photographs by Emily Schiffer, United States
Emily Schiffer is an American artist that has worked in numerous projects employing photography as a tool for civic engagement –See Potential, Cheyenne River, Securing Food in Chicagolan, to mention some. Her work oscillates between subjects such as neighborhood development, programming, youth’s expression, poverty, etc. resulting in physical pieces from the collaboration with community members and local organizations. Ms. Schiffer’s work is a fantastic example that shows how creative channels such photography can help to expose subjects of social concern and truly become statements in order to outset dialogue.Emily Schiffer is an American artist that has worked in numerous projects employing photography as a tool for civic engagement –See Potential, Cheyenne River, Securing Food in Chicagolan, to mention some. Her work oscillates between subjects such as neighborhood development, programming, youth’s expression, poverty, etc. resulting in physical pieces with the collaboration of community members and local organizations. Ms. Schiffer’s work is a fantastic example that shows how creative channels such photography can help to expose subjects of social concern and truly become statements in order to outset dialogue.
Parasite, San Diego, CA
Parasite is a small accessory structure located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of San Diego, CA., Barrio Logan. Designed by Jesus Limon and Francisco Garcia principals of Prismática Design, Parasite was originally envisioned as a light multipurpose working unit that could be duplicated and easily transported in order to occupy left over spaces. Its first implementation is currently in progress at La Esquina, a mixed used building designed by Architect Hector Perez. While under construction the skeleton of Parasite has become the incubator of spontaneous and informal moments of cultural and social exchange thus adding to the already vibrant community of Barrio Logan. It is great to see how creativity in collaboration can translate into new modes of negotiation and dialogue as well as the base to question established parameters for operative public spaces.