What's New at Peace in Focus
Peace in Focus has been invited to be a youth organization at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative! By attending this event, we will have the opportunity to spread the word about our unique approach to conflict management and engage the next generation of leaders. Check out photos from the event!
April - May, 2013
We are looking forward to successfully completing our 2-year project in Mexico with our local partner organization and affiliated programs in the Caribbean. The program will culminate with an exhibit in Mexico City featuring student photography and digital narratives.
We will collaborate with La Poderosa Media Project, a global non-profit whose mission is to encourage empowerment, empathy, and collaboration through community-based visual arts programs in Latin America and the United States. Together, we will use our Introduction to Photography and Digital Storytelling Curriculum in a series of classes at KIPP Charter School in Austin, TX.
PIF works to awaken confidence in young people by giving them the tools to express themselves and by putting them in leadership positions. Far too often, the images and stories that direct their lives and influence their ideas are constructed by outsiders, elites and older people. To address this issue, this year PIF partnered with Mercy Corps and Rizon Media to produce a locally-made educational television program for kids Timoun Alez (“Comfort for Kids”). It is the only show of its kind in Haiti – filmed in Creole, created for and with the help of our youth. The show aired in May for eight weeks on the government-owned national TV network and was rebroadcasted throughout the summer reaching tens of thousands of viewers each weekend morning. It was also distributed as DVDs to schools and community organizations.
February, we partnered with Mercy Corps and National Geographic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to give a workshop to Mercy Corps’ Youth Leadership Council. They created photo-essays exploring the topics of the environment, transportation, and education.
April - July, 2012
In April, PIF partnered with ACEDONE in Boston for a new workshop, where our youth created photo-essays about masculinity, non-violence, and the history of Roxbury. In July, the participants created digital narratives on the topics of stereotypes of Africa, the lost history of Somalia, generation gaps within the community, and challenges that immigrants face. We celebrated with them as they showed their community their projects at the opening at the Madaal Center in July.
"I AM: An Exploration of Identity, Community and Homecoming" showcased and celebrated photos taken by young photographers in our programs in Boston, Burundi, Liberia, and the Caribbean – giving us a window into their lives, struggles, and dreams as the present generation of leaders. This exhibit was featured at United South End Settlements, Ula Café, and Boston City Hall.
June - August, 2012
Throughout the months of June, July, and August PIF led a three-part workshop in collaboration with our local partner organization in Mexico City and affiliated projects in the Caribbean. The participants created personal profiles, photo-essays on role models in their communities, and each produced a digital narrative combining words, sound and images on a community issue of their choice.
Peace in Focus opens a photography exhibit in Boston with artwork by youth in the US, Africa, and the Caribbean. We hope to see you on October 27th! More info
Peace in Focus, in collaboration with Association Jamaa and Discover Voice, holds a peace photojournalism workshop in Burundi focusing on children's rights.
Peace in Focus launches photography and storytelling workshops in the Caribbean.
April 11, 2010:
Peace in Focus has kicked off the International Photography Competition! Check out the info here (pdf) or visit our blog for requirements, monthly themes, and submission details.
February 28, 2010:
Peace in Focus is featured on NBC's "Urban Update." (after "Meet the Press") Executive Director Kyle Dietrich, Board President Thaddeus Miles, and two youth leaders, Geisha Colon and Antonio Stroud, discuss their involvement with PIF programs in Boston, and showcase some of their photography.
February 18, 2010:
"Photography training expands teens' horizons" by Sandra Larson, Bay State Banner. Read more
February 2, 2010:
Peace in Focus Executive Director, Kyle Dietrich and youth leader, Antonio Stroud speak about PIF programs, mission, and the power of photography on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) News. Watch Video
Peace in Focus photography exhibit commemorates Black History Month at Harvard Divinity School. Read more
January - February 2010:
Several Peace in Focus photos were featured on the Boston World Partnerships website. Read more
Our Fall News Flash is here! Check it out for all the latest news: Download
Peace in Focus launched its Collaborative Photography and Conflict Transformation programs in Monrovia, Liberia, in partnership with the Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding and the Liberia Media Center, with the support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund, the Liberian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, and the Liberian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Peace in Focus was awarded a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) grant for the second year in a row, to support its innovative youth programs in Boston, Burundi, and Liberia.
Peace in Focus awarded Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) grant to support its innovative youth programs. Read more
March 17, 2008:
Kate and Kyle took Peace in Focus to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) inaugural meeting in New Orleans, where they had an opportunity to discuss the organization with Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Lauren Bush, Eboo Patel, and university students from around the country. CGI U, www.cgiu.com, recognized them for their efforts to create Peace in Focus as part of a larger commitment to Peace and Human Rights. You can view photos from the conference and watch a clip of the working session during which Peace in Focus was recognized by clicking on the links below:
CGI U photo gallery
CGI U video