Lauryn C.



Last year, I founded Focus, a student-led, Ethnic Studies-based program that aims to cultivate belonging and encourage youth advocacy by empowering those in her community to critically examine existing power structures and reflect on, discuss, and share their lived experiences and family histories through Photovoice, a method of photographic storytelling that gives power to marginalized individuals to shape decisions that impact their quality of life. Our virtual program served 12 IUSD high school students this year, and they shared their stories of love, community, and resilience at our physical exhibition on April 13, 2024. To learn more about our work, visit our Instagram