Young Photographers get an Invite from the Jefferson City Council

Nov 17, 2015

Credit / Missouri Department of Tourism

Some Jefferson City students are seeing life through a different lens thanks to a program that arms them with a camera.

During Monday’s Jefferson City Council meeting, five students from Photo Voice accepted the invitation to join the Jefferson City Council meeting in order to share what this program has done for them and to also show their work that they created over the summer.

Photo Voice is a summer program designed for low-income students to get their hands on a camera so they can tell the story of how they see their city through photographs.

“I like doing Photo Voice because I like when they took us around town because we don’t get to do that very often because of the backgrounds that they chose us from,” one student said while addressing the council members at the podium.

“Photo Voice was a program that helped us see the world in a different way. A picture is worth 1,000 words. So it was just a way to show the community our point of view,” said Tristyn Smith, 13.

This program is spearheaded by Sarah Nichols. Nichols took the students on seven sessions over the course of the past summer and mentioned to the council members that this was the first time that this program took place within Cole County.

Each student that participated in the program got to keep the digital camera that they worked with over the summer.