The AjA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California that uses participatory photography and an assets-based model to transform the lives of youth and communities. The AjA project exists to ignite change from within, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities. Through our creative platform called participatory photography, students create photographs which examine their personal and social landscapes and use their images as a platform to examine what is informing their behaviors, choices and identity. Through this process, they find their own voice and sense of empowerment leading to sustainable, behavioral change.
For nearly 15 years, The AjA Project has offered our intensive, long-term programming to participants across San Diego using our nationally recognized and formally evaluated curriculum. In addition, we have shared visual narratives with over 1.2 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits, including the National Geographic Society’s, United Nations Headquarters, and the San Diego Museum of Art. Our unique method has been nationally recognized by The Clinton Global Initiative, Harvard University and in 2008 AjA received The White House's prestigious Coming up Taller Presidential award for excellence in youth programming.