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Youth Self-Esteem Exercise Through Light Painting

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Jordan Langford, 13, Atlantic City, is an AC Youth Exposure mentee, light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

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Robert Dade, 12, Atlantic City, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure from Atlantic City light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013..

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Raquel White, 15, Atlantic City, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

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Mia Concepcion, 14, Atlantic City, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Lamar Bruckler, 15, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Lamar Bruckler, 15, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Shay Steele, 12, a mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Shay Steele, 12, a mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Kay'leece Barnes of Atlantic City, 12, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Kay’leece Barnes of Atlantic City, 12, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

One of the most powerful ways to build high self-esteem in others is by recognizing  exactly what makes them so unique. The importance of believing in oneself from an early age, is mentally healthy, strengthens confidence and opens up an array of possibilities for that person to help them be great citizens of the world.

In the words of Oprah Winphrey, one of our world’s most influential, powerful leaders, “Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.”

For my youth photo workshop, I conducted an educational and fun light painting exercise with “AC Youth Exposure” to send out a message of self-love to help inspire the community. The mentees came up with a word that they felt best described themselves or something they want to do – drew their words in the air while I photographed them.

Youth Exposure of AC at The Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Adults of AC Youth Exposure (Natalie Devonish, Erika Moore, Jameka Moore, Joseph Carter) and AC Mentees (Raquel White, Saniya Thomas, Kay’Leece Barnes, Ronique Phillips, Princess Turner, Jasir Turner, Lamar Bruckler, Shay Steele, Rashad Kirkland, Zion Bond, Robert Dade, Jordan Langford, Rodjohnnay Thomas, Nafi Hinson, Ta’Najah Smith, Jasmine Cruzado, Mia Concepcion, Elijah Brown, Tynayjah Dillard) at The Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Thank you ACYE team and mentees for making this such a successful event!

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  1. Beautiful work by you and the students! This is a fantastic project and helps the youth to value and appreciate the arts.

    lexa

    March 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • We had fun! Thanks for your comment. I hope they learned something valuable!

      Nastassia Davis

      March 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      • They probably learned more than you even realize. 😉

        lexa

        March 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm


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