a picture is worth… the voice of today’s high school students
a picture is worth… is a collection of stories and essays from high school students who participated in a program by the same name in Reading, PA. The program combines literacy, critical thinking, communication, photography, technology and essay writing with crucial values of integrity, self-awareness, empathy and leadership to provide a standards-based high school curriculum. a picture is worth… was born from a need to address Reading’s “unwelcome distinction” as America’s city with the highest poverty rate, staggeringly low college degree attainment rates and elevated high school dropout rates as reported by The New York Times in 2011. a picture is worth…—a collaboration between Threshold Collaborative, photographer Janice Levy and I-LEAD Charter School in Reading—provides youth with the opportunity to find their voice by crafting indelible stories about their lives and sharing them through audio, photographs and written essays. Introduction by David Castro and Alisa del Tufo; edited by Robert Rimm.
“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Gabriel García Márquez
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