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“Through my Lens –
What it's like to be a child in my neighborhood.”

Have you wondered what life today is like through the eyes of a child? Through my Lens will show the lives of 4th and 5th-grade students from Faison and Lincoln Elementary Schools through the lens of their own cameras to amplify their voices as key agents of change. Students will learn to use photography and Photovoice methods to creatively share their experiences and leverage their stories to advocate for change. Can you see that not far in the distance these young voices of the future will become key agents in transforming our communities? Picture it!


The project will culminate with students presenting their work to their families and the broader community in a gallery-style exhibit on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The event will feature student presentations and dialogue with community leaders. All are welcome.




Lesson 1 - SELF

Lesson 2 – Community

Lesson 3 – How I see myself

in my community

Lesson 4 – Camera Orientation


Lesson 9 - Photo 5 and response/What do I like about my neighborhood?

Lesson 10 – Photo 6 and response/What do I want to see different in my neighborhood?

Lesson 11 – practice community showcase



Lessons 1-4


Lessons 5-8


Lessons 9-11


Lesson 12


Showcase Event


Lesson 5 - Photo 1 and Response/What do I like about my childhood?

Lesson 6 – Photo 2 and Response/What do I want to see different about my childhood?

Lesson 7 – Photo 3 and Response/What would I show people about my neighborhood?

Lesson 8 – Photo 4 and Response/What is it like to be a child in my neighborhood?


Lesson 12practice community showcase

Community Showcase Event – Thursday, May 11, 2023

See what we've been up to


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Join us on Saturday, May 6th at Noon as we open Homewood's Memorial to the Lost.

A short Gun Violence Memorial Service will include prayer, statements from family members, and naming of local victims of gun violence. The memorial will remain in place on the field between Bennett Street and Fleury Way through May 20th.

A Community Effort – Thank You to our volunteer guides and experts

Eric Blackwell
Taylor Leeper 
Kelli Organ
Dr. Khirsten Scott 

Dr. Sheila Carter-Jones
Fran Quinlan
Mary Parish
Dr. Cynthia Wallace

India Harris
Talor Musil
Kristen Sabol
Dr. Michael Yonas

Through my Lens is part of The Maker’s Clubhouse’s three-pronged approach to violence prevention. We’re taking a two-generation approach to equipping both parents and students with tools to speak about violence occurring in the neighborhoods where they live, learn, and play. In addition to Through My Lens, students enrolled in The Maker’s Clubhouse’s after-school programs at Faison and Lincoln elementaries are learning tools to manage emotions. Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in cohort-based learning Parenting While Black which is a group intervention that provides parents with tools to both support their children's healthy development and their own wellness.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the City of Pittsburgh’s Stop the Violence Office.

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