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Paterson Youth Photography Program at Oasis to Host Exhibition of Students’ Work

State Senator, Nellie Pou, a keynote speaker at Oasis' First Annual Leadership and Success Summit for Teen Girls. Credits: Javier Cabrera

PATERSON, NJ – Oasis is proud to host an annual exhibition of student work from the Paterson Youth Photography Program (PYPP) at Oasis on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 5:30pm at its facility - 59 Mill Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.

The evening will include a light supper, comments by student photographers, volunteer teachers, and special guests.

“The annual PYPP exhibit is always a fun night at Oasis,” noted Executive Director Jennifer Brady. “The students are thrilled to share all they have learned in seeing the world from a different perspective and capturing that perspective in digital and print form. Plus their parents are so very proud of their work.”

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The Paterson Youth Photography Project (PYPP) at Oasis teaches photography to children ages 8-13 as a means of self-expression and an opportunity for personal growth. Students are mentored by professional and amateur photographers who help them explore their interests and expand on their own creativity. These volunteer teachers take participating children on walking field trips, primarily within the city of Paterson, for the purpose of photographing urban sites and scenes.

In additional to this annual exhibit, the PYPP program supports a traveling exhibit which is on display throughout the year in Paterson and surrounding communities, including at the Ridgewood Public Library, Paterson Public Library, Louis Bay 2nd Library Hawthorne, Passaic Public Library, West Side Presbyterian Church Ridgewood, and Passaic County Community College.

PYPP at Oasis receives significant funding from the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College.

About Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children

Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Paterson, New Jersey whose mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. These programs include GED, ESL and Computer classes for adults; a Workplace Readiness Program; the Michael Wagner After-School Program; the Carl’s Kids Summer Camp; Saturday morning classes for children in reading, math, art, dance and photography; the Teen Empowerment and Enrichment Network; and basic needs services that include weekday breakfast and lunch in our soup kitchen, a food pantry, diapers and other baby needs, and emergency clothing distribution. Over 600 women and children are served every day. Learn more at www.oasisnj.org.

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