For my final assignment in photojournalism, we had to pick a subject/topic to photograph for a photo story. I chose to do a photo story on the Fargo Youth Commission, which is an after school program for kids ages 5 -12. The assignment involves going back to the location to shoot photos several different times. Between each shoot, we discuss in class which photos work well and what photos we should aim to get on the next shoot. These are some of my favorite photos from the first shoot.
I wanted to tell the story of the relationships built between the children and the volunteers/staff at FYC. The staff spend several hours each day with these children, as they arrive at FYC right after school and stay until they are picked up by their parents. The children are split into four different groups each with two staff members. The groups rotate through different stations, which include a snack, gym-time, board games and an activity. Just from one visit I could tell that the staff and children had developed good relationships as they joked with each other and had a great time together.