100CAMERAS INC

Equip Kids To Process & Tell Their Stories

aka 100cameras   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.100cameras.org

Mission

100cameras is a non-profit organization that works with kids around the world who have had challenging experiences and teaches them to tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community. We provide a platform to sell their photographs and give 100% of the proceeds to fund the most pressing needs in their communities, enabling them to see the impact of their contribution.

Ruling year info

2010

Co-founder, CEO

Angela Popplewell

Main address

610 5th Ave Ste Conc1 #4876

New York, NY 10020 USA

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EIN

26-4692506

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research tells us that when children and youth experience a challenging event on any scale, from war and famine to a difficult home life, to feelings of depression, to not knowing where their next meal will come from, they are significantly and statistically more prone to choose a path of delinquency if they are not given the opportunity to process their experiences and have it be heard. Community development organizations are solving the problem of providing basic life needs located at the foundational level of the aid pyramid – food, clean water, shelter, safety, and access to education. However, youth deserve more than just the right to survive. Youth and children need engagement, connectivity, and opportunities to process, feel seen, and heard. To experience their lives being uplifted and to celebrate how they contribute to their surroundings. If this second-tier of the pyramid is not met, oftentimes aid recipients opt-out or disengage from their community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Platforms

100cameras has 3 program platforms: The Flagship Programs, Snapshot Programs, and the Where You Are Workshop platform. Programs now reach across 50 communities worldwide and growing. Such as from the USA to India to Cuba to Vietnam to Iraq, Uganda, and Venezuela to name a few, youth are learning how to process their experiences, express themselves, and tell the stories of their lives through our custom curriculum that teaches storytelling, self-expression, and photography skills. (Learn more about each platform and the impact in our Guidestar Profile)

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Every kid – no matter their background or circumstances – deserves the right to process their experiences in a way that positively impacts how they view themselves and their roles in their community.

Our goal at 100 cameras is to engage with youth who have had shocking or stressful experiences and create space for them to process, tell, and express these experiences and to embrace their opportunity to become positive contributors to their future.

Through their perspectives and community contributions being uplifted onto a global platform, kids are showing themselves that today and always, they are the bigger picture.

At 100cameras, we work with students from ages 10-18 in the United States and around the world
who have experienced challenging events. We provide them with brand new cameras and teach them how to use photography to tell the story of their past, present, and future.

Our custom curriculum teaches both storytelling and technical photography skills in a way that guides participants through a process of self-discovery and realization of the important role and contribution they have in their surroundings. Photography is utilized as a gateway to teach confidence, ownership, and expression, providing a clearing where youth can process and tell the stories of their past and present, with no judgment or expectations in a way that inspires hope for their view of the future.

We train teachers all around the world to lead programs in partnership with established organizations such as schools, community centers, and children’s homes.

We then provide a platform to sell the participants' photographs. 100% of the proceeds from the student photo sales are returned back to the community to fund what the local partner organization determines are their most pressing medical, educational, or basic needs.

This enables change to become full circle by enabling students to not only process their stories and express themselves but to see the impact of their contribution on the community. This is crucial in showing youth firsthand that they are important contributors to their surroundings and that at the core of it all – they matter.

Our program was included in a recent report published by the United Nations University, Cradled By Conflict, which supported our specific approach and programming, stating emphatically that youth who have experienced traumas and were given an opportunity to process and share their past difficulties were impacted positively over time. When children felt heard and valued, they were more likely to become effective contributors to their communities. Specifically, the report said about our work, “Photography allows children an unfiltered medium through which to express their voices and serve as a window into their experience. When children are engaged, they become active participants in resilience building and recovery.”

Further academic research ties this exact link between the provision of visual arts to the impact it has on youth who have experienced challenges or difficulty in any way. Across the many sectors of injustices, it is supported that kids who have been given the platform to process, tell, and feel heard are more likely to engage versus choose decisions that can lead to delinquency. Our custom curriculum is built with this research in mind. Learn more about our curriculum at www.100cameras.org/curriculum/objectives

With over a decade of experience and a now proven approach in over fifty communities worldwide, our programming is designed to guide kids through a process of self-discovery and realization of the important role and contribution they have in their surroundings. All lesson plans meet educational rubric requirements and provide scaffolding to support educators in their goals and needs for their students and community. The activities in each lesson are designed to create opportunities for students to identify and help shift any internal negative dialogues of self-worth, emotions, or feelings of being overlooked or not heard toward writing a self-narrative of meaning and importance however they may choose.

From the USA to India to Cuba to Vietnam to Iraq, Uganda, and Venezuela, youth are learning how to process their experiences, express themselves, and tell the stories of their lives through our custom curriculum that teaches storytelling, self-expression, and photography skills. To date, our program platforms have supported 22,814 participants, and we have launched significant partnerships with Apple, Fujifilm, ViacomCBS, Whole Foods' Foundation, Vitec Group, and Framebridge. 

Through our Snapshot and Flagship platforms that provide an extensive curriculum experience in a virtual or physical classroom setting, 461 youth have participated and graduated, raising over $60,000 USD in student photo sales. These sales fund much-needed supplies such as food, medicine, eyeglasses, computers, books or student materials, and cooling systems. By yearend of 2020, as we experience rapid growth, we are on track to support an additional 190 graduates through these platforms with the ability to continue rapid scale.

During March 2020 and in direct response to Covid-19, we asked ourselves what more can we create for those who are experiencing anything that prompts them to feel uncertain, anxious, or insecure — wherever they may be right now.  In April 2020, we launched a brand new platform, the Where You Are workshop. An online activities resource, this is a self-guided workshop that is free for anyone anywhere with no specific camera needed. Inspired by our extensive curriculum, these activities are designed to directly meet participants wherever they are to help process these times while experiencing a sense of self-expression, creativity, connectivity, and fun. It’s a tool for youth, educators, or families alike! 

Currently, the Where You Are workshop now has 5 chapters, and as of November 2020, the workshop has a reach of over 22,353 participant sign-ups worldwide. We continue to publish new chapters and activities in partnership with fellow non-profit organizations and professionals. Our goal is that this resource continues to expand to support existing and new participants with more opportunities to process their experiences and feel seen, heard, and connected to their surroundings. 100cameras remains committed that this will forever be a free activities resource for anyone anywhere.

**100cameras was a passion project led by a dedicated group of volunteers for many years. In January 2019 after almost a decade of fine-tuning and testing the model, reaching the ability to scale with integrity through new and localized program platforms, and increasing growth and demand, 100cameras hired staff. Since then, and year over year, impact and revenue have seen a minimum of 100% increase in growth with 2020 on target to accomplish monumental strides. Become an integral part of this mission today, and join us!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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100CAMERAS INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen LeLand

Sterling Marketing Group

Term: 2019 -

Emily Schendel

Sedera Health

Daynan Crull

NYC Department of I.T. and Telecoms

Jonathan Hart

Praxis Academy

Joseph McKnight

Blackstone / GSO Capital Partners

Annmarie Sitar

Silva Thomas PC

Angela Popplewell

100cameras, Inc

Karen LeLand

Sterling Marketing Group

Ty Popplewell

Paragon Intel

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/27/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/27/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.