Rural youth use photography to examine the world around them

By Catherine Walker

In the community of La Palma, located about 20 minutes outside of San Miguel, local youth are getting the chance to express their creativity and critically examine the world around them through media projects. These youth are participating in the Adobe Youth Voices project as part of the Rural Education Institute of Mexico’s educational program for secundaria students living in rural communities.

Christmas Celebration
A night of student music, theater and art
Tue, Dec 18, 7pm
La Palma Church
Located just before Los Labradores on the road to Dolores Hidalgo
Carpool available from San Miguel in front of St. Paul’s Church at 6:30pm
Tickets 50 pesos
Available at La Tienda in La Biblioteca or at the event
Info: 415-124-1357

The Rural Education Institute provides educational programming, scholarships, and learning tools, such as libraries and computers, to young people living in rural communities in Mexico. This year the organization has partnered with Adobe Youth Voices to add a media component to its programming, providing the students with cameras and software to create and edit photos and videos.

This media program challenges youth from underserved communities to use technology to explore and express their perspectives on issues impacting them and their communities. This semester the students in La Palma have been focusing on photography, creating photo slideshows to examine environmental issues and limited access to services in their community. These issues were selected by the youth themselves after discussing and analyzing a variety of issues with the help of program staff.

These first media projects will be presented on Tuesday, December 18, at 7pm at the Rural Education Institute’s Christmas celebration in La Palma. In addition both primaria and secundaria students will be performing music and plays, showcasing all of the hard work which they have put forth this semester. Following the performance, at the local church, there will be a party with food, music and piñatas to celebrate the holiday season.

A carpool is available from San Miguel at 6:30pm in front of St. Paul’s Church. All funds raised by the event will help support the purchase of Spanish language books for the Rural Education Institute’s community libraries. For more information about the Rural Education Institute of Mexico please visit

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