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St. Louis children to be photojournalists for "Pictures of Hope"

OASIS tutors will work one-on-one to help the children express their dreams through photography

Author: Janice Branham/Friday, July 18, 2014/Categories: St. Louis

Award-winning photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon, brings her nationally acclaimed program “Pictures of Hope” to St. Louis August 9 at 9:30. Ms. Solomon will provide a photography lesson and empower these local children (ages 6-12) to capture photos of hope.
 
Following this photo exercise the children will be surprised by Ms. Solomon and Mr. Brad Sowers, general manager and co-owner of Jim Butler Chevrolet with high-end professional digital cameras graciously donated by Walgreens. OASIS tutors will work with the children to help them consider what their hopes are and how they can express them visually. Immediately following, the children will go on their photo assignment with their OASIS tutors to capture and reveal their hopes and dreams.
 
“Through photography children share their heartfelt feelings,” expressed Ms. Solomon. “Their hopes and dreams captured in quiet moments tell a story that few adults can imagine. When you show children that you care about what they wish for in life, it builds self-esteem. ‘Pictures of Hope’ is a fourteen-city program this year and I am so very proud to work with Jim Butler Chevrolet to help children living in Gateway180. The children’s photographs will express their heart. Their photo assignment to photograph their ‘hopes and dreams’ is life-changing.”
 
The children's photos will be transformed into holiday greeting cards which will be sold through Gateway 180. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards will benefit the many women and children who receive services at Gateway180 due to the generosity of Jim Butler Chevrolet.
 
OASIS tutors will offer one-on-one help to encourage the children.  Now in its 25th year, the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program promotes literacy with a proven approach to help high-need children read at grade level. Tutors are trained to draw out the children, discover what they are interested in and provide the individual attention that builds confidence and success.
 
The children at Gateway180 will see their "Pictures of Hope" cards for the first time at a celebration and Meet the Young Artist Reception at Jim Butler Chevrolet on October 20. During the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas every customer who purchases a new vehicle from Jim Butler Chevrolet will be given the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards as a gift. A matching donation will be given to the shelter from Jim Butler Chevrolet.
 
When: Saturday, August 9 at 9:30 am
 
Where: OASIS at the Center of Clayton, 2nd floor, Classroom B, 50 Gay Ave., Clayton, MO 63105
Ph: 314-650-6414
 
Who: Linda Solomon
Photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is recognized for her celebrity portraiture. She is the photographer of the NY Times bestseller “People We Know, Horses They Love” featuring photo essays on Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and others. Linda Solomon has devoted her career to teaching children how to express their feelings through photography. She has founded educational photography programs that have reached over 1 million children. http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com
Mr. Brad Sowers, Dealer Principal, Jim Butler Chevrolet www.jimbutlerchevrolet.com
 
About Gateway180:  Gateway’s goal: Breaking the Cycle. The agency provides short-term help and long-term housing solutions including Gateway180's Water Tower Transitional Housing program designed to help families transition into permanent, stable housing as quickly as possible. Through this program, Gateway180 provides rent and utility support for “large family” duplexes in the College Hill neighborhood of St Louis. While in the program, participants are required to maintain employment, save money and pay down debt to become more financially stable. The program provides supportive services that empower families to address the barriers that have contributed to past episodes of homelessness. Gateway180’s overall mission is empowering families to become independent and permanently housed. www.gateway180.org

About OASIS Tutoring:  OASIS is a national nonprofit that promotes successful aging by engaging people 50 plus in serving their communities through volunteer opportunities such as tutoring children who are falling behind in reading.
 
Contact:
Linda Solomon, mobile: 248-229-6965, email: starsolomon@yahoo.com; www.lindasolomonphotography.com

Kathleen Heinz Beach, Executive Director, Gateway180, 1000 N. 19th St., St. Louis, MO 63106 ph: 314-231-1515 Ext. 21; cell: 314-650-6414, email: kheinzbeach@gateway180.org www.gateway180.org

Brad Sowers, Dealer Principal, Jim Butler Chevrolet, 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd., Fenton, MO 63026, ofc: 636-349-3222; cell: 314-602-4075, email: brad@jimbutlerautogroup.com www.jimbutlerchevrolet.com
 
Janice Branham, Communications Director, The OASIS Institute, 11780 Borman Drive, St. Louis MO 63146.
Office: 314-862-2933 ext 229; email: jbranham@oasisnet.org; www.oasisnet.org
 

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Janice Branham is Director of Communications and Technology for the OASIS Institute. Other posts by Janice Branham
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