Outside the Lens

Core Programs

Our youth development programs and in-classroom sessions for underserved youth.

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Contact info@outsidethelens.org to join any of these programs!


Cameras in Communities: Cinema Quest Film Discussion Series
Cameras in Careers: Teen Youth Council Documentary Project 
Cameras Across Cultures: Work, Play, Love
Cameras in the Classroom: Restorative Justice Teacher Training


    OTL Core Programs

    Our innovative and adaptable K-12 curriculum teaches students photography and digital media skills, media literacy, and critical thinking.


    • Cameras in the Classroom: Through arts integration programs that bring common core curriculum alive through digital media, after-school programs teaching photo and film fundamentals, and trainings in our open-access curriculum to expand our reach, Outside the Lens brings the tools of the 21st century communication to schools across San Diego and around the country.
    • Cameras in Communities: Outside the Lens brings the power and tools of digital storytelling to underserved communities in the greater San Diego region through film screenings and festivals, skill-building workshops, and artist residencies. 
    • Cameras and Careers: The high school youth council and flash forward internship program connect motivated young people with portfolio development, career pathways, and mentorship from professionals in photography, filmmaking, virtual reality, and digital design. 
    • Cameras Across Cultures: Our international link combines Outside the Lens ambassadors throughout the world with the curriculum and materials to run our programs at their site. By connecting international classrooms and domestic classrooms for cross-cultural learning and bridge-building through digital engagement in locations including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia and Thailand. 


    School Sites

    Youth Council

    FOTO Colombia

    Check out our Virtual Photography Workshops