Outside the Lens

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Outside the Lens™ (OTL) is a San Diego-based youth media literacy program dedicated to celebrating the vision and voices of children around the world and across cultures.

Students (K-12) tell their unique personal stories using photography, writing and other digital media forms while under the guidance of writers, poets, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, artists, and teachers.

Since January 2001, OTL has delivered its innovative and adaptable curriculum to more than 10,000 children in a variety of educational settings including weekly classes within county schools, after-school programs, summer sessions and workshops.

Our mission is to engage, educate and empower
youth on issues affecting the world today through photography and multi-media projects.