Hearst Photojournalism Championships 2018

At the beginning of June I had the privilege of spending time with the incredible women and non-binary folks at the Young Women's Freedom Center in San Francisco while participating in the Hearst Photojournalism Championships. The center works with young women and non-binary people of color who have been incarcerated, in foster care, or involved in the underground street economy - and everyone on staff was once in the same position as the young people they work with. The work they do not only focuses on individuals in the community, but also on creating systemic change on state and local levels through advocacy and policy initiatives. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to see the community that's been cultivated at the center first hand, and I'm especially thankful to KI Ifopo and Julia Arroyo who offered up their time and let me into their lives for the week.