Each year, Farther Foundation provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged high school students from the Chicago area to travel worldwide and interact with individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
Upon their return, the students submit photos and essays describing their experiences. A panel from Farther Foundation selects its favorites and awards cash prizes to the students who submitted the top three in each category. During 2010, our scholars traveled to six different continents and returned with some wonderful photo images – some striking, some funny and some epitimizing the joy of discovering new places with new people.
Here are the top photos as selected by our panel:
1st place: Andrew, a senior at Chicago Hope High School, traveled to Uganda to provide community service and learn about the local culture. He shot this photo at a refugee restllement camp:
2nd place: Ulises, a senior at St. Ignatius High School, spent six weeks in New Zealand where he challenges himself with rigorous outdoor adventure activities and participated in local building projects and environmental education efforts. Here is a photo of Ulises in front of a New Zealand vista:
3rd place: Dolores, a senior at Notre Dame High School, traveled to Argentina to live with a host family and learn the language and culture. Here she is with a group of Argentines and exchange students:
Farther Foundation is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization supported by tax deductible contributions from individuals who care about all students achieving their highest potential.