Photo by Stacy Gold, Pittsburgh

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Since 2001 VisionWorkshops has worked with thousands of students, with a focus on creating mentorships and listening to the stories of young people. We started this dream in our backyard of Annapolis, Maryland, and have grown to reach youth in over 35 countries.

Twenty years ago, VisionWorkshops set up shop in a studio space at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Our program was created as a way for youth in the Juvenile Drug Court system to cope with adversity through artistic expression. This concept grew into a global effort to reach young people living in difficult circumstances, including displaced and refugee teens.  Our largest program, National Geographic Photo Camp, is now offered in a variety of locations around the world, including refugee settlements in Greece, Uganda, and Brazil, as well as remote Alaskan villages, and diverse neighborhoods across the United States.

Other VisionWorkshops programs include a partnership with the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission in Banbasa India; Crossing Borders, in partnership with the Baltimore Refugee Youth Project; our Annapolis-based programs, and others. 
More information about our programs.


We tailor our approach to meet the specific needs of the communities in which we work. Generally, we work with 15-20 students per project, ages 13-19. Each workshop has a photo-journaling element, combined with some or all of the following activities: writing, music, yoga, meditation and movement.

Schools and organizations wishing to partner with VisionWorkshops on a program for youth in their community should contact us at

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