Paterson Youth Photography Project

Gwenn Levine, Founder,
Paterson Youth Photography Project,
Winner of Andrew Goodman Foundation
Hidden Heroes 2009 Award


Gwenn Levine founded PYPP in 2001 with a powerful mission – to enrich the lives of local youth in Paterson, NJ by introducing them to photography as a means of self-expression and an opportunity for personal growth. Since its inception, PYPP has given youth in the community a sense of self-worth and pride in their accomplishments and abilities. Gwenn’s work, and that of all the volunteer PYPP teachers, is vital to providing local youth with a sense of hope for the future.

The PYPP curriculum includes lessons, field trips, and group exhibits which foster creativity, enthusiasm for learning, confidence, and self-respect.

The award is given to “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”