© HEATHER WALSH
Dmitriy, age 22, in the hallway of his apartment in Bethpage, NY.
SalaamGarage has launched its first local humanitarian media project in NYC. SalaamGarage Local-NYC is the pilot project for hyper local storytelling for change. Newsday photographer Heather Walsh and photo editor Maggie Soladay are co-producing the pilot. Walsh photographed and is recording the story of Dmitriy, a young man who aged-out of the foster care system recently. Foster kids in New York age out of the system between 18 and 21 years old. Few are left with the resources and skills needed to support themselves or find work and secure housing. This is one story, the first of many being created by the SalaamGarage Local humanitarian media team in NYC, to raise awareness about the challenges youth face when they age out of the foster care system and the program that is helping them. Read more about Dimitriy's story here. If you live in the NYC/NJ metro area and are a professional writer, reporter, photographer, videographer or other media creator and would like to get involved join the SalaamGarage Meetup Group.