Utah Department of Refugee Services // Vox Project [Utah]

The TRY After School Program was an after-hours youth engagement and education program based out of Salt Lake City, UT.   The mission of the program is to educate local members of the Bhutanese, Somalian, South Sudanese, and Ethiopian populations, amongst others.   This project focuses on college and career preparations and has a heavy online learning component as well as a writing track that is managed through faculty at Westminster College, UT.

Note:  The images below are not participant images, but rather were taken by staff on-site.   Participants have requested their imagery be kept offline.


The VOX Project is a nonprofit organization that utilizes the power of photography as an affordable, accessible, tool for agency-based empowerment. Through still and motion photography, we work with underrepresented youth to explore their realities while championing their expression. Populations we’ve worked with in the past include refugees, homeless youth, Latina students, prisoners, and adolescent indigenous females. The process draws from participatory action research and builds computing skills through direct exposure and engagement to photographic equipment, computers, and website design as well as intangible skills including confidence, agency, leadership, and visioning.

Chris founded The Vox Project in 2013 during his time as a graduate student at CU, Boulder and continues to direct, manage, and facilitate projects.

We primarily work with other non-profits on thematic education and/or enrichment projects ranging from six months to several years in length. We are based out of Boulder, CO, yet conduct projects domestically and abroad.

More information on the methodology can viewed here and the nonprofit’s website can be found here.

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