NYC SALT is a photography program created in January of 2005. It began as a photography class at an after school program in Washington Heights, teaching photography to teens with disposable cameras once a week, and has since grown into its own non-profit organization. Today, the program has more than doubled in size, and now provides students with training in cutting-edge digital technology, taught by working professionals at the top of the photographic industry. NYC SALT also hosts frequent showings of student photography. Students are delighted to receive attention from their work and the shows give them confidence and business experience that will serve them throughout life. NYC SALT's mission is to engage, inspire, and empower New York City teenagers by providing them with professional-grade visual communication skills. The program exposes students to the highest levels of the creative industry equipping them to think creatively, solve problems, and speak into the culture with a positive voice. The reference to "salt" reflects our hope that this program will flavor and preserve the communities it serves.