SalaamGarage “Long Road Home” exhibits at the 220&Change building in Seattle: 7/3~ 9/1

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“SalaamGarage: Long Road Home” will exhibit at the 220&Change building in Seattle: 6/20~ 9/1

Seattle AWC Chapter: Multi-Media Exhibition Kickstarter Campaign!

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“Our goal is for individuals who have aged out to experience these stories and see that they are not alone, and to inspire communities to engage in social documentary projects in their own back yard.”


WOW! We continue to be blessed by more gifts to help us pull off this important exhibition! We currently have 40 backers who have pledged a total of $3306 out of the $5500 we hope to raise. That means we are already 60% of the way toward our goal! OUR AWESOME KICKSTARTER!: Even though we are […]

WOW! YOU ROCK! Thank you for a swift 50%!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH! We launched a Kickstarter for our exhibition “A Long Road Home: Aging out of Foster Care,” May-June 2014 in Seattle.

Summer Homes

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Written & Edited by: Kacie Grice & Christian Downes Photography by: Della Chen — For Summer Prescott, the definition of home is not one most of us would recognize. Without the familial compassion many of us take for granted, Summer attempted to find home–initially, within the framework of abandoned houses, with relatives, within the arms […]

Samuel Martin: An Advocate Come of Age


Written by: Victoria Garcia Edited by: Christian Downes Interviews by: Henk Dawson & John Harrison Samuel Martin is a young man with a gracious manner, a warm smile, and a sly sense of humor. A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Samuel grew up in the Seattle foster care system. During his childhood, love, […]

Pages and Pages: Jessica’s Unfolding Story

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Story by: Jessica Garcia and Natalie St.Martin Edited by: Natalie St.Martin, Susan Anstine, and Stephanie Hansen Photos by: Natalie St.Martin and Amanda Koster Hello, I am Jessica, 23 years old. I’m the oldest of 9 kids. I entered foster care at age 5, with 2 brothers 2 and 3 years younger than me. I can’t […]

Book On SALE Now!

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Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging out of Foster Care Project Book is nearly sold out.  Order your copy today and help us afford a second run! You can order our book through paypal by selecting the Buy Now button below. The book is 94 pages, 9″x12″. Funds raised through the sale of the book will […]

Brittny Updates & House Hunting


A few weeks ago we asked you to help us raise money for Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project. Brittny was in danger of becoming homeless when the rent on her subsidized apartment went up past market value. You came through for her, pitching in […]

Action: Brittny needs your help


Christmas is a time when most people think of getting together with family at home. But this Christmas Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project, is facing eviction from her low-income housing complex, and has neither family nor friends to turn to right now to help her.
Our goal is to raise $1734 by December 12th, 2012 (we’ve raised $655 so far, $1079 to go!)

Amanda Koster: TEDX San Luis Obispo

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Amanda Koster, founder of SalaamGarage gets personal while sharing her experiences as a kid, ending up in ‘respite’ care, how SalaamGarage got started with her amazing teams and filled a vital need. Finally,  the deeply personal “why” storytelling is so close to her heart. She challenges the audience to reach out to those who are […]

How to record clear audio on a mobile phone


How to record clear audio on a mobile phone  Originally published on International Journalists’ Network 9/13/12 by Lindsay Kalter Mobile reporting skills are becoming a prerequisite for many journalism jobs and assignments. Reporters should know how to capture sound to use in web and broadcast reports, or to simply record interviews to transcribe into text later. While it’s simple […]

The Aging Out of Foster Care Book is on Fire!

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Our Everybody Needs Someone book is on fire!  We only have about 50 copies left from the first run of the book. Buy it now and support our project so we can order another run! What happens when youth age out of the foster care system in the NYC area?  Everybody Needs Somebody takes a […]

Opening Reception for Everybody Needs Someone June 23, 2012


Online event registration for Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-Out of Foster Care Photography Exhibition at LICM powered by Eventbrite Join US! For the opening Reception for the Everybody Needs Someone, Aging-Out of Foster Care Project by SalaamGarageNYC. Join many of the photographers, writers, and subjects from this important humanitarian media project about the challenges youth face […]

111 backers and only 8 days to go

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Its been an incredible couple of days.  Today we have almost reached 50% of our fundraising goal and are so happy to report 42 more backers in the last 4 days.  But, we have to do better because, with Kickstarter, its raise it all or get nothing!  $7000 to go. Look what rolled off the […]

13 days to go! SGNYC Kickstarter Needs Your Help

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ONLY 13 days to go to raise $9,700 for the SalaamGarageNYC project Everybody Needs Someone, Aging-Out of Foster Care on Kickstarter. We love that already we have 69 donors and 802 “likes”. Crowdfunding is pretty cool and also pretty scary. But we need a lot more still to succeed.  Today we are adding new perks […]

Latest NYC Meetup. Photo Editing Session for LICM Exhibition


The SalaamGarageNYC team was in full photo editing mode at the latest NYC Meetup.  We are getting ready for the Everybody Needs Someone, Aging-Out of Foster Care in NY Book and Exhibition.  It is hard work picking images and text from this adult project that explores what happens when youth age out of the foster […]

Announcing SalaamGarage/Local: Seattle!!

Announcing the first SalaamGarage/Local:SEA Meetup! This is an overview, planning and introduction meeting for media folk interested in volunteering their skills to SalaamGarage/Local:SEA. We’ll be introducing our first project, Aging Out of Foster Care, it’s success in NYC (huge!) as well as our plans to launch ‘Aging Out’ in Seattle. When: Monday, 12/5/11, 7-9pm Click […]