010. The Mentors Have Arrived!

Last night Librii celebrated the first pairing of fellows to mentors!

Pair #1: Dominic and David

Librii Fellow soaking up knowledge from his mentor David.

Librii Fellow soaking up knowledge from his mentor David.

Dominic Tharps is an incredible young man who walked into Librii knowing EXACTLY what he wanted to do: become a photographer. His interest was sparked when he inherited a old camera from his grandfather and in high school he began shooting and editing digital images.  His journey hit a setback when his camera and laptop were stolen.  But he persevered, and today is working through Librii to better understand photography, both as an art form and a career.  

Backing him up is David Rochkind.  Before moving to DC, David spent many years abroad as a professional photo journalist, taking pictures for media outlets like the New York Times, the LA Times, and the BBC.  He now operates an Anacostia-based visual media production company, GROUND MEDIA, that specializes in telling the stories of non-profit and their development partners.

 

Pair #2: Tone and James

Librii Fellow Tone describing his aspirations to his mentor James.

Librii Fellow Tone describing his aspirations to his mentor James.

Tone Vest is a extremely energetic and articulate young man who recently graduated high school.  Tone is passionate about sports - any and all sports - from basketball to tennis to bocce ball. He wants to turn this passion into a career working as part of one of DC's professional sports teams.

Helping him map out this journey is James Reeves, a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.   James is an incredible listener, and spent the first meeting gaining a better understanding of Tone's goals, searching for the "why?", and discussing how Tone's experiences are shaping his current outlook.

These may be just two simple conversations, but they represent a major milestone in Librii's development.  Our team is incredibly grateful to all those who give their time and resources to make this work possible.

By David Dewane, Librii Executive Director