Last night Librii celebrated the first pairing of fellows to mentors!
Pair #1: Dominic and 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
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