Operation Exodus / by Morgana Wingard

Today I dragged my photo gear up to my old hood - Washington Heights in the upper edge of Manhattan - to photograph the children of Operation Exodus.  This is part of a series I'm doing for Hope for New York documenting the faces of that make up the incredible programs they support all over the city. 

Operation Exodus-Inner City was founded in 1988 in response to the desperate needs of children in Upper Manhattan. Located in Washington Heights, over eighty children from kindergarten through high school participate in an after school tutoring program and Saturday mentoring program run by volunteers. The children are generally behind in their education and are beginning to display the negative effects of peer pressure in their lives.  Volunteers assist with programming, mentoring, and special events for students and their families.