Sand Dunes



meets documentary


​“One event had the power to change the way I saw and did things, the power to help me speak my mind and make positive changes. I didn’t go through this by myself; there was someone, a group of people, there to lend a hand, a group of people who made it possible.” 

- Myriah Ogas, Graduate 

Open Roads Youth Expedition is a joyful summer adventure for high school students that combines outdoor travel with a dive into documentary storytelling through photography, film, and writing. We harness the spirit of creative activism to help students to ignite their motivation and hone their skills as inspired learners, engaged citizens, and positive contributors in their home communities and beyond.

As Open Roads students travel, they are asked to respond to what they read, see, and experience by creating original documentary films and photographic essays as they live and work together over the 18-day expedition across the United State's magnificent Pacific Northwest. 

The Summer Youth Expedition is the adventure of a lifetime. The trip begins in Seattle, Washington, where students and staff meet, load into vans and begin the travels.

Over the following weeks, together we will:​​

  • Learn the basics of photography and filmmaking

  • Visit museums for learning and inspiration

  • Hike the slopes of the North Cascades & Mount Rainier

  • Sea kayak in the San Juan Islands

  • Produce a documentary film 

  • River raft in breathtaking Northwest Rivers

  • Interview people in the towns and cities we visit

  • Write daily in your journals

  • Create your own photographic essay

The 2020 Youth Expedition was intended to be offered in tribute to the beautiful life and soul of Saoirse Hill Kennedy. Her love of laughter, of adventure in nature, and  her belief  that we must nurture our empathy for others and take action to help those around us in need, will be the guiding lights on our journeys ahead.  When we fully emerge, our work will be inspired by Saoirse once again.


1223 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 351
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(312) 320-5909

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