What Inspires Us was a photography-based project in which fifteen grade 11 students from Scott Collegiate were taught photography as a vehicle for self-expression. This project aimed to engage young people as both individuals and as a group. They were introduced to methods to express themselves, release some of the stories and images they have within them, and forge a common bond with each other in the sharing and shaping of their stories. Project sessions included introduction to photography and photographers, camera instruction, elements of composition, computer editing, and the creation of photo-essays. What Inspires Us provided a non-violent, rights-based framework for methods enabling them to explore their lives and communicate their experiences to others.