Youth In Focus Programs
In our Core Classes, we offer expert training in a sequenced curriculum that covers both black and white film and digital photography. After an interview process, accepted students are given a $1000 scholarship, covering the total cost of instruction and equipment. Classes meet with their teaching artists and mentors twice a week for three hours over a nine week quarter. Students submit, display and discuss their final work during our End of Quarter Show.
We offer our Freelance Project to advanced students to provide pre-employment and entrepreneurial training. Students shoot paid assignments for outside clients. Typical jobs include documenting events held by other non-profits in our community. The primary customers are clients of non-profit youth and family service agencies who are not normally able to afford such services.
We partner with other agencies to provide photography workshops in order to expand our reach and to enhance the partner's regular programming. We have worked with community centers, schools and other youth service agencies. We are currently partnering with Friends of the Children and Youth Care, South Lake High School and Big Picture High School, among others.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The most useful support is general support to continue offering our classes for free to all. Some donors target their gift, to help pay for equipment, teaching artist salaries, etc. We also accept in-kind donations of gently used film or digital cameras.
Most recently, we were chosen by KEXP, Starbucks and Seattle Theater Group as at the beneficiary of The Little Big Show #5. Working together, we raised over $14,000 for our students!