Youth in Focus Programs
At Youth in Focus, our students receive a $1,400 scholarship which covers the total cost of instruction and equipment in either our black and white or digital photography classes. Students meet for their class twice a week for nine weeks; quarters are held throughout the year and are on track with the Seattle Public School calendar. At the end of the nine weeks, student showcase their final work at a public End of Quarter Show. Attendees get the chance to hear the students speak about their photography as well as view their self portraits and artist statements.
Youth in Focus also partners with other agencies for fee-based youth development photography workshops. These workshops expand our own reach as well as enhances the partner agency's regular programming. We have worked with community centers, schools and other youth service agencies. Past partners include Friends of the Children, YouthCare, South Lake High School, Big Picture High School and the Seattle Art Museum among others.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Since 2010, Youth in Focus has worked with the Raikes Foundation
to participate in the Youth Program Quality Initiative. Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) scores for Youth in Focus, in the Spring of 2012 and 2013, were consistently higher than comparison scores for 1,262 other National Youth programs. Our scores were higher in all main categories, and significantly higher in Supportive Environment and Youth Engagement.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized Youth in Focus as a model program in the year 2000, providing “life-changing activities” to youth with limited opportunities.
Our students have shown their work at the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Frye Art Gallery, Benham Gallery and the Washington State Convention Center, and among other local venues.
As any nonprofit which offers a free program to youth,
we warmly welcome donations to support our youth development photography program. Thank you for believing in our positive outcomes and our mission's impact.
We also love extra hands at Youth in Focus
, including additional volunteers, interns and mentors. Mentors with experience in black and white and digital photography provide support to our Teaching Artists and assist our students with developing their voice through a camera lens. We also have needs for volunteers and interns who provide administrative support as well as assist or lead our eBay store and Traveling Shows program.
We also gladly accept in-kind donations of useable film and digital cameras. If the cameras aren't specifically used in our program, we sell them in our eBay store to help offset the cost of our photography supplies. Please contact us for more information.