Seattle has a large network of organizations supporting disadvantaged youth and many of our students are referred to us by area youth and family service agencies. We regularly partner with other agencies and school districts to extend our service reach and share our unique curriculum with young people who might otherwise not be able to access our program onsite at The 2100 Building.
Recent program partners include:
Friends of the Children (FOTC)
FOTC provides long-term mentoring for particularly vulnerable children. Youth in Focus provided digital photography classes at FOTC’s site using YIF’s gear and led by a YIF teaching artist.
Youth Care provides shelter, hope, and support to homeless and underserved youth. Youth in Focus provided a photography/writing program to teen girls who were victims of sexual exploitation.
Seattle Youth Employment Program
SYEP is a year-round academic support and work-readiness program for youth, ages 14-21. Participants are from low-income families, and 90 percent are youth of color. These youth have little or no work experience, and often struggle in school. Youth in Focus provided a Digital Photography class at SYEP in Spring 2012.
The Zine Project
Zine Project provides paid internships to homeless youth wherein they create their own zine. Youth in Focus provided a Digital Photography class for the Zine Project at the University District Youth Center in Summer 2012.
South Lake High School
South Lake High School is a credit-retrieval alternative high school in Seattle Public School system, located in Rainier Beach. Youth in Focus provided afterschool photography classes twice weekly during Winter and Spring Quarters 2012.
Big Picture Middle School
BPMS, located in Burien (Highline School District) provides highly personalized, hands-on instruction in small classroom settings. Youth in Focus provided a Fall Quarter 2011 Digital Photography Elective onsite at BPMS.
Big Picture High School
BPMS, located in Burien (Highline School District) is a rigorous alternative, interest- and internship-based high school serving approximately 120 students in grades 9-12. Youth in Focus provided a Black & White Photography class for ten Big Picture High School students at YIF, which provided the students with Learning Through Internship credits for graduation.
Scriber Lake High School
Scriber Lake High School is an alternative school in Edmonds School District. They serve approximately 250 students who are best served by experiential learning. Youth in Focus provided a 1-week digital photography intensive at Scriber during Spring Break 2012.
Cleveland High School
Cleveland High is part of Seattle Public Schools. Youth in Focus facilitated an afterschool Digital Photography Club at Cleveland from Fall Quarter 2010 through Spring Quarter 2012.
We are always on the lookout for new partners who align with our mission. We typically provide photography equipment and expertise and ask our partner to cover the cost of our teaching artist and materials. Arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis and can be flexible based on your site. To explore a partnership opportunity, please contact our Program Deputy, Sam Smith, at (206) 407-2125.
We are very grateful to the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for their support through the Youth Arts Grant, which has allowed us to provide services to several of the above partners. In addition we’d like to thank the Horner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund.