Empowering youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives.  

 
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For 25 years, we have helped youth in Seattle during a critical time in their lives, putting cameras in their hands and placing them in a supportive environment to learn photography skills, find their voice, and tell their stories.

 
 
 
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Courses & Camps

We offer youth development photography classes in both digital photography and traditional black and white darkroom photography. We also partner with organizations, schools, and agencies to teach courses that can be designed to meet specific outcomes and academic Service Learning requirements.

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Photography Services

We work with our youth leaders and our professional teaching artists to offer photo booth services, headshots, family portraits, and company/group photography – raising funds for our youth programs and providing valuable real-life experience for our youth leaders. 

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Workshops

We offer fun, interactive, and informative photography workshops for public and private groups of youth and adults to help raise funds for our programs.

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Get Involved

Our program team includes professional teaching artists, mentors, volunteers and more! See the ways you can get involved!

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Buy it, hang it,
support our students

We sell high-quality framed prints created by our students, providing them with opportunities to gain value from their creative work while also raising funds for our programs.

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support youth voices

Your gift provides a safe, creative space during out-of-school hours and a high-quality photography experience designed to help students experience their world in new ways, gain confidence in their authentic voice, and make positive choices for their lives. 

 
 

announcements & Upcoming events

what’s happening

Get the details on upcoming shows, help us thank our supporters, and see what’s coming up for Youth in Focus.

 

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“I keep coming back because I love the atmosphere that Youth in Focus has. It is full of love and support and it makes me feel safe enough to be myself and share my work … Youth in Focus has made me more confident in myself and my artwork. They have really helped me come out of my shell and take risks in life and in photography … Every single person at Youth in Focus is caring and supportive and we all respect each other. It’s a very safe community."

Stella S., Youth in Focus student (with portrait and self-portrait)