about youth in focus
WE PROVIDE A HIGH-QUALITY CREATIVE ARTS EXPERIENCE DESIGNED TO SUPPORT UNDERSERVED YOUTH ON A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY AND PERSONAL GROWTH.
Youth in Focus provides underserved youth with the instruction, resources, and equipment they need to share their unique and personal stories through photography. Our students discover their creativity, identity, authentic voice, and sense of self-worth. Our supportive and inclusive community provides a sense of belonging and safety for youth from a variety of backgrounds, fostering positive connections between youth and adult teaching artists and mentors. All the while providing individualized attention and support.
CORE PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM
We offer youth development photography classes in both digital photography and traditional black and white darkroom photography, during the school year, as well as, Mid-Winter and Summer Breaks.
We partner with organizations, schools, and agencies to teach courses in darkroom and digital photography which can be designed to meet specific outcomes and academic Service Learning requirements.
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.
PRINTS FOR SALE
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.
OUR STUDENT WORK HAS BEEN at:
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle City Hall
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine
Amazon Photo Studios
College Access Now
2100 Building 1st & 3rd Floor
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how we do it
In 24 years, Youth in Focus has served approximately 4,200 youth through our youth development photography program.
Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) scores for Youth in Focus have been consistently higher than comparison scores for 1,262 other national youth programs. In recent surveys, 100% of students felt positive about their overall experience with the program and with their teaching artist, 95% felt their teaching artists and mentors listened to them and were open to their ideas, and 95% felt their experience helped them to learn about their own ideas.
In 2015 we received the Seattle Met Magazine Light a Fire Award for Nurturing Creativity.
Our students have shown their work at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle City Hall, the Washington State Convention Center, REI, Amazon, and Swedish Family Medicine – Cherry Hill (who also bought two photos for their permanent collection), among others.
WHO WE SERVE
77% received scholarship assistance to take a class with us
66% were students of color
51% of our students qualified for the free/reduced lunch program
41% identified as LGBTQ
39% lived with a single parent or other living arrangements
11% identified as gender non-conforming
“What I love about the people here, is how dedicated they are to making an environment that can support us, teach us, and let us share our artistic vision.”
Ethan B., Youth in Focus student (with portrait and self-portrait)