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Youth in Focus

Youth in Focus The mission of Youth in Focus is to empower urban teens through photography to experience their world in new ways and make positive changes in their lives. Youth in Focus, which is located in Seattle, Wash, is a nationally recognized youth development program that offers a variety of photography classes, service learning opportunities, and entrepreneurial projects for youths aged 13 through 19. We focus on serving youth who are facing multiple challenges in their lives that range from poor achievement in school to a history of abuse and neglect. View LargeDownload Photographer: Elizabeth, Seattle, Wash. Black-and-white photograph taken with a manual SLR camera in the summer of 2003 while Elizabeth was enrolled in Youth in Focus's Advanced Portfolio class. Photography is an ideal tool to engage, excite, and inspire young people who are struggling in their lives. Students are encouraged by the tangible results they quickly achieve in darkroom classes. The nature of photography uniquely combines instant gratification with the potential to endlessly rework an image to perfection. Our goal is not to train our students as photographers but to prepare them for successful lives. We do this by teaching them transferable skills and engaging them with a network of caring adults. Youth in Focus has a proven track record in serving troubled youth with compassion, energy, and vision. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized Youth in Focus as a model program in 2000 providing "life-changing activities" to youth with limited opportunities. Last year, our students showed their work at the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Frye Art Museum, and the Benham Gallery. The prominence of these Seattle locations where their images are exhibited is a testament both to the quality of the work our students produce and to their passion for the medium. Youth in Focus was started as a summer program in 1994 in a borrowed darkroom and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997. Since then we have offered after-school programs year round. In December 2003 we moved into a new custom-designed facility where we have our darkrooms, a gallery, and classrooms. Over 75% of our students are young people of color, with the majority coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2003, we served 320 young people aged 13 through 19 and hope to serve a similar number in 2004 as we settle into our new space. For more information about us, contact Youth in Focus at (206)723-1479; or visit our Web site at www.youthinfocus.org. Correspondence: Mr Barry, Youth in Focus, 2100 24th Ave S, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144 (paulb@youthinfocus.org). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine American Medical Association

Youth in Focus

Abstract

The mission of Youth in Focus is to empower urban teens through photography to experience their world in new ways and make positive changes in their lives. Youth in Focus, which is located in Seattle, Wash, is a nationally recognized youth development program that offers a variety of photography classes, service learning opportunities, and entrepreneurial projects for youths aged 13 through 19. We focus on serving youth who are facing multiple challenges in their lives that range from poor...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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1072-4710
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1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.158.7.614
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Abstract

The mission of Youth in Focus is to empower urban teens through photography to experience their world in new ways and make positive changes in their lives. Youth in Focus, which is located in Seattle, Wash, is a nationally recognized youth development program that offers a variety of photography classes, service learning opportunities, and entrepreneurial projects for youths aged 13 through 19. We focus on serving youth who are facing multiple challenges in their lives that range from poor achievement in school to a history of abuse and neglect. View LargeDownload Photographer: Elizabeth, Seattle, Wash. Black-and-white photograph taken with a manual SLR camera in the summer of 2003 while Elizabeth was enrolled in Youth in Focus's Advanced Portfolio class. Photography is an ideal tool to engage, excite, and inspire young people who are struggling in their lives. Students are encouraged by the tangible results they quickly achieve in darkroom classes. The nature of photography uniquely combines instant gratification with the potential to endlessly rework an image to perfection. Our goal is not to train our students as photographers but to prepare them for successful lives. We do this by teaching them transferable skills and engaging them with a network of caring adults. Youth in Focus has a proven track record in serving troubled youth with compassion, energy, and vision. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized Youth in Focus as a model program in 2000 providing "life-changing activities" to youth with limited opportunities. Last year, our students showed their work at the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Frye Art Museum, and the Benham Gallery. The prominence of these Seattle locations where their images are exhibited is a testament both to the quality of the work our students produce and to their passion for the medium. Youth in Focus was started as a summer program in 1994 in a borrowed darkroom and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997. Since then we have offered after-school programs year round. In December 2003 we moved into a new custom-designed facility where we have our darkrooms, a gallery, and classrooms. Over 75% of our students are young people of color, with the majority coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2003, we served 320 young people aged 13 through 19 and hope to serve a similar number in 2004 as we settle into our new space. For more information about us, contact Youth in Focus at (206)723-1479; or visit our Web site at www.youthinfocus.org. Correspondence: Mr Barry, Youth in Focus, 2100 24th Ave S, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144 (paulb@youthinfocus.org).

Journal

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 2004

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