Kids in Focus gives kids ages 10-13, who come from extremely underprivileged backgrounds, a chance to see themselves and their world in a new way. The kids have experienced some form of abuse, neglect, homelessness or poverty. The traumas can cause them to disconnect from their environments, from the people around them, and inevitably from themselves. They can find it difficult to trust and form good relationships with caring responsible adults. Their circumstances can stunt emotional growth and self-awareness.
Kids in Focus is honored to play a part in the healing process by providing children with caring adult volunteers who model positive methods of communication. The children have the opportunity to channel their emotions through the expressive art of photography, to learn creative problem solving, and to build trust working with others.
Kids in Focus connects with youth through partner organizations serving young lives in need. Our partners include Children First Leadership Academy (a school serving students living at or below the poverty line, the majority of whom are homeless), Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix (providing critically needed after school and summer programs for youth) and Tonto Creek Camp with Arizona Friends of Foster Children (providing children in foster care with awards for opportunities that are not funded by government allowances). Our list of partner agencies is growing to include shelters, family resource centers and other youth services.