Kids in Focus is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth to reach their potential using photography to ignite their imagination and build their sense of confidence. Tapping into the power and universal language of photography, Kids in Focus enables children to gain a new perspective on themselves and their environment. The kids’ eyes open to their potential for creativity and success by learning new ways of connecting with others and the world.
Founder Karen Shell’s lifelong pursuit of helping kids and families in need began in the early ’90s. After emerging from an abusive and challenging home-life as a child, she was driven to give back and help others by her early 20s. During her first six years of volunteering, Karen fed the homeless, played softball with the kids at The Salvation Army, and celebrated birthdays with the kids at domestic abuse shelters. She took kids from the West Valley Child Crisis Center on adventures, mentored girls at Florence Crittenton, read to the homeless children at UMOM, played kickball with the adult mentally disabled at Civitan House, and much more.