We invite photographers to use their talent and knowledge to make a vital difference in the lives of children who need it most. You can help us expand our mission to reach more kids by becoming a mentor. Our programs vary in length and commitment level but all will transform you as well as the kids you mentor.
Required Photography Experience: Kids in Focus Mentors range in experience from those who are Professional Photographers (Full & Part-Time) to Avid Amateurs who love photography, feel comfortable using their camera, and sharing their knowledge. Ours is not a technical program, in fact, the kids use point & shoot cameras. We look for Mentors who know how to see creatively. Our programs’ goal is to teach our kids composition and basic techniques like using light, shadow, and motion in their photos. We teach kids to create and see the beauty in the ordinary.
Required Skills: Our mentors enjoy working with kids! They come from diverse personal backgrounds and are good at being patient, energetic, and love to explore with their cameras. Our kids come from often difficult home lives. They need someone who demonstrates a genuine interest in them, cares about their experiences, is willing to listen and support them, and teaches them new skills both in photography and socially. Each mentor goes through training in the goals of the program, understanding how the kids are affected by their experiences, and how they can play a powerful role in bringing joy and new skills to their mentee’s lives.
If you feel inspired to help us ensure that this vital work continues to grow, please fill out our online application today to learn how your skills can help make a difference. We would love to have you join us!