During the intensive 9-week Kids in Focus Afterschool program, relationships are formed and trust is built as each mentor works closely with two kids. The kids receive much more than a camera to keep. Together, the kids and mentors take a journey of discovery through classroom lessons and field trips all over town, culminating in a public photo exhibit and hardbound book of their work. The exhibit is kicked off with an opening night gala where the kids, their families, and hundreds from the community gather in celebration. A child can participate in the afterschool program up to two times before joining fellow alumni students in the ongoing Grads in Focus programs.
Before Kids in Focus, when I would get mad, I would go in my room and hit the wall. Now I go in there and start taking pictures.