Mentor Francis helping a youth take her portrait.

Mentor Francis helping a youth take her portrait.


Our volunteer mentors help us to serve over 300 youth every year.  Without them, we wouldn't be able to make positive impacts in the lives of youth, like we do.  

Direct Attention We intentionally keep our classes small to facilitate maximum student-adult interaction and relationship building.  Youth in Focus creates a healthy, positive place where diverse students feel they belong.  Each class is limited to 10 - 13 students with one teaching artist and one to three adult, volunteer mentors.  

We place adult, volunteer mentors in each of our classes to assist teaching artists and to build positive relationships with youth.  Mentors commit between 40 and 50 hours of their time each eight-week quarter, participating in all classes, as well as our End of Quarter Show. Our Partner Program and summer schedules vary.

We are seeking mentors with experience working with at-risk youth and experience in a field of photography, as well as being willing to learn and implement our youth development strategies for building a positive community.  Each class meets twice weekly from 4:30-7:00pm for a total of 5.5 hours, over 8 weeks.

Once we receive your completed mentor application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview to learn more about our youth development mission, program and mentor needs.

As an equal opportunity employer, Youth in Focus is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Youth in Focus does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Mentors must be at least 21 years old to volunteer.

Please download, complete, and email this form to yif (at) youthinfocus (dot) org. This is a required component of the application.  *Please note that we do not process background checks until after the interview has been completed*

Download Background Check Form

 Mentor Hannah (right) helping youth take their polaroid portraits.

Mentor Hannah (right) helping youth take their polaroid portraits.

Contact us:                     206.723.1479                                                                       yif(at)                                        2100 24th Avenue South, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144