Youth in Focus is the only photography-specific arts and youth development organization in Seattle.
As a catalyst for the next generation of creative thinkers to meet the emerging needs of global society, we foster social and emotional learning and 21st century skills through photography and digital media offerings. We provide a range of programs for teens ages 13-19, where students explore creativity, practice risk-taking, and gain life-long tools to succeed in their futures. Our programs are offered to youth for free-of-charge or pay-what-you-can. We loan students all needed equipment, supply snacks each day, and provide free bus passes.
Our Student Programs
YiF is the only photography-specific arts and youth development organization in Seattle. With limited arts curriculums in public schools, we play a critical role in offering skill-building activities that evoke curiosity, courage, and personal agency.
After School Digital and Darkroom Photography Classes
Job Training Program
Youth Advisory Board
Creative Career Cohort
Across all of our programs, Youth in Focus is committed to fulfilling our five overarching goals - all of which are rooted in our mission and values.Check out work from our students!
Safe and Supportive Environment
Create a place for youth to learn and grow where everyone feels valued and has a sense of belonging. Reinforce and model positive relationships with caring adult teachers and mentors.
Equitable Access to Arts Education
Forge pathways and eliminate opportunity gaps for students furthest from educational justice.
Provide Job Skills & Training Opportunities
Teach 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, perseverance, and growth mindset so youth are prepared to succeed and thrive in education, life, and/or career. Ensure students can name the skills they have developed and readily understand how to transfer them to other areas of their life.
Planning & Leadership
Involve youth voice in planning, co-creating, and facilitating activities.
Empathy & Tolerance
Foster a healthy, vibrant, and more equitable society.