Youth in Focus: Volunteers Needed

Our mission at Youth in Focus is to empower youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives.  We put cameras in the hands of youth and place them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers, nurturing adult mentors, and create a strong community of support. Through photography our students find their voice, identity, creativity, and gain new confidence in their worth and abilities. Opportunities to get involved include:


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.  

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 two to three adult, volunteer mentors. We place two to three 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 quarter, participating in all classes, as well as our and End of Quarter Show. 

We are seeking mentors with experience working with 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.  Core Classes meet twice weekly from 4:30-7:00pm for a total of 5.5 hours, over 8 weeks. The summer schedule and Partner Programs vary each year. 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. 

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