When kids experience trauma such as poverty, homelessness, neglect and abuse, they disconnect from the world and from themselves. A camera in their hands, with the right guidance and encouragement, can switch the light in their eyes back on, giving them a new lens on life. Kids in Focus is a 501(c)(3) that inspires hope and fosters positive outcomes in at-risk children starting at age 10.
Through the restorative power of photography and with the guidance of dedicated mentors, the kids are inspired to open their eyes to their own potential as they build the self-worth and resilience they need to overcome the challenges they face. Since 2012, the organization has transformed the lives of hundreds of kids in need, equipping them with essential life skills to make the shift from surviving to thriving.
As an active volunteer for kids in need for the past 25 years, Founder Karen Shell is dedicated to empowering at-risk youth to see beyond their circumstances. Her 29-year career as a photographer has continually reminded her of the powerful value of seeing outside oneself.
To learn more visit kidsinfocus.org.