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Cameras For Kids Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   40 reviews 3,287

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

368 S Military Trl Deerfield Bch FL 33442 USA

Mission:

CFKF provides underprivileged teens living in foster facilities the opportunity to have a camera and learn basic concepts of art and photography while fostering self-esteem, self-confidence and offering a skill set.

Results:

CFKF has been so well received that in three years we are running our program in many cities in Florida, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and other areas.

Programs:

Workshop days, Photography sessions (6-8 weeks long) and Mentorship programs

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In an age where so many people take cameras for granted with smartphones at their fingertips, it's encouraging to see an organization that supports today's youth to use cameras and the medium of photography consciously, skillfully, artfully, and wisely, in a manner that builds confidence, nurtures intelligence, enhances communication skills, and literally crafts beautiful visions of our world for generations to come. As a supportive follower of CFKF for more than three years now, I am always moved by the students' remarkable photography in exhibits and on social media, as well as by the heartfelt testimonials of those who speak about their transformative experiences at fundraisers each year. It's impressive to see (via the CFKF email list, Facebook, and Instagram) how the foundation is constantly launching new locations across the United States and internationally. At this writing, it's 34 locations, an outstanding accomplishment. Thank you, CFKF, for your unique and significant contribution—I look forward to seeing what great things you accomplish next!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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3 people found this review helpful

My name is Kiki Baxter and I am a volunteer teacher for Cameras for Kids Foundation. In the course of a 6-8 week photography program, these children gain self-esteem, confidence, and they develop a new awareness of the world around them. Each child can look at the same scene and photograph something completely different, bringing value to their unique vision and creativity. CFKF also arranges opportunities for the students to meet real professionals in the industry and even exhibit their own work in professional settings. I love working with CFKF and cannot wait to begin teaching my new class this Thursday!

 
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What better way to see the sparkle in the eyes of a foster child than to afford them the opportunity to achieve success through the lens of a camera and their own efforts.
This is the result attained by the "Cameras For Kids Foundation" program.
Imagine beginning with a group of children, who for the most part have only known adversity and eight weeks later at the conclusion of the CFKF photographic program these same children have a smile and a look of achievement on their face and a sparkle in their eyes.

 
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When I first met Betsy I was convinced I was meeting someone special.
Being a photography based business, I have become acutely aware of the treasure that is hidden in photos.
For most, it is easy to unlock that joy and for most, they take that joy for granted.
Betsy and CFKF have developed programs that bring that joy to those that would not ordinarily be pricey to it.
I applaud her daily efforts and would recommend those that are looking for a very rewarding endeavor to join her in those efforts.


Steve Nudelberg
PhotoandGO.com

 
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I feel so honored to be a part of the Cameras for Kids Foundation in the Dallas area. I have seen firsthand the amazing changes that this foundation has brought to these foster children. It has changed their lives in more ways then I can count and love seeing them excited about photographing life's beauty. Betsey Chesler truly is an earthly angel and has a heart of gold. Please continue to support this wonderful Foundation and help us continue to make a difference! ♡ ♡ ♡

 
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I've been traveling with Betsey and observing teaching sessions with the foster children. I get to see how stoked the children are to learn a new skill set, and to feel confident about their work. When we take them out on a photo shoot, their faces instantly light up with excitement. CFKF provides the cameras, teaching sessions, photo shoots, and more often than not, the children's work is displayed and celebrated in a gallery. The kids are so proud of the work that they compose, and they want to share it with others. CFKF aims to raise self-esteem in at-risk teens, and I've seen it happen in real time.

 
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Cameras for Kids has been working with PACE for the past few years. This year, we have formed a Cameras for Kids Club at PACE because the girls are so excited about expanding their knowledge of photography and the hands-on experience that they are obtaining. PACE is a wonderful program for teenage girls in which we work to help the girls develop higher self esteem and protective factors in their lives. By working with Cameras for Kids, the girls actually begin to see the world from a different point of view. They see the beauty in everyday objects and refocus their attention to find the light. By engaging their artistic selves, the girls are transformed into true artisans and photographers. I cannot thank Betsey Chesler enough for bringing this wonderful program to the PACE girls. It is such a gift - as are our girls!

 
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The photography students are in awe when they see their fine art photographs framed and hung in an art gallery. This moment reiterates all the skills the students have learned during the Cameras For Kids Foundation photography course. As gallery viewers compliment the photographs, the students gain feelings of self-worth and pride. Some students even share the deeper meanings behind their images, proving that a camera is a therapeutic tool used to express oneself.
Cameras For Kids Foundation is fully dedicated to bettering the lives of at risk youth in foster care.

 
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Seeing the children light up when they capture a great photograph, is my favorite part of being a volunteer photography teacher with Cameras For Kids Foundation in South Florida. I am thrilled that the foundation continues to grow nationally and internationally - granting more children the opportunity learn photography, gain self-confidence and consider an artistic career in their future. CFKF offers a one-of-a-kind creative, educational and mentoring program that truly impacts underprivileged children and children in foster care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Currently, the CFKF founder solely runs the foundation's entire day to day operation and programs. With a small amount of assistance and aide, CFKF could really expand its reach and impact more children worldwide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

CFKF is an exceptional organization created for at-risk teens. They have the opportunity to creatively use a camera and learn a unique skill set, therefore, raising self-esteem and providing an artistic outlet.

 
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What a pleasure to work with an organization that fosters creativity for underprivileged children. So heartwarming to see children express themselves through photography and allow us to see the world through their eyes. Can't think of a better way for children to be encouraged and receive positive reinforcement. Kudos to Betsey and the entire CFKF team!

 
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