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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Visual Arts

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

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kathey M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love seeing the work of these students. They are very gifted and talented. You can tell they put their heart and soul into each piece. It's the little things they also capture; a moment in time. I say, "well done!"

1 Janice J. J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that their is a way for kids to express their art through pictures.

1 Kristen76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what cameras for kids stands for and everything they do for foster children. What a great organization!

1 Tamara David S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So blessed to be a part of a wonderful foundation that helps foster kids explore their talents through photography. I've seen them bloom with each lesson and gain a Confidence they never had before.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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! ♡ ♡ ♡

3 Murna G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cousin Esther Stein was asked to teach some young children about photography for your organization. She loves, loves, loves photography and had been doing it for over fifty years. She has been commissioned to shoot any number of weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, pets, still life, etc. And she is brilliant at the art form because she truly enjoys it. She undertook teaching these wonderful kids with that same joy and knowledge, and was genuinely suprised at the depth of understanding that the children had instinctively. Esther was so pleased to be able to show these children and to share her knowledge with them about the art of shooting a subject. The children responded in kind and developed skills that, even if they never take another picture after the classes, will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Photography isn't just about point and shoot, it is about composition, patience, understanding how to apply the rule of thirds with respect to a shot. It is also about learning to be silent, be still, be courteous, be unobtrusive, and many more skills that they will need in their lifetimes. This class also took them to places that, in their normal lives they would not have access to for many reasons. Esther showed them about museums, buildings and people that they may never have had access to. She opened their eyes to other lifestyles other venues, to art and other areas. For the children and for Esther it was a win-win situation. This course is very worth while for everyone, children and staff because they all learned valuable lessons.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5




At Risk Children Giving them a visual voice through photography and actually changing their point of view: My friend sent me pics of her children, age 9 and 12 , a boy and a girl.
Their parents get home hours after they do They are lovely in every way and obese.




AT RISK CHILDREN so many definitions. Putting a camera in a child's hand so they can create and interpret with determination is so much more satisfying than cookies or nutter butter.






3

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Cameras for Kids in 2009 through Facebook, and I was instantly intrigued.

I know of no other charitable organization like it.

Through workshops and lessons, Cameras for Kids teaches children to "see" the world and not just "look at" it. Through everyone's support, it's creating artists in many communities across the country and beyond.

Betsey Chesler is truly a visionary leader in the arts. She's also the most large hearted mentor in south Florida.

Through the generosity of donors, she and her team provide cameras to children in foster care whose birth or foster families could never afford them.

Besides the gift of a camera, the children get an education in the art of photography and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

Most important, Cameras for Kids instills in young people skills that can lead them -- later on -- into careers as artists, journalists, or teachers.

It also fosters independence and self-actualization.

Yes, foster care provides stable and nurturing homes for many kids.

But one unfortunate side effect of the foster system is that the children often feel isolated and lonely and have no words to articulate these feelings.

I've attended three exhibits hosted by the Cameras for Kids Foundation. The images are always elegiac, dreamlike, sometimes hauntingly so.

It's hard to describe the beaming smiles and the wide eyes of the children as people stand in front of their exhibits in wonder.

I'll never forget the look on the face of one particular young lady who was absolutely overflowing with pride in her work as adults she didn't know were telling her how brilliant her photographs were.

I strongly encourage everyone to support CFK. Please attend an exhibit and be amazed.


2 Pearl P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My friend, Esther volunteers to work with the children in Toronto. I see some of the work by the students and they are remarkable. I also realise they are having fun with this class and what they learn will give them a groundwork if they choose to get into this field or just be great at seeing what the camera sees for their own pictures.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't think there is any other better learning venue than CFKF. Not everyone is privileged to follow their dreams or hobbies of photography yet CFKF provides exactly that. Not only does this non profit organization help youth by providing the necessary equipment, these youngsters also get a fabulous education, chance of exhibition and perhaps even another chance in life. Photography is a real art and having the chance to learn composition and seeing different perspectives opens up numerous possibilities to youth around the country. Hats down to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of the CFKF.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization cultivates and educates in an empowering manner, allowing participants (both teachers and students) to practice creativity, creation, and value art. No calculable value can be placed on what it means to empower others to express themselves. Cameras For Kids does this.