Cameras For Kids Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   46 reviews

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  

4 people found this review helpful

I became aware of Cameras for Kids Foundation while looking over a photo exhibit in the main hall of the Bank of Montreal building end of winter 2016. While chatting with Betsey Chesler, as all the photos were taken by children under 15 years, I asked her more about
the volunteer process.
I've worked free lance in Toronto for years. When Betsey said she could use another volunteer teacher, I told her it would be a dream come true.
I am thrilled to say, my students raised the bar when it came to following suggestions and rules. Best experience ever working with the boys and girls club in Toronto.
Never hesitate to give a child a way to see the world with their owns eyes and communicate their vision back to all of us. You're never alone if you have you camera with you! It's more fun than a basket of puppies.

 
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4 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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

I only recently started working with CFKF as a volunteer, but I must say it has been an incredibly positive experience for me and for the children. Needless to say, I plan on continuing to work with CFKF and these children! The founder Betsey Chesler has been a pleasure to work with as well.

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?

A lot

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I first learned about this organization about three years ago, after reading about it in a magazine article. I was so impressed with founder Betsey Chesler and her incredible vision to help foster kids find their artistic side and create something they could be proud of. I knew I had to get involved.

I started first as a volunteer helping plan events, and last year I started assistant teaching some of the photography classes. Some of these kids have never believed they were good at anything. To see firsthand how the kids light up as they discover that they can become artists through photography has been so rewarding.

It's been even more rewarding to see the kids' reaction to their artwork hanging in local art galleries. This organization gives children – many who have never had a role model – someone to look up to and something to aspire to.

I am so proud to be involved in this organization and will continue to help it any way that I can.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

CFK ran a 6 wk program at Milagro Teen Center that still pays dividends. The gift they gave my kids was more than the ability to take photos. The instilled a new way of SEEING! The kids also found form making their vision instantly tangible. The prints they created adorn the walls of our center and are a great source of pride. Instructor Jane taught with great enthusiasm and was easily one of our favorite visiting artists. CFK was an awesome addition to our programming!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

i am amazed at the energy and staying power of Betsey, the founder of this non- profit. The passion and drive is carried over to the instructors and the students of photography. The best part is the kids walk away confident with their talent!

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?

Some

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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2 people found this review helpful

Cameras For Kids was founded by a dear friend of mine who wanted to share her passion with photography with at risk kids. Betsey learned herself that photography opened her heart and mind to the possibilities around her; she wanted the at risk children to find this experience themselves. Teaching photography to the kids and helping them grow and develop self esteem was the goal of this organization. The children have blossomed, many have taken their life stories and through photography; have expressed their personal life experiences through this medium and actually had their pictures hanging in a gallery for viewing. Voila!!! Success! They will have this knowledge the rest of their lives! Laurey Hallson MD

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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