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Cameras For Kids Foundation Inc

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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 SamKelly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cameras for Kids is an incredible organization. As a NYC teacher, I watched my students become so excited about photography. Every week when I walked into the classroom, I had one of my students jump up to show me the photos that he took that week. At our end-of-semester exhibition, I was amazed by the quality of the work that the students created. I can't express enough how wonderful it was to see the students share their work with their friends and family, the students were so proud of themselves. I believe this experience will be something that they will take with them forever, and that most of them will continue to shoot photography.

Additionally, Betsey is such an inspiring leader! Working with her to achieve the goals of the organization was always seamless and fun. CFKF is making an incredible impact on the lives of children through photography, and I'm so glad that I could contribute to this amazing 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.

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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! ♡ ♡ ♡

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.






4 EMES

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Stephanie204

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jenn12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

1 Laurey M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Cameras For Kids Foundation for three years as a volunteer photography teacher and as a board member. Teaching photography to children in foster care provides the children with a creative outlet, a new skill set and inspiration for future career paths. CFKF's program is designed to challenge, mentor and foster self-esteem in underprivileged children's lives. While CFKF continues to expand, the nonprofit organization maintains strong connections with the photography teachers and students who are involved.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I got the opportunity to help bring Cameras For Kids Foundation to Canada when they launched their first every International program in Quebec, Canada. The experience was absolutely amazing. To see kids get excited about something new was nothing short of incredible.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To see kids light up at the spark of their own creativity … To see them go from “So what?” to “Wow! I did that!” … To see them realize that there’s something unique and valuable inside each of them … This is what I’ve seen with Camera for Kids.

The program is phenomenal and Betsey Chesler is an outstanding leader. I’m very happy to be part of what she’s created.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing program that provides hope to our foster children nationwide
As a Guardian Ad Litem working with teens, I have personally observed the change in some of those children, their attitude, and desire to participate can only be credited to the instructor s and the program. The kids are very proud of what they are producing with their new founded art.
I thank you Mrs. Chesler for you kindness while others kept looking the other way!

2 Casey K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am originally from the state of NY and came across Camera's For Kids Foundation online and quickly grew interested in the mission to help children and adolescents in Foster Care. I decided to move myself to the state of Florida to assist and intern at Camera's For Kids. The mission is very clear, I have seen and experienced first hand how Betsey and the volunteer photographers have impacted each and every child that comes into contact with the foundation. It gives them something to look forward to and something to be proud of. They do not have to continue their connection with art. It is not just about the photography classes, it is about being their for the children and influencing them and using photography to express their lives in a more positive and motivating way. It is very moving to see how these children open up and grow through out the time spent with camera's for kids. I cannot express enough how powerful the impact Betsey and everyone else involved with Camera's For Kids is doing for these children. Working and learning about Camera's For Kids has inpacted me to want to pursue a career goal in helping children in foster care, orphanages and others alike. I can only see good things happening to this foundation as it continue's to grow!

1 Marilyn25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to represent this charity at The OSCAR'S GIFTING EVENT in LA on Feb 21, 2013. I am an Entertainment Publicist. The interest from the Hollywood Community was overwhelming! A charity that gives cameras to Foster children, that allows them to capture life thru the lens as they see, and live it! Betsey Chesler, is an amazing woman, and advocate for these kids...providing a chance for them to express themselves in a way they would otherwise not have. Her efforts are tireless, and unending! I recommend CFKF to be the beneficiary of any special awards and funding available. This will help them gain the visibility and support they so rightly deserve.

Marilyn Kirschner

2 Fred F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My passion for photography combined with my recognition of the importance of nurturing disadvantaged children's artistic and creative ability has made he an avid supporter of the Cameras for Kids Foundation. Just seeing the smile on a kid's face when they realize that they can create something creative and beautiful and makes it so worthwhile. I would urge anyone looking for a way to help disadvantaged children to support CFKF.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Congratulations to Betsey Chesler for founding Cameras for Kids. She knows photography and knows what these at risk kids need. This makes for a winning situation. Her enthusiasm, drive and eye to detail has made the organization grow and succeed. Bravo!! My best wishes for continued growth and success!!