" CFKF's program is a gift for life to a deserving child "

Betsey Chesler - Cameras For Kids Foundation - Founder

Our Mission

Our Mission

Cameras For Kids Foundation, Inc. has been created specifically to provide underprivileged teens living in Foster Care 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.

 

CFKF will work with teens to develop their personal artistic expression through use of a camera.  The program encompasses weekly workshops and assignments teaching basic concepts of art and photography, as well as teaching a new way  to “see” and develop a strong artistic eye.  The program promotes regular participation and involvement of each teen, encouraging self esteem, self confidence and offering the kids a creative skill set.

Cameras For Kids Foundation

Cameras For Kids Foundation

Cameras For Kids Foundation, Inc. is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit public charitable organization founded in 2009 by Fine Art Photographer Betsey Chesler.

In the past, Betsey has volunteered at a number of Orphanages in South Africa, and that experience has allowed her to focus on the needs of children living without parents.  Worldwide there are 146 million children living in foster care and in the United States alone, there are currently over 500,000. Cameras For Kids Foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the abandoned children by exposing the teens to the process of creating art through a camera’s lens. CFKF uses photography to capture participants imaginations, to empower them, build confidence, self-esteem and open a whole new world for them to visualize and create.

Betsey’s Statement

Betsey’s Statement

A photograph represents many things to many people.  To a foster child, a photograph is a place and time, a happy memory, a family member they love or a best friend, as well as something just beautiful that was captured in the camera’s frame.  Through the CFKF program the teens will be the beneficiaries of learning how to create art through a camera’s lens.  The program is fun, educational, challenging and engaging, and exposes their mind’s eye to the fundamentals of art. The skill set that will be gained as a result, will allow the teens to pursue potential career paths that utilize photography. There is a level of creativity in all of us, and CFKF will open these doors for the kids and allow them to see their own potentials where they may not have otherwise had such an opportunity. The program is a gift for life where they will forever “see” at a higher level; offering them the luxury to see all beauty in life regardless of their surroundings.

 

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