CAMERAS FOR KIDS FOUNDATION INC

Deerfield Bch, FL   |  www.camerasforkidsfoundation.org
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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.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Betsey Chesler

Main address

368 S Military Trl

Deerfield Bch, FL 33442 USA

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EIN

01-0928046

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 496,000 children in foster care. ChildNet studies show that of the nearly 26,000 children in Florida's foster care system, 30% are from Broward and Palm Beach counties. Each year, approximately 20% of children in foster care "age out" of the system. Only 49% of foster children will graduate from high school, and less than 10% will graduate from college (U.S Department of Education). Worse still, 1 in 4 former foster youth will be incarcerated within 2 years of leaving foster care (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative). The reasons for such dismal statistics for foster youth stem from deep emotional trauma and lack of stability and caring adults. Because most foster children have histories of abuse, abandonment and/or severe neglect, they are at significantly increased risk of emotional disturbances, delayed social development and anti-social behavior.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Photography Classes

Cameras for kids will work with teens ages 12-18 to develop their personal artistic expression through use of a camera.  The program will break down the learning process into weekly sessions and assignments allowing the participants to maximize their learning potential.  The sessions address visualization, selective focus, creative composition and solid basic concepts of art and photography.  The participants will learn a new way of seeing along with developing a strong artistic eye.  Emphasis will be placed on the use of light, space, mood and design.  The program will promote strong participation and involvement of each teen, encouraging self-esteem, self-confidence and offer a creative skill set.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Point and Shoot works with teens living in foster care, ages 11-18, to develop their personal artistic expression through weekly classes and assignments. Sessions address visualization, selective focus, creative composition, and basic concepts of art and photography, with emphasis placed on the balance of technology and visual ability. Each Point and Shoot program is run by one volunteer photographer who uses CFKF curriculum to structure each session. Each session is an hour-long each week. CFKF provides each participant with a point and shoot digital camera and instruction on how to create art through photography. Weekly workshops and assignments teach basic concepts of art and photography, including composition, light, shapes, silhouettes and editing. The overarching goal is to teach participants a new way to "see" and to develop a strong artistic eye. Students receive a homework assignment each week, and at the end of the 8-week program, they take a field trip for a photo shoot day at a picturesque location. Emphasis is placed on the artistic aspects of photography as well as the technical. The program encourages steadfast participation and promotes self-confidence while giving children creative and technical skills. At the end of the course, children's works are proudly showcased in a gallery photography exhibit.

Point and Shoot works with teens living in foster care, ages 11-18, to develop their personal artistic expression through weekly classes and assignments. Sessions address visualization, selective focus, creative composition, and basic concepts of art and photography, with emphasis placed on the balance of technology and visual ability.

Since our inception in 2009, we have worked with over 1,000 at risk children, in 33 cities, at 43 facilities throughout the US, Canada and Haiti. We continue to expand each year and place cameras in the hands of underserved, yet deserving, children. Our path is Global.

Since our inception in 2009, we have worked with over 1,000 at risk children, in 33 cities, at 43 facilities throughout the US, Canada and Haiti. We continue to expand each year and place cameras in the hands of underserved, yet deserving, children. Our path is Global.

Financials

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Operations

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CAMERAS FOR KIDS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Betsey Chesler


Board co-chair

Betsey Chesler

Betsey Chesler

Cameras For Kids Foundation

Barry Chesler

Trimark Partners

Barry Diamond

Law Offices of Barry A. Diamond

Fred Fronstin

Body Kneads

Kara Starzyk

Stacey Miller

Landmark Business Services

Schuyler Thompson

Richard Westin

BMO Financial Group

Sandra Goroff

Sandra Goroff and Associates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No