Making a Difference

Over the past decade Focus on Youth has provided mentoring and hands on learning experiences for over 10,000 disadvantaged and homeless youth.  This year we expanded by launching “Seeds of  Hope”, a youth leadership program that incorporates science, math, photography and sustainable gardening for homeless youth.

This unique program takes place at the Focus on Youth headquarters, a one acre parcel of land in Southwest Portland.  Focus on Youth is accomplishing these goals: increasing opportunities for students using hands-on learning to produce food and art, and cultivating students ability to communicate publicly through photography exhibits, building community and improving the environment.



Professional Photographers serve as Volunteer Mentors

Professional photographers from The American Society of Media Photographers and The Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association who volunteer as mentors teaching  digital photography and computer software programs. Our workshops include field trips around the city, in-class projects, gallery and museum visits and guest speakers over the course of ten week sessions throughout the fall, winter and spring.




Empowering Youth

IMG_3840We collaborate with  schools and community organizations developing projects that engage students’ imagination and creativity while building their confidence and self-worth.  Focus on Youth nurtures creativity, promotes leadership skills, encourages success and profoundly transforms the lives of our students and our participants.

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Focus on Youth Greeting Cards now available. You'll find more information and images by following the link.

Don't forget that we're going to be selling really beautiful cards (printed for us by our good friend Al Barreth at Digicraft) at Umpqua Bank's Beaumont-Wilshire branch starting in July. For details, please click BLOG up in the tool bar for the site.

Terrific segment broadcast on KGW NewsChannel 8 called Students Focus on Beauty. Our sincere thanks to Pat Dooris and the folks at KGW who really do care about our community and show it every day. Here's a link to take you to the segment: - Focus On Beauty.

Exhibits & Events

Visit our exhibit at the Lloyd Center Umpqua Bank from July 1st until September 30th.

The Albina Bank in the Pearl is hosting an exhibit of our work during the month of August.