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Frame Central in The Pearl has made our day by announcing that they will once again be the lead sponsor for our fundraising auction. Kelly Carver, who was an honorary Co-Chair of the event last year confirmed the store’s intention to provide us with the same high level of support that we enjoyed last year and it […]

The New Avenues for Youth kids enjoyed another great photo safari in mid-May. As expected, they found that not all outdoor photography is the same. There’s quite a dramatic difference between photographing the quiet formal beauty of the tulip fields and imaging water pouring out of hillsides and rushing over boulders. And they took to […]

We’ve been extremely fortunate this year to have Canon representative Shawn Weishaar join our corps of mentors. Shawn, shown here with one of the great kids from New Avenues for Youth on our Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival safari, has been representing Canon in the Northwest for seven years. He’s been also been teaching photography classes- […]

There are some really great images of some of the kids from our Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival safari on our Facebook page. The way the process works is that the kids go out on a photo safari/excursion and then Donna Lee downloads the cameras onto disks. Then we schedule a class where the kids look […]

Thanks to board member Christopher Cabatbat, our IT whiz who’s having a huge impact on our data processing and our level of technological sophistication. This image will begin appearing on our printed materials – starting with the donation forms for our September 29 auction… which, by the way, we’ll begin distributing this month. The QR, […]

Over the years I’ve dealt with an number of auctioneers – professional, semi-professional, and amateur (including myself)- but JillMarie Wiles of Beneficial Auction Services (BAS) is unique in my experience with her combination of honesty, professionalism, and generosity. Her donation of almost an hour of her valuable time to advise us on the challenges of […]

The Standard, one of the more successful and generous financial institutions in Oregon, has pledged to continue its support of Focus on Youth into 2012. A sponsor of our 2011 Auction, the corporation confirmed this month that it will provide us with a $2500 grant immediately with the possibility of further support later in the […]

    Michael Shay, the Co-President of the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, contacted us recently to pledge a very welcome $500 donation to Focus on Youth as a token of their support for our work with young people.  Shay, who is part of Polara Studio‘s team of seven creative and […]

One of Focus on Youth‘s best Friends is celebrating an anniversary on February 17 – in case you haven’t guessed, it’s Pearl Bakery and the anniversary is their 15th. On that day, the Lester family will be offering all sorts of specials and sales at the bakery and FOY will have volunteers on the premises. […]

In prepping for the KGW shoot we told you about earlier this month, Donna Lee discovered that four of the batteries for our Canon cameras would no longer hold a charge. With time at a premium (the shoot hadn’t been cancelled yet), she called our good friends at Pro Photo Supply and, as usual, they […]

Our friends at BLACKFISH GALLERY once again made us beneficiaries of their holiday season sale. A lovely check arrived in the mail this month, money we can certainly use. Our deeply felt thanks go out to FOY Family member Jana Svoboda, Director Gina Carrington, and the other artist-owners of BLACKFISH. As a timely note, on […]

    UPDATE: Due to adverse weather conditions, the shoot was canceled. It’s been tentatively rescheduled for February 10. We’ll let you know. OK, they’ll be using cameras but they’ll still be shooting us at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden on Friday AM. In an act of great generosity the Garden staff have offered to  […]

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Exhibits & Events

Visit our exhibit at the Umpqua Bank in Multnomah Village.

A special thank you to Pearl Bakery and Eric Lester who will be hosting a fund raiser for Focus on Youth on February 17, 2015