Author Archives: Larry

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. […]

After a very engaged and animated conversation with Bridge Meadows‘ Executive Director, Dr. Derenda Schubert, and Program Director Renée Moseley, a February start for our partnership seems pretty certain. Bridge Meadows is a remarkable effort adapted from an Illinois effort which converted housing units on an abandoned air force base into a community designed to […]

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 […]

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News:

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.