Some of Our Student Photographers

Through their eyes.

Sitta Cole

I came to Focus on Youth in 2008 and started learning photography.  When I am taking photographs I see the beauty and I just go for it. The beauty I see and am able to photograph makes me forget the painful things that happened in Liberia. Read about Sitta’s life here.


Emad William

My name is Emad William and I came to the U.S. from Egypt.  I have been a student from Focus on Youth for two years and I have enjoyed it very much. I love photography and my goal is to become a good photographer.  I started learning photography in Egypt and thanks to Focus on Youth I am able to learn photography and take photos I like.



My name is Jowharaay (my knickname is J.J.) I feel like I am lucky to have opportunities like Focus on Youth. The teachers are wonderful and full of creativity.  I am originally from Somlia.  I moved to Kenya when I was 6 years old and then came to live in the U.S. when I was 8 years old.  I love to take photos, especially of myself.  My dream is to become a nurse when I graduate from school.



My name is Madeha, and I am a student in Focus on Youth.  I like this class because I learned a lot of things from this.  How to take pictures in the light and in the sun.  I learned how to take pictures with a zoom near and far.  I also learned how to take pictures for myself.  Thanks to Donna Lee and Scott and Leo and Gary I learned so much.  I am thankful for this photography program.  I like this program very much.


I am part of the Focus on Youth class.  This is the best class I have even taken because it made me see the real beauty in  the world around me.


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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.