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A Future In Focus

Photo Start is a global nonprofit organization that uses photography to equip under-resourced youth with new opportunities for success.

We believe all young people have extraordinary potential.


According to UNESCO, 264 million children and youth are currently out of school and another 617 million lack the basic literacy and life skills needed to succeed in life. This is a staggering number, and it is only going to get worse as the unemployment rate continues to rise.

Who we are


Our program is designed to help under-resourced young people develop their creativity, technical skills, and self-confidence, while also providing them with a sense of purpose and the competencies they need to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of others.

What we do

Why digital Photography?

Digital photography integrates science, technology, digital production, the arts, and storytelling for a low-cost, high-value, high-quality education. We include problem-based, social-emotional learning to nurture the focus, perspective, and vision of the leaders of tomorrow, who will impact their communities for generations to come.

It is a universal language that is adaptable and inclusive for all learners.

It promotes cross-cultural learning and connections

It teaches 21st-century skills - 6 Cs: Collaboration, Communication, Confidence, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Computer/Digital.

It incorporates visual & digital literacy with practical, technical, and creative skills.

It allows students to find constructive ways to express themselves and process challenging circumstances

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Your contribution not only makes a difference in the lives of our students, it inspires others to get involved. Coming together we can change the world!

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“Photography has opened my mind to see things in a different way. At first, photography was hard, but since enrolling and going through the hands of the Photo Start instructors it has made me inspired and determined.”

-Jimmy Kisoi, Imarika Youth, Kenya