In 2008, local volunteers from the Harrisburg photography community partnered with the City of Harrisburg’s Parks and Recreations to offer a youth photo camp for the City of Harrisburg through their Summer Enrichment program series.  Seasoned photographers provided a weeklong photo workshop for youth learning the fundamentals of photography through classroom instruction and in-the-field workshops.  The students were provided advance digital cameras and coached in their picture taking.

In 2009, a second photo camp was added to the program that focused on nature and wildlife subjects held at Wildwood Park – Olewine Nature Center.  The success of the two photo camps provided the foundation to continue to offer photo camps for youth who have an interest in photography.

The following year, an advanced level II photography program was added for high school students interested to learn more beyond the fundamental programs.  The Level II program was developed for the more serious student interested in the advance techniques using digital DSLR camera and equipment. This program provides a deep dive about the camera mechanic, principles of design, lighting, advance composition, post processing and optimizing photos, and printing.  The Level II program offers a complete “Capture to Output” program for advanced student.

Today, nearly 85 youth participates each year in the programs. Photography for Kids (PFK) is the largest youth and teen photography program of its kind.

PFK is very grateful for the support of many contributors, and Canon. Canon has been a long supporter of the PFK photography program with their generosity of providing equipment. Without our partners, this program may not exist.

As PFK moves forward, the program will continue to grow and expand opportunities for youth and offer educational programs that foster creative vision, craftsmanship and expression in photography.


Youth from qualified families earning less than 50% of median income in the region are given an opportunity to attend the photo camps with their tuition fully covered. We also work with local and regional agencies to provide an opportunity for unserved and at-risk youth.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Boys and Girls Club of Central PA


Harrisburg City Schools

Science and Math Academy

United Way Services


Photography for Kids operates under JUMP STREET, a 501 (c) 3, private nonprofit connecting artists and the community.

Through a comprehensive blend of creativity, education, and new technology, Photography for Kids seeks to connect and inspire young people to explore, embrace, and experience the world through the enjoyment of photography