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Kids In The Spotlight

52ANDCHANGE WILL MATCH ALL $1 - $10 DONATIONS (click bar above), UP TO $500!


We all know that "it takes a village," but often we don't think about overlooked youth who lack a consistent, stable village to help them through life. Kids in the Spotlight provides just such a village to help foster youth overcome traumatizing experiences such as poverty, abuse, neglect, and rejection. KITS provides a platform for them to heal and shine in a safe environment where filmmaking is used to teach teamwork, creativity, respect, commitment, and the discipline needed to improve their social capital.

Since 2009, Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) has created more than 80 films with more than 750 youth from foster care where they are given full agency to tell their stories by writing, casting, and starring in their own short films.

Each year culminates in our annual KITS Film Awards, celebrating their films and accomplishments in our version of the Academy Awards.

Your microgifts, joined with others, will help support this work and make a difference!


Using film as a vehicle, Kids In The Spotlight's Script-to-Screen program provides a safe space for foster youth to face their pain and find their power. Film is the vehicle, but the destination is a better life. 

KITS' flagship Script-to-Screen program gives 12- to 22-year-old foster and underserved youth agency and decision-making power over the stories they tell as they write, cast, and star in their own short films.

Our youth receive hands-on job training, preparing them for careers in the entertainment industry.
From learning screenwriting software, to collaborating on a script in a writers' room, to filming with industry-standard equipment on set, KITS provides exposure to the experiences that future employers require.

Our program year culminates with the KITS Film Awards, where our youth take center stage in the spotlight, receiving the Academy Award-worthy treatment they deserve.
From hair, makeup, and wardrobe to limousine rides arriving at a red-carpet experience, this film premiere with celebrity guests recognizes KITS Youth with awards for best actors, screenplays, and films. Screenwriting gives KITS youth a voice, acting gives them an emotional outlet, and the awards show gives them a platform where their experiences and stories are validated and celebrated.

Through KITS Script-to-Screen, foster youth are equipped with workforce skills, empowered to achieve their goals, and emboldened to become leaders in their communities


  • From the beginning, we've been moved by this project and the stories of the kids it helps. We love how it brings to such deserving children the creative and fulfilling jobs that are typically furthest from vulnerable children's reach. 
  • We share the Kids In The Spotlight vision of the power of stories, and we also know that people with connections and resources are by no means the only people with good stories to tell. The program elevates these kids' stories with both technical and creative support, working on multiple levels to improve kids' lives and society as a whole. 
  • It's an organization that matches its good stories with transparent and responsible finances, and we heartily endorse both! 
Learn more about how Kids In The Spotlight is making a difference and why your dollar matters

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