First Exposures

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


428 Third StreetSan Francisco, CA 94107 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

First Exposures is a San Francisco-based, nationally recognized youth mentoring program that strives to make a major long-term difference in the lives of high-need, underserved San Francisco Bay Area youth by providing a venue for them to enhance their self-confidence, develop their creativity, and gain a passion for learning. Cited as a model program by the State of California, First Exposures serves youth 11-18, who are referred to the program by a wide range of youth and social services organizations with which First Exposures partners.

Since the program's founding in 1993, over 95 percent of our students have gone on to pursue a college education.


Mentors need to be at least 21 years old and have a background and passion for photography. Mentors work 1:1 with youth in a classroom setting learning photography. We offer both digital and darkroom classes.


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