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KIDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Highlighting KITS

Our youth have served as:

  • Grips
  • Boom Mic Operators
  • 2nd ACs
  • Script Supervisors
  • PSA Director
  • Camera PAs (spotting/leading steadicam operators)
  • Hair assistants
  • Makeup assistants
  • Behind the scenes photographers 
  • Behind the scenes videographers

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) is committed to championing an inclusive and equitable culture by providing a creative platform for youth impacted by foster care to share their stories with the world through filmmaking. KITS’ intentional process ensures youth feel a sense of safety and support and are then ready and able to tell their story and bear witness to their own resilience, strength, and capacity to thrive in the face of challenge.


The heart of KITS is our Script-to-Screen (S2S) program, an immersive experience that connects youth with entertainment industry mentors. Aimed at filmmakers aged 12-24, this 10-15 week program allows participants to tell their stories authentically. From script creation and acting principles to casting and hands-on filmmaking, youth explore their creativity in a supportive environment.


Under the guidance of industry mentors, participants work together in writers’ rooms, working collaboratively to refine their scripts while gaining invaluable career insights. Acting classes provide new communication tools, and auditions, both for themselves and professional actors, empower them with decision-making skills. On production day, professional directors and crews of up to 40 volunteers per film, partner with the youth to bring cinematic visions to life, offering shadowing opportunities and mentorship.
The program culminates with the KITS Film Awards, an Oscar-style celebration that recognizes achievements and premieres the films on the silver screen.


KITS is a catalyst for change by bringing the stories of youth impacted by foster care and other underserved communities to life and to a broader audience. System-impacted youth find a creative platform to share their stories, develop industry skills, pursue higher education, and enter the filmmaking industry.


For youth aged 18-24, KITS serves as a foster care-to-career pipeline, offering internships and job opportunities to earn as they learn. KITS Youth Services provide crucial support for system navigation, ensuring access to housing, education, counseling, and more.


Since its inception, Kids In The Spotlight has produced over 95 short films. Some are award-winning short films screened at film festivals nationwide, including three consecutive years at the Washington West Film Festival, two successive years at the Micheaux Film Festival and Pan African Film Festival, and the 2016 South By South Lawn White House Film Festival, where our youth met President Obama.

We created the studio to have a consistent space our youth could depend on to support them even when other systems have failed them. We provide support, training, counseling and employment opportunities center around their growth in the entertainment field. We nurture their visions while guiding them through their development and choices.

Our youth are exposed to ever aspect of filmmaking in order to present them with all the different career choices they have to choose from. We encourage them to explore each part as an integral part of a whole, understanding that every job has equal importance to the success of a film.

We can’t do it all by ourselves. It takes a village. We are their village and we look for help in growing the village so that no alumni goes without.

Join us in making a difference one film, television production, casting session, table read, podcast, audition, and casting session at a time.  Our youth can do great things because they were created to do great things. Let’s help them do great things together! 

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