When Kids In The Spotlight founder and executive director, Tige Charity, first visited an all-girl's group home in 2007 she had no idea the seed that had been planted in her heart.
In May 2009, with no prior experience and only the help of family and friends, Charity created Kids In The Spotlight, Inc. (KITS), a unique and highly specialized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a platform for foster care youth to tell their stories. KITS trains these underserved youth to write, cast, and star in their own short films, from which springs a pathway for healing, growth, and viable employment opportunities.
KITS partners with entertainment industry professionals to provide 15-week filmmaking programs on-site at foster residential facilities, and partnering agencies, throughout Southern California all year round.
Over 75 films have been produced since its inception and have been screened at film festivals around the country including three consecutive years at the Washington West Film Festival as well as the 2016 South By South Lawn White House Film Festival, where our youth met President Obama.
Each filmmaking season concludes with the KITS Awards (formerly known as "Movies By Kids, For Kids Screening and Awards"). The highly anticipated celebration of achievement has taken place at a variety of venues including Fox Studios, The Writers Guild Theater, Sony Pictures, Raleigh Studios, and on the historic Paramount Pictures lot.
"We are teaching kids that they can re-write the end of their story."
To help foster youth heal and grow
from trauma through the power
of storytelling and filmmaking.
To inspire youth in the foster care system to pursue careers in the film industry through partnerships with successful Hollywood talent.
We teach our youth how to write, cast, and star in their own short films.
To provide a platform for our youth to be seen, heard, validated and celebrated. To also provide a safe environment for our youth and the opportunity to use filmmaking, teamwork, creativity, and discipline to express themselves in a positive way.
To help foster youth confront, address, and overcome the negative statistics of traumatizing experiences such as poverty, abuse, neglect
and rejection by providing a platform for them
to heal and shine through the power of storytelling and filmmaking.