8 Benefits of Photography for Kids with Chronic Health Conditions

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Wondering what artistic medium your child might enjoy? Photography for kids is an enriching and creative art form that can help create last memories. CoachArt is a nonprofit organization that offers free lessons in arts and athletics for kids impacted by physical chronic illnesses. Photography has always been a very popular skill that our students want to learn. Not only is it fun for kids, but practicing and honing photography skills has some very unique benefits!

8 Benefits of Photography for Kids with Chronic Health Conditions:

  1. Self-confidence and self-esteem are boosted by learning a new skill
  2. Encourages creative thinking and problem-solving
  3. Promotes creativity and self-expression
  4. Helps manage stress
  5. Visual art activities promote fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination
  6. Boosts mood and increases happiness
  7. Reduces stress hormone and inflammation levels for better immune system function
  8. Aids in processing negative emotions and trauma

Getting Kids Started is Easy

The exciting thing about today’s technology is that parents don’t need to invest a lot of money in getting started with photography for kids. Most smartphones and tablets already have what you need to begin learning and practicing photography skills. Apps like KidCam can help kids learn photography basics and make it easy for parents to moderate usage and storage.

CoachArt Photography Club in Los Angeles (Video)


Recently, CoachArt students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of photography with step-by-step instruction from photography professionals! Each week, students had the opportunity to learn different photography techniques and how to handle a professional camera while adventuring through our historic office building! Watch the brief video to see what CoachArt kids created!


CoachArt Photography Club in San Francisco Bay Area (Video)

CoachArt Photography Club students in the San Francisco Bay Area helped us capture lasting memories at our 2019 Children’s Benefit! Check out these special moments they captured using skills they learned in Photo Club!

CoachArt connects kids impacted by chronic illness with a volunteer coach to be mentored in an arts or athletics activity. In addition, CoachArt offers group clubs and activities, like Photography Club, for our students. We currently serve families in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay areas. 

  • All materials for the lessons are provided by CoachArt and there is never a cost to the family or the volunteer.
  • CoachArt children have chronic, physical illnesses and conditions that require ongoing treatment, such as – arthritis, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, kidney failure, Spina Bifida, craniofacial anomalies and various orthopedic disabilities, among other conditions.
  • Siblings that meet our age criteria of 5-18 years also qualify to participate in CoachArt programs.



Step 1: Fill Out a Student Eligibility Form – This process will take about 30 minutes to complete. Each student must complete an online or hard copy application before participating in the program. Children with a chronic illness must also have their doctor sign a consent form.

Step 2: Complete a Welcome Call with your Regional Program Manager – Your welcome call will answer any questions that you may have about CoachArt and participating in CoachArt In Home Lessons and Group Activities.

Step 3: Ready to Participate – Your child is now ready to be matched to a volunteer coach and participate in group activities. When we find your child the perfect coach, you’ll receive a match request via text message. Your child’s CoachArt coach will work with you to figure out a schedule that works for everyone.

CoachArt provides lessons for most artistic and atheltics skills. Some of our most popular lessons include but are not limited to: cooking, baking, piano, guitar, singing, arts and crafts, painting, soccer, baseball, basketball, coding, tennis, yoga, and volleyball. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, and you live in one of our service areas – Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, or San Diego – we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form for your child.



How have arts and athletics benefitted you or your child? We’d love to hear from you. Please share your experience with us in the comments.



Give a "virtual high five" on National High Five Day (Thursday, April 19th), and $5 will be donated to CoachArt!Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.


Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.

Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness. Visit coachart.org/get-involved.

By choosing to donate to CoachArt, you are taking an active role in improving the quality of life for children with chronic illness. Your gift today is guaranteed to bring joy to a child’s life.

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