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Making Futures Brighter Through Education

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. The late Dr. Harkins believed that all children, regardless of race, gender, or class deserved to enjoy the best possible future. She devoted her life to helping others.


We’re a non-profit foundation that strives to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school. We believe the way to achieve this is by combining studying with inspirational out-of-school Media activities.



Defining the next generation of scholars should not only be by what they learn in the classroom but also through their experiences beyond text books and outside of traditional learning environments. We believe that the best way to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school is by combining studying with inspirational out-of-school activities.


Each year the Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding students in the communities of Dade County, Florida and Los Angeles County, California.


This program identifies gifted young people from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry and provides them with an intensive once-a-month training program.

Film Camps

Become fully immersed in a collaborative, supportive and creative artistic community.

Essay Contest

A great opportunity for your students to test their writing skills! Win the Grand Prize and receive a Nextbook 7″ Tablet with 8GB memory with Google Mobile Services!


This Five-Weeks (Once a week online) class for Pre-Teens/Teens is designed to introduce to them the fundamental operations, techniques, and composition of digital photography.

Film Screening

Our program was establish to have young filmmakers learn the basic elements of visual storytelling (i.e. what makes a film a film and not a book, painting, etc.) and put them into practice.

What Our Students Have to Say

Before working with the DBSH Foundation, I had a lot of worries about how to get started in the film industry and needed a creative support system. The Foundation has surrounded me with passionate actors and filmmakers who want more than anything to see young people succeed, and they provide us the tools to do so. I am so grateful for the DBSH Foundation for being a daily source of inspiration and support.
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Acting Student
By attending the Thoughts on a Page: Script Writing Workshop I learned the following about writing a script: I never thought of the character and how the character shows themselves as different things. It was useful to look at stories that way.
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Script Writing Workshop Participant
I love film camp! The thing that I really, really liked was the way you brought in actual speakers of popular and obscure films who spoke to us about their movie/movie role. This allowed me to learn from their experiences.
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Film Camp Participant



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Dr. Barbara Harkins

Our programs would not have been possible if it weren’t for our generous donors. A gift such as yours allows the Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation to continue their advocacy for educating youth beyond the classroom. Because of your generosity, our youth will receive hands-on education that will stretch their minds as far as possible.​