The LENS Project: an afterschool program all about perspective
The LENS Project: Learn Empathy Negotiation & Self
A youth violence prevention program designed to empower students and build community. The program uses creative projects and art-based activities to teach positive social skills and foster the development of empathy for others.
Students participate in 10 weeks of after school sessions, with curriculum tracks for upper elementary, middle and high school. The program culminates with a family Skill Share event led by the students in which they become the teachers and teach their families and friends the skills they have learned.
In the words of our students and teachers:
“Knowing that I help others makes me think of me as a beautiful person inside and out.” – 7th grade LENS student
“Students of any ability can find a place to grow and thrive in LENS. The program is designed to be specific about our goals for social-emotional learning, yet flexible enough to meet the needs of a variety of learners.” - LENS Teaching Specialist
Camas Prairie Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Evergreen Elementary, Fredrickson Elementary, Kapowsin Elementary, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Bethel Middle, Cedarcrest Middle, Cougar Mountain Middle, Liberty Middle, Spanaway Middle
Franklin Elementary, Sheridan Elementary, Stafford Elementary, McCarver Elementary, First Creek Middle, Jason Lee Middle, Truman Middle
Waller Road Elementary, Ferrucci Junior High
The LENS Project currently serves over 300 youth and 1,000 family members annually. The program has received support from: