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The LENS Project

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.

The Program

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

The LENS Project Registration Form

If the LENS Project is being offered at your student’s school this semester and you would like to submit an electronic copy of the Form, please click the following link to email the Education Department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also register by calling our Box Office at 253-591-5894 Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Partner Schools:

Bethel District

Camas Prairie Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Evergreen Elementary, Fredrickson Elementary, Kapowsin Elementary, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Bethel Middle, Cedarcrest Middle, Frontier Middle, Liberty Middle, Spanaway Middle

Tacoma District

Jason Lee Middle, Truman Middle, Stadium High, Wilson High

Puyallup District

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:

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Pierce County Community Connections

Safeco

Bamford Family Foundation

Wells Fargo

Pierce County Arts Commission

Baker Foundation

Fuchs Foundation

SL Gimbel Foundation of the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernadino

Charlotte Martin Foundation

Franciscan Foundation

June & Julian Foss Foundation

Woodworth Family Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation