The LENS Project

The LENS Project: an afterschool program all about perspective!

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Formerly known as Broadway YEAR, The LENS Project is an opportunity to use performing arts to look at the world through someone else’s perspective and to also ask, “What’s my point of view?” The LENS Project gives youth the skills to grow and maintain their sense of self, make healthy life choices, and activate non-violent solutions to the conflict and strife they may face in their daily lives. LENS Project participants achieve this through practice, collaboration, and creative projects with peers. Each day is an opportunity to negotiate and work towards a group goal.

Foundational to each LENS classroom is a safe environment in which all students feel welcome, rely on each other, and develop a sense of belonging. In this vibrant setting, Teaching Artist Intervention Specialists guide students through outcomes-based curriculum to achieve success together in crucial developmental areas of Learning: Empathy, Negotiation, Sense of Self.

The LENS Project Registration Form

The LENS Project Emergency Contact 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 Registration and Emergency Contact 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.

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, Cougar Mountain Middle, Liberty Middle, Spanaway Middle

Tacoma District

Franklin Elementary, Sheridan Elementary, Stafford Elementary, McCarver Elementary, First Creek Middle, Jason Lee Middle, Truman Middle

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


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