What makes New Lens different?

New Lens Urban Mentoring is the first culturally specific and cross-generational mentorship program with black males serving black boys.

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Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for black males by providing culturally-congruent, multi-generational mentoring to address mental, physical, and social development.


Our Vision

For Black Males to increase:

Access to high-quality mentoring
Enrollment in AP, AVID, and IB programs
Completion of postsecondary experience


Our Values

QUALITY — Commitment to excellence and the discipline to continually improve.

COLLABORATION — Working together to accomplish more than what's possible alone.

PURPOSEFULNESS — Deliberate action, focused on the organization's goals and priorities.


Our Impact

New Lens Urban Mentoring Society cross-generational mentorship program that black males serving black boys who attend the Saint Paul Public Schools. We provide black males in the 8-12th grade with access to culturally congruent mentors, who engage their mentees through individual and group activities. New lens provides our youth with access to some of the Twin Cities brightest minds. In addition to providing our youth with high quality mentors, we utilize a multi-generational approach to mentoring providing our mentors with elder role models, networking opportunities, and elder wisdom.

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