This event was for New Lens young designers and future entrepreneurs. This year the mentees at each branch of New Lens got a chance to design their own shirts or sweatshirts and sale them at the showcase. Through out this project the mentees got a chance to learn how to design clothes and develop skills to help them be a successful entrepreneur.
Johnson High School has a long history of basketball excellence. By the New Lens branch of Johnson High School seeing the impact that basketball has on their overall school population. These mentees decided to come up with "Clash of the Classes". This is the second year of their basketball tournament that takes the best basketball players of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade and face each other head to head to see which class is the best in the school.
After 26 years of hard work, St. Paul Central Senior High School’s Principal Mackbee is retiring. The New Lens branch of St. Paul Central Senior High School decided to put together a ceremony involving students, and staff in showing their appreciation for the 26 years of awesome leadership, commitment, and integrity from the one and only Principal Mackbee.
Ramsey Middle School has one of the longest running branches with New Lens. They have produced some of the highest performing New Lens mentees that have gone to do great things with in our community. Today mentees were discussing the final details of their in-school mission event. Stay in tune for pictures and videos from the Ramsey Middle School in-school mission event later this year.
Smaller Concepts hosted a open house for New Lens for their Minneapolis expansion. Minneapolis has observed New Lens’ passion for making meaningful strides towards building strong communities and black males with in St. Paul.
Due to the New Lens’ partnership with Outward Bound Voyageur School the mentees are able to participate in the New Lens’ Spring Break Experience. This three day experience is set to build the mentees skills in leadership, teamwork, and responsibility while teaching them necessary wildlife techniques. Also, this experience is to prep the mentees for New Lens’ Annual Canoeing and Hiking Experiences.
Since the conception of New Lens we have had a strong hold on the schools on the eastside of St. Paul and Washington Technology Magnet School is one of them. In this in-school session our program coordinators discussed with the mentees about perception and how you are perceived in the world can effect your life and the opportunities you have in the future.