First Annual Clash of the Classes

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".

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New Lens Peace Rally at Central High School

Schools have been targeted for a lot of violence in the last recent months not only in Minnesota but nationwide. To bring awareness to this violence and to promote change and peace, B.A.M. the New Lens Branch of Central High School decided to organize a peace rally for the end of the school year. 

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Murray Jr High. Integrity Presentation

Due to their great work and integrity Murray Jr. High asked their New Lens branch, What does integrity me to them? Check out the pictures of the New Lens mentees presenting at the Murray Jr. High assembly.

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New Lens Mentor Meeting

Our mentors come from all walks of life and have very impressive backgrounds that can benefit our mentees in a multitude of ways. New Lens is extremely excited this year because our mentors will be taking a bigger role in our Saturday Activities this summer.

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Murray Jr High. Integrity

Murray Jr. High chapter of New Lens has been a strong group from the first day New Lens stepped foot on school grounds. These New Lens mentees' previous and current work that they have done for Murray Jr. High has made this group role models for not only other branches of New Lens at other schools but at Murray Jr. High as well.

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In-School Session with Twin Cities Academy

Twin Cities Academy has been a long partner with New Lens. The mentees have been responding to the Big Five extremely well and we can see the improvements not only in school but outside of school. New Lens has been extremely happy about the partnership with Twin Cities Academy and can't wait for more incredible things to come with our partnership. 

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New Lens Mentor Meeting

New Lens conducts mentor meetings where mentors are updated on upcoming events and activities. This also gives the mentors a time to be able to voice questions and concerns they might have.

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New Lens at Sanneh Foundation Gala 4 Goals

New Lens will like to give a huge thank you to the Sanneh Foundation for inviting us to their Gala 4 Goals. Sanneh Foundation is a great organization that serves a large amount of youth within the Twin Cities. 

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New Lens at the 'Black Panther' Party

New Lens is extremely fortunate to have an amazing staff that takes extra steps to make incredible experiences for our mentees. Glo Martin, New Lens' High School Program Coordinator, made that known by renting out a theater at Woodbury 10 Theater a day before the premiere of Black Panther with help with WEQY radio station that is home to New Lens Radio.

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New Lens at the Super Bowl Experience

New Lens is about giving our mentees experiences that they wouldn't normally have, but also New Lens understand that there is time to have fun. New Lens got an opportunity to take some mentees to the Super Bowl Experience for a night of fun. The mentees had a great time throwing footballs, running through obstacle courses, and meeting NFL players. New Lens staff and mentees can't wait for the next Super Bowl in Minnesota. 

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Happy Black History Month From New Lens

Happy Black History Month From New Lens

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In-School Sessions: Battle Creek Middle School

Today at Battle Creek Middle School the mentees talked about how people can perceive them in public and how they should react in a tough situation. New Lens is making a big impact in Battle Middle School and we can wait to see their goals that these young men accomplish this year. 

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In-School Sessions: Johnson High School

Johnson High School is one of the first schools to partner with New Lens. This means those mentees at Johnson High School have been exposed to our Big Five curriculum for the longest.

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New Lens at Melvin Carter Mayor Inaugural Ball

New Lens had a chance to go to Melvin Carter's St. Paul Mayor Inaugural Ball. This was a great moment in history and New Lens is extremely glad that it was able to share this moment with our mentees.

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Recap of New Lens' 2017

New Lens has completed another successful year of mentoring. 2017 was a great year and New Lens accomplished great things such as in-school missions to creating the Selby Sound Garden, but we have a lot more in store for the mentees in 2018. Click play below to watch the 2017 New Lens recap video.

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Mentor Highlight

Leavon D. Fields born and raised in St. Paul is currently an Intervention Specialist at Parkway Middle School in St. Paul Minnesota a middle school girls softball coach. He has a well-rounded 15 plus year background in education that includes seven years working in Special Education at Jackson Elementary and five years working in the Program for Social Development (P.S.D.) at Harding High School.

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In-School Sessions: Ramsey Middle School

We have started off to a great start with the in-school sessions. These in-school sessions are really important to the New Lens curriculum because the mentees are getting exposed to all the elements of the Big Five within these sessions

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