New Lens On KFAI

New Lens’ CEO, Gayle Smaller, was interviewed last week on KFAI about New Lens’ recent open house and the expansion of New Lens to North Minneapolis.

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Ramsey Middle School In-School Session

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.

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New Lens Open House

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.

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New Lens Spring Break Experience

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.

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Washington Technology Magnet School

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.

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Como Park High School In-School Session

New Lens is a part of a exclusive group of community partners that are able to go into schools and directly impact students. New Lens takes these in-school experiences very seriously when it comes to their mentees and makes sure that each mentee receives the necessary attention that exposes them to the Big Five.

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United Way Leaders United

New Lens is fortunate to be a part of this years’ Leader United cohort provided by Greater Twin Cities United Way. By being apart of this program New Lens will be able to excel to new heights and be able to continue giving each of their mentees innovative experiences that will increase their exposure to the Big Five.

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The Big Five: Adaptability

Based on the Big Five that was created by New Lens, Adaptability, is one of the most important aspects of the Big Five. Adaptability, is the translation and articulation of self across environmental and social cultures from place of cultural rootedness.

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In-School Session with Harding High School

Harding High School 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 Harding High School and can't wait for more incredible things to come with our partnership.

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New Lens Interview with FSG Reimagining Social Change

New Lens mentees was fortunate to sit down and talk with FSG about the impact that programs such as New Lens has on their lives and how programs like New Lens can improve to make a better impact on their communities. FSG is an organization that focuses on helping businesses and foundations understand how they can create effective social impact in their surrounding communities.

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The Big Five: Intentional Community Building

As you all may know, New Lens is focused on the non-cognitive development and social emotional learning of our young Black males. From an extensive evaluation done on our organization it has resulted in the fruition of the “Big Five.” This “Big Five” consists of 5 non-cognitive factors that are foundational to the whole organizational framework and influential to our programmatic activities.

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The Big Five: Self-Cultivation

As you all may know, New Lens is focused on the non-cognitive development and social emotional learning of our young Black males. From an extensive evaluation done on our organization it has resulted in the fruition of the “Big Five”

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New Lens' Fencing with Minnesota Sword Club

New Lens’ mentees enjoy that they have access to more activities outside of New Lens’ weekly Saturday Activities by engaging in New Lens’ after school program. For this semester’s after school program activity the New Lens’ mentees will be participating in fencing thanks to New Lens’ partnership with Minnesota Sword Club.

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New Lens Launching After School Program

New Lens is launching their after school program for their mentees from Monday-Thursday. New Lens hopes that the implementation of the after school program will give the mentees another chance to be more exposed to the Big Five.

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George Washington Carver Enterprise

The George Washington Carver Enterprise is back again for another summer thanks to our partnership with Right Track St. Paul. This year’s combination of summer jobs that New Lens Urban Mentoring Society will be offering the mentees will be the Selby Sound Garden project. The mentees will continue to work on the Selby Sound Garden that they broke ground on last year. The second job, thanks to our partnership with WEQY 104.7 FM, the mentees will help run WEQY 104.7 FM and then put on their own show every Friday from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

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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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