The LENS Project: Learn Empathy Negotiation & Self
A violence prevention program designed to empower students, families and service members and build community. The program uses creative projects and art-based activities to teach positive social skills and foster the development of empathy for others.
Students dive deeply into the LENS curriculum for 10 weeks of after school sessions, which culminate with a family Skill Share event led by the students where they teach and demonstrate the skills they have learned.
“LENS is amazing, and everyone should try to see if they could do it - to learn how to be kind, and see what other people see, and share their emotions.” – Kapowsin Elementary Student
Family Art Series
Evening events for families that use theatre and visual arts activities to engage the family in a creative way to reflect on their behavior, emotion management and ways to overcome challenges as a family team.
“[Our family worked] together using WORDS, not fists or screaming, to communicate” – JBLM Family
A program in partnership with the JBLM and the Warrior Transition Battalion that leads service members through arts activities to identify, name and begin to shape personal stories, preoccupations and aspirations, culminating in a presentation of their stories with the support of a group of actors.
“[My highlight was] Learning to be comfortable sharing with others and seeing commonalities.” – JBLM Soldier
LENS Project Locations
- Bethel School District
- Tacoma School District
- Franklin Pierce School District
- Clover Park School District
- Warrior Transition Battalion, JBLM
The LENS Project serves over 475 youth and 3,500 family members annually.
The LENS Project has received support from: