What we do:
New Lens works to create systemic change in the areas including youth employment, justice, education and health. We work with young people and art and media to help bring a youth perspective to issues that impact their lives. New Lens offers an innovative model of youth employment where young people are trained to teach and produce art and media. Our services are available to like-minded nonprofits that want a professional and affordable product. We have worked with a wide variety of organizations and topics.
Samples of Commissioned Work:
A promotional video for AIRS, a program which serves homeless youth:
A video about making good contraceptive health choices for the Health Department of Baltimore City:
A promotional video for Elev8 Baltimore:
Other partners include a local online news organization called the Baltimore Brew, the ACLU of Maryland, the Whitelock Community Farm, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, the Baltimore Algebra Project and many more.
Employment. Young people document innovative employment models that promote entrepreneurship and help audiences understand the state of youth employment and the need for a strategy to support youth. Watch our Videos.
Education. A group of young people uses video as a vehicle to explore issues around education for an audience of youth and those who have an interest in educational change. Watch our Videos.
Justice. New Lens young people work on crime prevention initiatives including working collaboratively with the police department to design video and trainings for police officers, which increase police sensitivity to young people. Watch our Videos.
Health. We work with the Health Department, Planned Parenthood of MD and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to create materials that promote healthy choices in teens and lower income populations. Watch our Videos.
Instruction. Young people offer workshops and classes to youth in schools and after school programs who want to learn art or media production or want a peer led workshop that deals with social issues such as healthy relationships, contraceptive health, homophobia, police youth relationships, race and diversity issues and more.