I have seen the need to invest more time in identifying the students’ individual needs, primarily building upon their current technological skill-sets, rather than focusing on the group as a whole, mainly due to varied interests and capabilities. One of the most common interests I have seen over the years is in photography.“Through the Lens”will give students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to: showcase innovation;express independence,as well as group creativity; develop entrepreneurial skills; and inspire personal confidence and purpose. This approach will create a plan for financial sustainability for the STLP program. In addition, students will have access to newer equipment that we can purchase with revenue generated from the project. This educational opportunity will provide an engaging hands -on experience outside the classroom to prepare students to succeed in the 21st century workforce.