The BroaderWay Story

We Are

A BroaderWay Foundation…created in 2010 by Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs…dedicated to offering girls from urban communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement.

When I was young…

I would wait all year in anticipation of those summer months when it was time to go away to "sleep away" camp. The experience was invaluable, as I formed life long friendships and learned how to live with others, build my self esteem and be a leader. I sang, I danced, I played sports, I wrote songs. At the time, I had no idea that in the years to come my career would reward me with so many special opportunities to connect with young people. For this I am most grateful.

As a youth…

I was small, insecure and didn't have a real community of friends outside of my family. All this changed when my mother encouraged me to enroll in a performing arts school. My life was transformed permanently. I was surrounded by students with similar interests and I finally had a peer group to call my own. I built up my courage to take risks and express myself. I am convinced that my being exposed to the arts at that age set the stage for the rest of my life.

We Believe

The ABW program is a way of looking at the world, a widening of individual horizons…Through the camp program, Camp BroaderWay, and its arts-related activities, the girls learn to empower themselves…training their voices to be heard—not just on the stage of a theater, but throughout the world—focusing their imaginations to visualize new pathways.

A BroaderWay will enable us all to benefit from the interactions, collaborations and creativity of the young people in our programs

We are Committed to

  • creating an environment where youngsters can take risks.
  • providing a free and non-judgmental setting for self expression and creativity.
  • encouraging friendships and bonds.
  • fostering compassion and empathy for others.
  • designing programs to synergize the experiences of camp with skills the girls need to become leaders and leave a positive imprint on their schools, communities, and the world at large.
  • making an ongoing four year camp commitment to the girls in order to strengthen and nurture the experiences and the insights acquired through the ABW programs.
  • providing year-round activities that will further the principles of "possibility" through "perserverence."
  • working with youth advocates, leading educational/theatrical institutions and corporations who believe that the arts can have a direct impact on children and broaden their view of their individual potential.