We Are

A BroaderWay Foundation (ABW)…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.

Our Founders

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 lifelong friendships, learned how to live with others, build my self-esteem and be a leader. I sang, I danced, I played sports. 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 Camp BroaderWay, and its arts-related activities, the girls learn to empower themselves by 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 to fulfill their aspirations and become leaders in the community at large.

We are Committed to

  • Providing an opportunity for young urban girls, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to experience the camp experience.
  • Creating an environment where girls 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 experience of camp with skills our campers need to become leaders, and leave a positive imprint on their schools, communities, and the world at large.
  • Making a mutual four-year camp commitment with our campers in order to strengthen and nurture the experiences and insights acquired through the ABW program.
  • Providing year-round activities for all the girls, which will further the principles of “possibility” through “perseverance.”
  • Continuing our commitment to the girls after their camp experience by providing programs that will help the girls gain the skills needed to move forward with their goals.
  • 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.