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January 16, 2016

Rob Jackson – Hip Hop & Mental Health – Beats Rhymes & Life at Hip Hop Ed Awards

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Rob Jackson – Hip Hop & Mental Health – Beats Rhymes & Life at Hip Hop Ed & Research Center NYU – Extra-Credit Awards ver 20151111222043

What’s My Relationship to Music?

a Conversational Documentary
with musicians and others about their and our relationship to music

Rob Jackson – Hip Hop & Mental Health – Beats Rhymes & Life

at Hip Hop Education & Research Center NYU – Extra-Credit Awards

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Beats Rhythem and Life
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2015 CNN Hero, CNN
To some people, hip-hop lyrics are about misogyny, materialism, drugs and violence. But to [BRL], they’re about something more. They’re a way to help teens overcome hardship. –CNN

2012 Top 20 Innovator of 2012 in United States,
BRL is working to change the face of social work and mental health. –

2012 Sound Investments in Youth Honoree, Healing Thru the Musical Arts
Through Rap Therapy BRL is providing unique opportunities for healing for youth. -Digital Literary Arts

Rap Therapy is a culturally responsive, upstream approach to therapy for boys and young men of color.
-Gigi Crowder, Alameda County Ethnic Services Manger

Beats Rhymes and Life (BRL) is a community-based organization that grew in response to a critical need for therapeutic programs designed specifically to serve boys and young men of color who as a group demonstrate some of the greatest health and social disparities.

Our Story 2004 – 2009: The Beginning – excerpt
In 2004, while working as school social worker Tomás Alvarez III, pioneered an innovative ‘Hip Hop Therapy’ model that used the process of creating rap music to engage troubled teens in mental health services. With support from BRL Co-founder and Teaching Artist, Rob Jackson, Tomás sought to create a therapeutic program that was grounded in the lives and worldview of the young men with whom he was working.

Beats Rhythem and Life – Why We Exist excerpted
For youth living in many of America’s urban centers like Oakland, California, witnessing or being a victim of violence has almost become commonplace – so much so that in recent years young adults who’ve experienced repeated trauma are increasingly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at higher rates than soldiers returning from combat. And yet for the most part, systems of care remain ill equipped to meet their needs. excerpted from

Hip Hop Therapy from Oakland North on Vimeo.

Promoting mental health and positive social outcomes among urban youth through Hip Hop and other forms of popular urban culture.

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