BRL GOES TO CANADA

In November, BRL’s Executive Director, Tomas Alvarez III traveled to Edmonton, Canada to participate in the first annual Hip Hop Kulture Symposium hosted by MacEwan University. The symposium brought together Hip Hop community members, advocates, educators, scholars and policy makers to explore a vision for how Hip Hop can be used strategically and purposefully to promote health equity and community development.

FALL RAP THERAPY PROGRAMS BEGIN

We are excited that our Rap Therapy program is back at Oakland High this semester after a hiatus and it will continue within the Seneca Family of Agencies.

HIP HOP THERAPY ON KQED

If you haven’t had the chance to see A Lovely Day at either Oakland, Nashville or NYC screenings–now is your chance! ALD will be airing on KQED on Sunday, October 13th at 6pm as part of their Truly CA series!

‘A LOVELY DAY’ AT URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL

Many amazing things are happening for A Lovely Day (ALD), the documentary chronicling the stories of youth in our Rap Therapy program! Last May, ALD premiered at the Nashville Film Festival, winning the Best Hispanic Interest Film Award and this month, it premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City sponsored by HBO and BET networks. Our Academy …

Hundreds Turn Out for BRL’s Spring Showcase

BRL is extremely pleased to announce that our Spring 2013 Youth Showcase – Fresh State of Mind was a huge success! Four hundred youth, families, and community packed the Brava Theater on June 6th in support of youth in our seven Rap Therapy programs. The showcase included music, songs, and video produced by youth from Barack Obama Academy, Community Day …

LA County Transitional Age Youth Conference

On May 29th about 350 attendees participated in the second Transition Age Youth (TAY) Conference – Promoting Hope, Wellness and Self-sufficiency: One Success at a Time at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The conference’s key audiences were TAY (between the ages of 16-25 years old) and the agencies and organizations that serve them. BRL Founder and Executive Director, Tomas …