MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

On May 13th, BRL Founder Tomas Alvarez III and BRL Academy Member, Shawn McGowan traveled to the California’s State Capitol to advocate for the needs of Transition Age Youth (TAY) at the ‘Mental Health Matters‘ statewide rally. Tomas and Shawn shared how BRL is using Hip Hop Therapy to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and receiving mental health services. Other speakers …

BRL SPRING 2014 PROGRAM UPDATE

BRL is pleased to announce that our Spring Hip Hop Therapy programs have kicked off! We are excited to be partnering with organizations and schools in the Bay Area that we have collaborated with before in the past, as well as, some new ones! Our partners this Spring include Seneca Family of Agencies, Oakland High School Wellness Center, American Indian …

WINTER SHOWCASE HUGE SUCCESS

If you missed our Winter Showcase last week, you missed one of our most memorable showcases yet! “All Eyes On We” highlighted the creative works of youth from our programs at Oakland High School, the American Indian Child Resource Center, Lazear Charter Academy, and Seneca Family of Agencies. Many factors contributed to the success of the showcase, including the amazing …

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A VOICE TO HEAL THEMSELVES

Greetings, Over nine years ago, a social worker and teaching artist came together to create an alternative therapeutic outlet for young men of color turned off by traditional mental health services. Fast forward to present day and Beats, Rhymes and Life has blossomed into an innovative community-based organization that is changing the field of adolescent mental health through Hip Hop Therapy. Our success has …

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.