hip hop therapy

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 …

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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 …

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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.