This session is a must for those working to successfully engage vulnerable youth towards holistic (mind, body, soul, and spirit) triumphs at school, home, and in social environments for the rest of their lives. This period in American history marks a time when our most vulnerable youth have no choice but to practice managing their emotions if they are to successfully navigate life. The country’s climate is replete with realities wherein youth will continue to question their self-worth, relationships with others, and the ability to overcome obstacles that they (and very possibly their families) face daily to survive.
This multimedia, interactive online virtual SEL session is delivered in a Hip-Hop, fun, and engaging style. The session uses an SEL culture format and will provide opportunities for participants to share stories, all while heightening their understanding of Hip-Hop culture. Participants will learn how Hip-Hop’s “formal features” can aid in developing students’ self-esteem and self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and mental and behavioral skills to positively self-regulate thoughts and feelings. Guided by the Hip-Hop Development theory, the cultural competence of participants will increase as well as their understanding of the role that Hip-Hop culture’s art/elements (MCing [rapping], DJing, Graffiti, B-Dancing, Fashion and/or Knowledge of Self) can be integrated into SEL. The workshop will also address the “drug and violence prevention, counseling, and character education” 21st CCLC Student Achievement Area. Participants will learn “freestyle tips” and participate in evidence-based program activities found to be “edutaining,” and yield outcomes showing the development of emotional intelligence among adolescents.