Engaging children in life and leadership skills via the 6 Key Elements of Hip-Hop Culture: Dance, DJ-ing, Fashion, Art, Media & Spoken Word and leadership skills through SMART Conversations® (SC).
SC life and leadership skills program is The 7th Element™. We have created a first of a kind program that provides youth in Boston’s underserved communities with opportunities to express themselves in uniquely creative and authentic ways, while developing a common language that empowers and fosters self-respect and trust. And, this learning is guided by a group of internationally known Hip Hop commercial artists.
The 7th Element™ Afterschool & Summer programs:
It is nothing short of inspiring to watch youth participants create their own song or rap and perform cool dance moves. Our kids and teens have also shot action photos and action video footage of their classmates. They are also serving as team leaders and peer facilitators. These youth are igniting both right and left brain passions, finding their creative styles while simultaneously building depth in leadership skills. Our talented team of Positive Hip Hop Artists delivers a variety of programs to reach underserved youth.
Our Youth Program focuses on equipping children and teens with leadership and life skills in preparation for good citizenship and meaningful lives. We provide our afterschool and summertime activities through our collaborative partners. Our evidence-based program correlates life success with emotional intelligence and self-awareness, which builds self-respect and leads to making better decisions. Our “whole person” approach connects body-mind-spirit and fosters personal growth and lifelong learning.
The combination of Hip-Hop and SMART Conversations can fundamentally change the individual and community dynamic for these youth.
The SMART in SC stands for:
Shared Meaning – are we talking about the same thing?
Authenticity – Are we being “real” with one another? With ourselves?
Respect – Can we extend respect to others and listen to their ideas and perspectives whether or not we agree? Do we respect ourselves? Our ideas and perspectives?
Trust – Can we extend trust to everyone in the conversation? Am I being trustworthy?