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MAY 13TH & 14TH
10 AM-12 PM EST
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The conference introduces an evidence-based, new school agenda focusing on health education for youth. Come to share and learn about how the use of Hip-Hop culture can be used to successfully motivate youth to choose healthy and drug-free lifestyles.
HH2P PROMO VIDEO
Come to this conference that you'll not just learn from,
but will learn to use what you've learned.
DAY ONE MAY 13, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM : CONFERENCE OPENING
DAY ONE MAY 13, 2021
Welcome – Mayor Deanna Reed, Harrisonburg, VA
Jennifer Wilson, F4C Coalition Chair & Business Associate
Our Community Coalition – Dominique Dean, F4C Program Coordinator
What’s Happening? – Pastor Costella Forney, F4C Community Connector, John Wesley Methodist Church
The Charge – Rev. Richard Henderson, Project Director, DFC Baltimore
Why Hip-Hop 2 Prevent? – P. Thandi Hicks Harper, PhD, F4C Project Director/ YPCI President & Chrissy Donald, James Madison University Student & YPCI Intern
FACES 4 CHANGE VIDEO FEATURE
10:15 AM - 10:37 AM : PANEL ONE
Hip-Hop: The 411 (Evolution, Trends
& Digital Communications 4 Health)
This session will increase the Hip-Hop cultural competence of all in attendance. The question “What is Hip-Hop?” will be discussed, along with the popular culture’s beginnings that are relevant to today’s realities. The trends and digital communications most vastly used by youth will be addressed along with why we are having this conversation for youth substance use prevention.
Timothy D. Jones, Founder, Techniques4Learning/#HipHopEd, Silver Spring, MD
Martha Diaz, HipHop Education Center @Universal Hip-Hop Museum/HipHopCommuniversity (HHCU)/#hiphopeducation, New York, NY
John Robinson, Co-author of Youth Culture Power, founding member of CodeSCTY, Hip Hop Artists and Visionary for over 2 decades.
10:37-10:48 AM YOUTH KEYNOTE ADDRESS
10:48-10:50 AM MUSICAL INTERLUDE
“If Hip-Hop is Used 2 Market Products,
Then Surely We Can Use Hip-Hop 2 Market Prevention.”
10:50-11:10 AM: PANEL TWO
Substance Use in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County
– The Data, Dangers, Risks & Roots
This session will present local data specific to the use of illicit drug use by youth (e.g., marijuana, methamphetamines, alcohol and prescription/over the counter drugs). The dangers, risks and roots will be addressed.
Brandy Haden, Behavioral Health Wellness & Learning Coordinator, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Community Services Board, Harrisonburg, VA
Debi Kipps-Vaughn, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Professor, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA
11:10-11:30 AM: PANEL THREE
Young Voices – Shout Out
In this session, we will hear from young people. Their voices pertaining to substance use, Hip-Hop and how to best reach young people will be explored.
Jaela Morris “Young Elder,” Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
Endre Szakal, President, Kinetix Breakdance Crew, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA
Akiel Baker, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, VA
11:30-11:35 AM: JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY REP’S HIP-HOP
11:35-11:45 AM: THOUGHTS IN A REMIX ONE
Forward Thinking - Destiny Brown, Leilani's Lens Baltimore, MD
11:45-12:00 PM: DAY ONE RECAP, DAY 2 OVERVIEW, EVALUATION
DAY TWO MAY 14, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM : CONFERENCE OPENING, WELCOME BACK, DAY 1 RECAP
DAY TWO MAY 14, 2021
HIP-HOP: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 4 EFFECTIVE PREVENTION 4 YOUTH VIDEO FEATURE
10:05-10:25 AM PANEL ONE
The Role of Hip-Hop in Promoting Health Education
This session will highlight agencies using Hip-Hop as a tool to prevent substance use among youth. Their use of Hip-Hop's core components within evidence-based strategies, along with adaptations to ensure relatability, to their youth will be discussed.
Caren Kirkand, Director of Consumer Care, Dept of Behavioral Health & Community Support Agencies, District of Columbia
Jennifer Van Ross & Alanis Olivarez, Substance Abuse Counselors, Bee Busy Inc., Houston, TX
Mike Graham Squire, Community Health Manager, Neighborhood House, Seattle, WA
10:25-10:45 PANEL TWO
Connecting Law Enforcement – Preventing Marijuana, Methamphetamines and Over The
Counter/Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth
This session will reveal youth related stories that law enforcement and the juvenile courts have encountered, including new marijuana law potential risks. Solutions to assist in alleviating the challenges and available resources will be provided. Proper disposal of prescription drugs and the drug-take back national program will be discussed.
Judge Anthony W. Bailey, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge, District Court 26th Judicial District of Virginia
Lieutenant Chris Monahan, Harrisonburg Police Department, Harrisonburg, VA
Ben Stevenson, Prevention & Harm Reduction Manager, Montgomery County, MD
10:45-10:47 AM MUSICAL INTERLUDE
10:47-11:02 ADULT KEYNOTE ADDRESS
11:02-11:22 PANEL THREE
This session will highlight Harrisonburg/Rockingham County community voices. The focus will be on lessons learned and AHA moments when working to successful engage youth. Challenges and successes will also be discussed – many of which are relative to communities nationwide.
Emani Morse, Director of Middle School Programs & Data, On the Road Collaborative & F4C Sector Member, Harrisonburg, VA
Onesimo Baltazar Corona, Project Coordinator, Futuro Latino DFC & F4C Collaborator, Harrisonburg, VA
Stephanie Howard, Supervisor, Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center/Parks & Rec & F4C Community Collaborator, Harrisonburg, VA
Dr. Chris Johnson, Lead Pastor, Divine Unity Community Church, Harrisonburg, VA
11:22-11:25 HIP-HOP SPOKEN WORD
Student, The New School, NY
& F4C Community Collaborator
11:25-11:45 PANEL FOUR
Bringing it Home: Why is a F4C Drug-Free Communities Coalition Important?
This session will discuss the role of the DFC in communities to combat substance use. The various sectors will be introduced and ways that the collaboration of resources and coalition building can best facilitate the overall mission will be examined.
Sandra Quigg, Director, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisonburg/
Rockingham County & F4C Sector Member, Harrisonburg, VA
Dany Fleming, Parent/Community Activist & F4C Sector Member, Harrisonburg, VA
Frank Sottaceti, Criminal Justice Planner, Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County, VA
11:45-11:55 AM THOUGHTS IN A REMIX TWO
Forward Thinking - Dominique Dean & Costella Forney, F4C Project Coordinator & Community Connector, Harrisonburg, VA
11:55 AM-NOON CLOSING REMARKS,
GIVING THANKS, EVALUATION
Staying Connected - P. Thandi Hicks Harper, Ph.D., F4C Project Director/ YPCI President & Chrissy Donald, JMU Student & YPCI-F4C Intern
KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIOS
Young Elder is a 19-year-old recording artist and Healing Youth Alliance ambassador. She is also a member of The Trauma-Informed Care Taskforce, co-founder of her business Quarantine Delights, a Heartsmiles youth leader, and a current Freshman at Coppin State University. Young Elder was born and raised in Baltimore, and is passionate about advocating for better mental health for young people across Baltimore and nationwide.
IAN LEVY, EdD
Dr. Ian Levy is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Manhattan College, New York City native, former High School counselor. His research explores preparing school counselors to use hip-hop based interventions to support youth development. Most notably, Dr. Levy piloted the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Hip-Hop based counseling framework, which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and published in a variety of reputable academic journals. Ian is also the author of the research monograph, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy in School Counseling: Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches, published with Routledge.
JMU's Kinetix Breakdance Crew's purpose is to bring together those who appreciate and want to learn breakdancing as a form of expression and keep this culture alive throughout JMU. The Kinetix Breakdance crew are open to all levels of experience, as long as members have a passion for breakdance and Hip-Hop culture. The crew also makes sure to provide a very supportive social community in order to provide a safe space when learning and practicing breakdancing. The Kinetix motto is: "Define your Motion."
JMU KINETIX BREAKDANCE CREW
Bri is from Spanish Harlem and has loved poetry since the third grade. She currently lives in Shenandoah, VA and was a Spotswood High School graduate.
Bri is now a drama student at The New School in New York, and in her free time she enjoys naps, reading, and hanging out with friends.
ABOUT FACES 4 CHANGE
FACES 4 CHANGE HARRISONBURG - A DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES COALITION
The Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc. (YPCI) was awarded a US Department of Health and Human Services,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Coalition grant for Harrisonburg, VA. YPCI is a 501c3 organization with a long-standing history of working in Harrisonburg communities, and Faces 4 Change (F4C) is the name given to the coalition in 2009. The F4C goal is to mobilize and continue the energy and
engagement to secure resources for collaborations that will contribute to reducing and preventing youth substance use. P. Thandi Hicks Harper, PhD will be spearheading this effort, with Coalition Sector Members and Community Collaborators, to be of service to children, youth and families in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
The DFC Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) accepted applications for DFC Support Program grants.
The purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.
By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals:
1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (individuals 18 years of age and younger).
2) Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
A coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.
F4C 12 COMMUNITY SECTORS:
• Youth (18 or younger)
• Youth-serving organization
• Law enforcement
• Religious/Fraternal organization
• Civic/Volunteer group
• Healthcare professional
• State, local, or tribal governmental agency substance abuse expertise
• Other organization involved in reducing substance abuse
WHAT IS THE YOUTH POPULAR CULTURE INSTITUTE (YPCI)?
YPCI is a 501c3 non-profit research, communications and production company comprised of certified educators, researchers, technologists, public health and youth development experts, parents, producers, activists and students who are committed to the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social welfare of youth, families and communities that are most marginalized.
Established in 1985 as Thandi’s Place Productions and incorporated as YPCI in 1999, we conduct and collect research worldwide on topics related to youth popular culture (particularly Hip-Hop), health and education. YPCI conducts professional development trainings on social emotional learning (SEL) strategies, positive youth engagement and development, health prevention and youth culture; and continues to transform its research
into applied technologies, special events, programs and marketable user-friendly products for audiences that work to successfully engage young people. Hip-Hop 2 Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (H2P) is the company’s signature Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) online/offline evidence-based curriculum - currently being implemented throughout the country (www.hiphop2prevent.com ).
Founded by P. Thandi Hicks Harper, PhD, YPCI focuses on providing the research, resources, technical assistance and products required to improve the health and education status of America’s most disadvantaged youth, and to inform the nation of the gifts youth bring with them to engagement spaces. YPCI also works to increase the youth popular culture competence of stakeholders, including innovative ways to incorporate this awareness and knowledge for motivating young people to be intrinsically driven to succeed academically and to make smart behavioral choices.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
A better understanding of youth popular culture and its power to advance the education and health outcomes of young people that are most marginalized.
Doing a better job with youth popular culture in education and health by transforming basic research and evidence-based practices (adaptive, cultural, scientific and intuitive) into applied technologies, policies, special events, programs, curriculums, and marketable products that WORK for children, youth, families, communities, professionals and other stakeholders who interact with and in the best interests of young people.
MEET THE F4C COALITION
Jennifer Wilson – Coalition Chair/Business Official
P. Thandi Hicks Harper, Ph.D. – Project Director/ Principal Investigator, Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc. (YPCI) President
Dominique Dean – Project Coordinator
Pastor Costella Forney – Community Connector
Chrissy Donald – YPCI/F4C James Madison University Intern
Gabriel Camacho, Law Enforcement Representative
Katrina Didot, Business Representative
Chrissy Donald, School Representative
Dany Fleming, Parent Representative
Costella P. Forney, Religious/Fraternal Organization Representative
Brandy Haden, State/Local/Tribal Government Representative
Thandika Starr Harper-Hicks, Healthcare Professional
Luisa Mendez, Youth Representative
Emani Morse, Other Organization Involved in Reducing
Substance Abuse Representative
Elizabeth Nathanson, Civic/Volunteer Organization Representative
Sandra Quigg, Youth Serving Organization Representative
Larry M. Rogers, Healthcare Professional
John Salem, Media Representative
Malcom Thomas, School Representative
Onesimo Baltazar Corona
We invite all Harrisonburg & Rockingham County workers and residents to become Faces 4 Change Drug-Free Community Coalition Sector Members and/or Collaborators. Your input is important as we work together to combat substance use among youth in our communities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
James Madison University (JMU) Student &
Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc (YPCI) - F4C Intern
P. Thandi Hicks Harper, PhD
F4C Project Director/YPCI President