Hip-Hop 2 Prevent (H2P) Virtual Conference
Check out our 2021 conference! The conference introduced an evidence-based, new school agenda focusing on health education for youth. Participants shared how the use of Hip-Hop culture can be used to successfully motivate youth to choose healthy and drug-free lifestyles. This is our F4C Environmental Strategy and Hip-Hop Development (#HHD) is our Theory 4 Change. Check out our #HHD music video!
Panels: Day 1
This session increased the Hip-Hop cultural competence of all in attendance. The question “What is Hip-Hop?” was 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 were addressed along with why we are having this conversation for youth substance use prevention.
This session presented 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 were addressed.
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.
Hip Hop: The 411 (Evolution, Trends, & Digital Communications 4 Health)
Substance Use in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County - The Data, Dangers, Risks, & Roots
Young Voices - Shout Out
Panels: Day 2
The Role of Hip-Hop in Promoting Health Education
Connecting Law Enforcement - Preventing Marijuana, Methamphetamines and Over The
Counter/Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth
This session highlighted 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 was discussed.
This session revealed 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 were provided. Proper disposal of prescription drugs and the drug-take back national program were discussed.
This session highlighted Harrisonburg/Rockingham County community voices. The focus was on lessons learned and AHA moments when working to successful engage youth. Challenges and successes were also discussed – many of which are relative to communities nationwide.
Bringing it Home: Why is a F4C Drug-Free Communities Coalition Important?
This session discussed the role of the DFC in communities to combat substance use. The various sectors were introduced and ways that the collaboration of resources and coalition building can best facilitate the overall mission were examined.
Key Note Speakers
Young Elder (Day One)
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 (Day Two)
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 KINETIX BREAKDANCE CREW
(Check out Day One Video!)
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."
(Check out Day Two Video!)
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.