New Vision Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II and Mott Haven Community High School have incorporated Hip-Hop therapy to help students cope and express themselves. The New York Times reported on the creative approach to counseling and giving students a voice. The students are able to write rap verses about their life experiences and then record the track.
The article states, “it encourages them to give voice to their day-to-day struggles in neighborhoods where poverty and crime are constants, and provides a foundation for school leaders to engage directly with them in a way that seems more enjoyable than intrusive.” School counselor, Mr. Levy also started a Hip-Hop Lyricism class where students can receive academic credit for their work. Also the students created a 19-track mixtape in response to the police brutality against minorities called Hoodies Up. Listen to the mixtape below.
Source:The New York Times