The Elevate the Streets Initiative (2019)

Elevate the Streets is a project that aims to bring subcultures closer to youths-at-risk (YARs) through workshops and events. The team hopes to build close partnerships with YAR organizations to develop and execute workshop programmes that are in line with…

The Elevate the Streets Initiative (2019)

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Elevate the Streets is a project that aims to bring subcultures closer to youths-at-risk (YARs) through workshops and events. The team hopes to build close partnerships with YAR organizations to develop and execute workshop programmes that are in line with their overall operations and objectives.

This partnership with Bethesda Care Services used hip-hop activities – namely graffiti and b-boying – to engage at-risk youths in a series of workshops. The team comprises highly experienced and qualified b-boys and b-girls, who have experience not just as practitioners, but also as instructors for various audiences, including YAR groups.

The team of instructors collaborated with the social workers from Bethesda Care Services on developing a curriculum that integrated dance instruction with social work principles and techniques. Through the carefully structured classes, the process of imparting dance skills serviced larger, value-driven objectives, such as developing a positive sense of self, encouraging self-discipline, and providing a safe space for self-expression.

After successfully introducing the youths to the ‘street knowledge’ of subcultures through workshops, the upcoming Elevate the Streets Jam on September 14th would provide an opportunity for youths who are interested in going further in b-boying to be introduced to an entire community of youths with the same interest. To further ensure that the doors are open for community reintegration, the team has partnered with Recognize! Studios, who have kindly agreed to sponsor dance scholarships for any youths that are keen.

For more information of the movement, visit our page https://elevatethestreets.wixsite.com/home or our instagram @elevatethestreets.

To RSVP for our event, visit tinyurl.com/elevatethestreets2019

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