"The BluePrintForLife Projects"
de Stephen Leafloor aka Buddha - with photographs also contributed by friends !
BluePrintForLife ( http://BluePrintForlife.ca) ) offers dynamic, culturally appropriate programs designed for First Nations and Inuit youth that are founded on HipHop, rooted in traditional culture, and centered around community needs.
The “Social Work through Hiphop” program consists of an intensive 5 day workshop that often becomes the school curriculum for the entire week in remote Arctic communities. HipHop is used as a powerful engagement tool to deal with complex issues such as family violence, sexual abuse, anger management, drugs and alcohol and suicide. Our programs explore the positive elements of HipHop while providing youth with a survival toolkit, which celebrates traditional cultural values and provides important leadership skills. The approach is appealing to youth, and community focused.
“Social Work Through HipHop” has presently impacted approximately 3000 youth in over 45 projects carried out in First Nations and Inuit communities. The demand for the program is immense and the benefit is not only heard in the voices of the youth themselves, but from elders, teachers, law enforcement agencies, government officials, public health and social workers. Various documentaries have been produced on the projects that have been described by northern politicians as "the most substantial youth engagement in 20 years". The work has also been recognized by the former Governor General of Canada as compelling and important. BluePrintForLife was recently presented an award from Canada’s former Governor General (Michaelle Jean) for outstanding achievement and outreach and BluePrintForLife is often talked about in her international speaking engagements. In November of 2010 BluePrintForLife was the first organization from North America to ever be profiled as a top finalist in the world’s most prestigious award for outreach through the arts. The “Freedom to Create” awards receive thousands of applications every year and BluePrintForLife is honored to be recognized internationally. BluePrintForLife has collaborated with various Government organizations in Nunavut, Nunavik, First Nations Bands, and a variety of federal programs in Canada such as Suicide and Crime Prevention.
Through this photo book we hope you are inspired .
We have a saying in Hiphop; "Each One Teach One".
It is our hope to spread our knowledge and love of Hiphop
to those who need it the most and to inspire others in
Hiphop to give back !