Direct Service

2017

There is a huge stigma surrounding mental health, particularly among young people of color. Black and brown youth suffer from institutional oppression that may come in the form of racism, economic violence, and criminalization. Internalizing oppression further makes young people negatively impacted by mental health issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Hip hop fundamentally began to give a voice to black and brown communities and can serve as a powerful art form that facilitates collective healing. This Blueprint Proposal for Social Justice aims to de-stigmatize mental health among young people of color in Oakland through uplifting the therapeutic influence of the artivism known as hip hop