Empowering Youth In Chicago through the Arts

Brittanys blueprint is an ongoing program of weekly sessions for black and brown youth in low-income communities. Through these sessions, youth participants are educated on social justice and race issues around the country and world, much of which is not taught in school nor talked about in their communities. During these sessions, youth are able to create their own piece of art (poetry, music, rap, drawing, acting skit, painting, dancing, etc.) to explain and showcase what they are learning. At the end of each month, the art generated by the youth is showcased in a community space, which gives students a sense of empowerment and ownership. These sessions also create a safe space for children to express themselves and have someone to talk to about issues they cant address at home. Through this program, Brittany is working to decrease the violence in her community and empower youth by giving them more opportunities to be successful.

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