My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother's Keeper

As a undergraduate coordinator and mentor for My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), a mentoring program at Michigan State University for traditionally marginalized youth, Liz decided to develop a blueprint that would continue the MBK tradition and provide her mentees the educational space to use their linguistic/cultural diversity to better explore and create knowledge, while engaging critically with the world.  For her 2012 Blueprint Project, Liz designed and implemented “Performance Literacies: Interrelations with Social Justice and Daily Performance Empowerment”, a hip hop curriculum, in collaboration with The BLAT! Pack, an up and coming Hip-Hop music collective. This curriculum explored the sociocultural history of the United states through the 5 main elements of HipHop, using each elements as a lens through which to see and understand this world. Ms. Liz also introduced these elements as forms of literacy, socio-cultural practices/ tools used to explore, express and empower language, which is simply a medium used to communicate thoughts and experiences.

In 2014, after hearing of the Hip Hop curriculum she developed at Michigan State University, New Community for Children in Washington, DC offered Liz a contract to develop and teach a multi-literacy curriculum. Her Spring 2014 class, The Cypha, was an afterschool Hip Hop and Performance Literacy program in collaboration with the NCFC A.B.L.E (Adolescents Building Literacy through Literacy), which built off of progress of her Blueprint project. This program curriculum implemented explores improvisation and the performance of social narratives in Hip Hop as forms of literacy throught which children can enhance reading, writing and comprehension skills. This program was co-mentored and each session planned with Jasmine Hamilton-Wray, classically trained jazz vocalist and member of BLAT! Pack.

My Brother's Keeper

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