Blue Print For Life-“Social Work Through Hiphop” in Canada's North

Organization Sponsor: Blue Print For Life Consulting

Organization Partner: UNITY Charity

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Program Description

Blue Print For Life runs “Social Work Through Hiphop” programs throughout Canada’s north and in Canada’s inner cities. Often Blueprint becomes the school curriculum for the entire week in at risk communities. We also offer creative consulting, project management and training in the fields of Social Work and Education. Its founder Stephen Leafloor has over 25 years experience as a social worker in the areas of Probation, Wilderness Programs, Street Work with Youth at Risk, Residential Group Homes, Child Protection and Community Outreach. Stephen has also been an active participant in the Hiphop Culture since 1981 and completed his masters thesis on this culture and its importance for educators and social workers.

BluePrintForLife offers dynamic, culturally appropriate programs designed for First Nations and Inuit youth that are founded on HipHop, rooted in traditional culture, and centered on community needs. Their programming has also been successfully adapted to meet the needs of youth in Canada’s inner cities, working with youth at risk and newly immigrated families to Canada.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Every project is different. The hip hop workshop’s budget can ran up to $220,000, with $100,000 of t

Funding Sources: 

Funding from a range of government resources.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

BluePrintForLife is considered one of the worlds leading companies using HipHop as both a community development tool and as a model for alternative education and healing.

Impact Of Program: 

We have worked creatively with over 4000 Youth at Risk in a variety of projects in 40 communities, and specialize in the education, guidance, and development of youth through the positive elements of HipHop. We have been in the national media many times for our work and have been featured in a number of documentaries about our work with Canada’s aboriginal youth.

Evaluation Tools: 

Forneris, T (2009). Evaluation of Hip Hop Workshops in Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Leadership Youth Hip Hop Summit in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Report prepared for the Government of Nunavut.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Blue Print For Life believes that people make changes in their lives based on the relationships they have with others and how they see themselves fitting into the world. We are dedicated to working creatively with youth around the world to empower them with a sense of control and hope in their lives.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Crucial to the success of our program is the ability for it to continue to grow in a community and become a safe and supportive environment that youth can count on. In communities like Clyde River it has turned into a full community development program where the youth engage the Elders and help them with things like snow shoveling, and the Elders in turn support the youth and do things like sew their dance outfits for upcoming shows. Not only is there great potential for bringing generations together but this whole community model of engagement will increase the chance of a program continuing to grow.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The hip hop programs in the North began in 2006.

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