Dr. Nashon Walker Introduces '16-bars In The Classroom' Project To The Students of HoodRISE Academy
We would like to take this time to thank every partner and sponsor who is and has been supporting the work and the vision of HoodRISE Academy Inc.! Your contributions and support are much appreciated and assists us in being able to make an impact in the student’s lives that we interact with on a daily basis!
We are currently working in and making a difference in Rowland School and Camp Curtin Academy; public middle schools in the inner city of Harrisburg, PA. The first half of the school year has been amazing! We’ve seen a lot of breakthroughs and progress being made in many of our student’s lives!
We have had the opportunity to bond with and mentor a phenomenal group of young ladies and young men this school year, and we look forward to seeing the continued breakthroughs and progress that will be made throughout the remainder of the school year!
Through the use of creative activities and projects, our mentors are able to guide our students toward inevitable success! Our project-based curriculum is a conduit to facilitate the development and learning needed for youth transformation and student achievement.
In January 2018, we introduced, '16-barz In The Classroom,' a collaborative music/poetry writing project, designed to facilitate the learning and development of our 7 C's Success Tools:
- Critical Thinking
Our students have really enjoyed having the opportunity to collaboratively create their songs. Many students have received huge confidence boosts since they’ve begun working on this project, and have begun to comfortably and confidently express themselves more than they ever have before. We have seen our students begin to effectively and successfully collaborate with fellow classmates since we started this project. This has opened an unlimited source of creativity for our students to work with in creating their songs.
Our students have also been great critical thinkers as they collectively work together. As they have encountered various challenges, they have come together to create solutions and never gave up. The songs that our students have created have truly blown us away and have exceeded our expectations. We are very proud of our students, their creations and the way they were able to collaborate to do so!
The second phase of the '16-barz In The Classroom' project, includes planning a music video for the student's songs. The planning process for the student's music video includes a storyboard and a list of ideas and supplies. A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations and/or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, specifically a music video in this case.
Our students have utilized our 7 C's Success Tools effectively and successfully throughout the duration of this project. We're very excited to see our students begin to utilize the tools we've equipped them with in our program, in all of their other classes, at home, and in all public settings!