Supporting Mental Health Advocacy & STEAM through Hip-Hop

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We equip learning communities by integrating STEAM, mental health, and hip-hop and through transformative community connections.

We blend STEAM and Hip-Hop with mental health discussions in quarterly Fire-Side Chats and an Annual Summit, fostering a co-constructive learning space for community empowerment and culturally sustainable education.

Fire-Side Chats

We host quarterly gatherings that delve into the intersection of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), Hip-Hop, and Mental Health. The initiative aims to create a co-constructive learning space for students, teachers, administrators, and community members. By centering on the power of Hip-Hop, the discussions focus on dismantling barriers that hinder conversations about mental health.

The overarching goal is to utilize Hip-Hop as a culturally sustaining foundation for social-emotional learning, mental health wellness, and cross-curricular studies. Inspired by the research of scholars like Marc Lamont Hill, Chris Emdin, and Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Fireside SMASH promotes Hip-Hop as a tool for critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in education.

The initiative also emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and addressing mental health to foster healing and dismantle stigma, echoing the words of Shawn Ginwright on the transformative power of healing for justice and humanity.

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Annual S.M.A.S.H. Summit

We don't just host an event; we ignite a movement. We leverage the powerful force of Hip-Hop to shatter societal barriers, confront stigmas, and broaden access to holistic education. Our summit is a catalyst for change, where we empower over 150 attendees to embrace the energy, ideas, and connections they forge.

We inspire each participant to channel this newfound inspiration into creative, confident, and unconventional approaches to education, leadership, and community engagement. Featuring influential keynote speakers, a dynamic DJ, engaging panel discussions, and inspiring breakout sessions, our S.M.A.S.H. Summit is more than a gathering — it's a celebration with a profound purpose.

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Why S.M.A.S.H.?

For those who love hip-hop, are invested in mental health, and have an interest in STEAM, S.M.A.S.H. is the perfect convergence of passions. It provides a platform to connect and reconnect with like-minded individuals, share visions, orchestrate collaborations, and enjoy a day filled with inspirational words and beats.

What Makes the S.M.A.S.H. Summit Special?

  • A half-day of artistry, creativity, and inspiration.
  • An amazing panel of speakers, thought leaders, and artists who share their gifts.
  • Keynote speakers and panelists who share their insights.
  • Breakout sessions that encourage innovative thinking.
  • Thoughtful networking opportunities to connect with the best of humanity.
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