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Saturday, October 6th
Doors open: 9:30 am
Event ends: 4:00 pm
Free Admission ~ Special Guest Appearances ~ Performances
Give-A-Ways ~ Free Lunch

Hip Hop 4 Life’s 5th Annual YOUTHFEST will be held in New York City on October 6, 2012. This year’s theme, “Combating Bullying: Don’t Pressure Me…Respect Me!” will educate youth on the types of bullying; what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied; how to get help if you are bullying; and the laws against bullying. We will have special panelists, performers, and cool give-a-ways.  Best of all, YOUTHFEST is FREE!  Young people, ages 12-18, are invited to attend.  The first 100 youth to pre-register will receive a VIP gift bag!

YOUTHFEST would not be complete without our popular parent workshop, a free day-long session. The parent workshop is open to the first 75-80 parents to register and will feature exciting workshops by Kheperah Kearse.

Click Here to download the YOUTHFEST registration form.

We welcome schools, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations to bring your youth! For more information contact us at

About Hip Hop 4 Life

Hip Hop 4 Life is a champion of youth empowerment. Our mission is to provide interactive life skills and health awareness programs that are designed to engage, educate and empower young people to lead extraordinary lives. Hip Hop 4 Life’s three core programs that are offered are the Empowerment Team, a mentoring program for youth 12-18; Youth Development, provided to schools and community organizations; and Community Outreach, a program that involves executing and participating in community-based events. Since our inception in 2003, Hip Hop 4 Life has served over 12,500 youth and parents.

I was recently interviewed for an article about the bold new policy that NYC Schools have put in place which provides the morning after pill to teens without parental consent.  What do you think?

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The New York Civil Liberties Union is looking for young people, ages

14-18, to join the Teen Activist Project (TAP). Please share the
attached application with any young people who might be interested in
the program.
TAP is a youth group that meets weekly in downtown Manhattan and
provides a space for NYC youth to talk about, and take action against,
social justice issues that impact their lives (immigration, NYPD,
police in schools, student rights…)
Applications and additional information available on our website,

regularly on sassysagesays, i feature amazing girls/women who are doing great things.  

this month, i am featuring Hip Hop Psychologist  Dr. Adia Mcclellan Winfrey.  

if you know of other girls/women who are doing great things let me know. we’d love to feature her on our blog!

psychologist and hip hop therapist Dr. Adia Mcclellan Winfrey is one of a kind.  i first met her when she gave a workshop about her H.Y.P.E. (Healing Youth People through (hip hop) Empowerment) curriculum at a hip hop conference i put together at st. john’s university in 2009.

the Empowering Communities through Hip hOp (ECHO) conference was packed with people from all across the tri-state area and Dr. Dia gave a ‘show’ like no other.  she walked teachers, social workers, therapists and youth workers through her H.Y.P.E. curriculum, which is a program for at risk teens that uses hip hop and has proven to have amazing results.

over the years i have watched Dr. Dia ‘work it’ all across the country and beyond (she’s taking her program to the U.K. this year!).   she is such a hardworking woman, that I had to give her a shout out as a queen of hip hop with tons of soul!  

she is passionate about reaching our youth and has true ‘swag’. as you can imagine, she gets ‘much respect’ from those in the hip hop industry for her dedication to keeping true to the art form while giving back.

Dr. Dia facilitates her curriculum at schools, youth agencies and detention facilities, as well as provides training to those who work with youth.  she recently started writing and i was blown away by a piece that she co-wrote with David Banner.

to learn more about Dr. Dia and the H.Y.P.E. program visit:

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