Rap Club | Embracing Youth Culture
Rap Club is an approach to music education and working with young people at risk of negative youth/knife cultures. Central to this is embracing positive youth cultures and developing authentic youth-led creative arts communities. With initiatives in and outside of schools, the movement targets those at risk of school exclusion and already engaged in knife/gang activity. Since September 2018, projects have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, gained thousands of views on YouTube and performed at Wembley Arena (in front of 10,000) on three occasions. Members take on professional roles and experiences, including A&R Managers/Marketing Teams, engaging directly with the industry. Rap Club members have also developed their own clothing brands and written/produced a series of short films, celebrating the vibrancy of youth culture whilst highlighting issues including school exclusion and knife crime (through their own experiences).
This is a unique opportunity to hear from the founder of Rap Club and consider how the ethos might translate to work with young people in your school.
Trainer Bio: Award-winning Head of Department and Youth Leader Benjamin Turner started Rap Club after setting a detention. Now a youth-led community and company, the young people he works with have performed at Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, had over 300,000 youtube views and been featured by BBC. Benjamin is also a Home Office #knifefree advocate, recognised for his work against knife cultures.