Use popular music trends to get your teen participants to tackle important social issues
Music and art have always been a great way to inspire thinking and get conversations going. Use the music your participants identify with to create discussions around issues that teens deal with every day and may have trouble addressing in a healthy way and safe environment. These discussions can help participants analyze deeper meanings from music videos, lyrics, or imagery used by popular artists in the Music Industry.
In addition, the hope is to achieve the following outcomes…
- Teens feel comfortable to open up about their own thoughts/experiences related to current social issues
- “Normalize” sensitive subjects, making it OK to discuss honestly
- Set an example of adults/mentors discussing topics openly and constructively (especially if differing opinions are expressed)
- Participants use concepts or topics discussed in their own original lyrics
Read More How to… Week 1: Example – Kesha
Note: Due to the mature nature of the topics/lyrics/media that may be viewed/discussed, this program is recommended for older teens. Also consider getting support from the community or additional staff members like a social worker, counselor, resource officer and/or nurse.
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Week 1: Example – Kesha
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