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Young People Moving Power (YPMP)

YPMP Class 2

YPMP Class 2

Young People Moving Power (YPMP) Academy is a transformative and holistic human development academy that works to develop a multi-literacy based Human Justice leadership with youth living in neighborhoods most severely impacted by the cycles of mass incarceration, poverty and violence.

The YPMP Academy works to develop the next generation of youth leaders to continue the work of Human Justice at CNUS and abroad.

As such, YPMP consists of several components:

Know Your Rights Jeopardy in Staten Island

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1) True Colors Workshop and Training series for schools, agencies, groups and organizations that work with young people. *Scroll down to the bottom of this page to download the request form to start the process in hosting our interactive workshops and trainings in your community now!

Russell Brand participates in our youth mentoring session (Fall 2013)

Russell Brand participates in ARCHES mentoring session (Fall 2013)

2) ARCHES, a curriculum-based transformative mentoring program that works with justice-involved young adults – specifically 16-24 year olds on probation – to expand their consciousness, capabilities and engagement in building and living a meaningful life.  CNUS has partnered with Friends of Bedford Academy, Inc. to open ARCHES in our office located in Bedford Stuyvesant.

*Check out for reflection blogs by Alex Davis, ARCHES alum and our youth intern on ARCHES sessions and other activities at CNUS!

(left to right) Divine Pryor, Soffiyah Elijah, Bryonn Bain and Harry Belafonte @ the Lyrics From Lockdown opening (Sep 2012 @ the National Black Theater)

(left to right) Divine Pryor, Soffiyah Elijah, Bryonn Bain and Harry Belafonte @ the Lyrics From Lockdown opening (Sep 2012 @ the National Black Theater)

3) The Life After Lockdown Academy (LALA) is an intensive art and activism summer camp in development for youth and young adults from the seven neighborhoods with the highest rates of incarceration in New York City.

LALA is being developed in collaboration with critically acclaimed performing artist and activist Bryonn Bain.

After working with CNUS’ founding members closely to bring art, education and activism to prison and communities impacted by incarceration nationwide for more than a decade, Bain’s multimedia production Lyrics from Lockdown (executive produced by Harry Belafonte) serves as the inspiration for the upcoming Life After Lockdown (LAL) album and tour.

LALA will culminate in a seven neighborhood tour featuring performances from the Life After Lockdown album and NYC youth performing in the hip hop theater production “WHAT IT IZ: The Spoken Wordical,” a 21st century urban parody remixing Baum’s classic and the 1970s Broadway musical-turned-motion picture “The Wiz.” Written in the verse of our time, WHAT IT IZ fuses the soulful, musical style of the ’70s hit with the urban lyricism of hip hop and spoken word poetry.

** To support the continuation of each of our YPMP Academy components, please click here!  To launch LALA, our goal is to raise $150,000 by February 2014.  We will be sending out a crowdfunding call to action soon to help us reach out goal!  If you can help with a donation or organizing a house party, please click here to sign up!


CNUS Request Form

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