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Dr. Adia Winfrey, Founder of H.Y.P.E., Visits Louisville

Thursday July 31, 2014

Media Contacts: Debbie Belt, 574-6587/303-6167
Chris Poynter, 574-4546/396-2015



Dr. Adia Winfrey, Founder of H.Y.P.E., Visits Louisville

Innovative Curriculum Provides Hip-Hop Therapy for At-Risk Teens



Nationally-recognized founder of H.Y.P.E., Dr. Adia Winfrey, will be in Louisville to share her experiences on how hip hop music empowers young people and discuss her bold, new approach to reach teen clients. H.Y.P.E. -- Healing Young People thru Empowerment -- integrates hip hop culture and psychological theories into a program designed to educate and inspire youth, exposing them to conflict management, violence prevention, strategies for handling peer pressure and other life skills.

Youth leaders, advocates and service providers as well as past and future H.Y.P.E. youth participants are encouraged to attend the presentation on Monday, Aug. 4th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy.

Dr. Adia Winfrey, also known as Dr. Dia, is a published author, psychologist, and mentor to youth who developed the H.Y.P.E. curriculum while working on her doctorate in clinical psychology at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. H.Y.P.E. uses familiar hip hop music, themes and values to help young people at-risk discuss and address challenges they face at home, in school and in their communities. Dr. Dia has had a great deal of success working with youth in juvenile detention centers and group homes who have gotten in trouble with the law, and she travels the country leading H.Y.P.E. workshops.

H.Y.P.E. was introduced in Louisville in 2011 by Louisville Metro Department of Community Services as part of the agency’s mission to strengthen low and moderate income youth and families. Outreach staff member and certified H.Y.P.E. facilitator, Ciceley Bishop, has trained nearly 50 youth at agencies including the Baxter Community Center, Maryhurst, Jefferson County Youth Center and the PAL Coalition, (Parkhill, Algonquin and Old Louisville neighborhoods).

“The youth participants have really responded to H.Y.P.E. because it gives them a voice and a way to process their feelings and behaviors”, stated Ms. Bishop. “My hope is to train more youth service providers so we can expand the capacity of H.Y.P.E. offerings in our community.”

Community Services is partnering with Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place to sponsor Dr. Dia’s presentation and is also offering a H.Y.P.E. workshop beginning Aug. 14 from 4-5 p.m. The 12-week course is geared for youth ages 13-17, and interested individuals are required to RSVP by calling Ms. Bishop at 574-7303 or Camille Davis, Administrator of Bridges of Hope, at 634-6057.

For more information about H.Y.P.E. visit http://www.letsgethype.com/, and for more information about Community Services, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/csr.



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