UNITY helps youth to positively express their stress and develop skills for success, make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models, and build productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.
74% OF PARTICIPANTS STATE THEY HAVE MORE POSITIVE WAYS TO EXPRESS THEIR STRESS.
We all have to learn how to cope with stress and anxiety. But, in Branden’s case, learning those skills didn’t come easily.
“I was in trouble a lot and getting suspended from school,” he says. “Before UNITY, I didn’t know how to express myself. Now, my art form is my outlet.”
Branden got involved with UNITY Charity in Halifax in 2010, and hasn’t looked back. Today, he’s the program coordinator and brings UNITY artists, dancers and musicians together to empower youth with the confidence and skills for success using hip-hop.
“We work so hard to be a place of respect and a group that kids feel welcome in,” says Branden. “Sometimes I think kids need more than pills to address their mental health challenges. They just need a space where they can express themselves. That’s what UNITY is about.”