Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D.

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Crossroads Collective

The Crossroads Collective is a program I developed using hip-hop culture to (re)engage Black and Latino males with school.  As a result of the program, student disciplinary referrals have decreased while grades have increased for the young men. In addition, the youth in this program are participating in the development of a documentary focusing on how youth navigate their lives, cope with harsh urban realities, and find hope through hip-hop culture. The film will be centered on the experiences of the young men in the hip-hop program and serve as a reminder of the realities facing young Black and Latino males across the country. The project will highlight the importance of creating safe spaces where youth are respected, challenged, nurtured, and loved.

The Crossroads Collective Trailer

Crossroads Collective: Why I Write

Crossroads Collective: Behind the Verse

Crossroads Collective: Tim’s Story by Gee Money

Crossroads Collective: Dead Presidents (No Cursing or Killing) by I.V.

Crossroads Collective: Making a Change by Gee Money and AR Mike

Crossroads Collective: Performing at Pep Rally