H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Excel)
Along with Tanya Odums, LCSW, Spry Lee Scott helps run a Brooklyn based, non-profit organization called H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Excel). Together, they have helped a countless number of young people take control of their lives, and not become victims of their environment. Below is a detailed description of the program.
HYPE: Helping Young People Excel, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization founded in January 2006. HYPE is committed to providing disadvantaged youth and their families residing in New York City with the support and skills needed to succeed in life. Through the provision of counseling, tutoring, social and recreational services, HYPE seeks to prevent and reduce self destructive behaviors and empower urban youth to break the cycles of poverty, crime, violence, addiction and hopelessness that are characteristics of economically deprived communities. HYPE understands the unique needs of disadvantaged youth and seeks to assist them in achieving their highest potential by providing access to resources, and opportunities for success that can help shape them into productive members of society.
Creative Recreation Program
HYPE creative recreation program has been in existence since 2004 and has been effectively implemented in residential treatments centers for adolescent females. This is a therapeutic leadership development program for at risk youth that utilizes expressive therapies to assist youth with channeling their energy creatively through the mediums of dance, drama, skating, creative writing and art. Through the healing arts HYPE seeks to eradicate self destructive patterns of behavior. The Brooklyn HYPE Skate Team is a recent addition to the Creative Recreation Program. The over all goal of this program is to help youth find alternative ways to cope with the challenges they face. Through providing youth with the support and skills needed to succeed in life HYPE seeks to inspire youth to be their best by giving them an alternative to the streets and building character and moral through therapeutic recreational activities.
HYPE’s creative recreation program seeks to promote wellness of mind, body and spirit. Utilizing meditation techniques, group discussions, self development workshops, youth forums, field trips and the creative mediums of art, writing, music, drama and movement (dance, step, skating etc.) youth will be provided with opportunities to:
• explore and develop their creative interest and talents;
• socialize in a safe, structured, supervised environment that promotes healthy/supportive peer relationships.
• enhance leaderships skills; as wells as social and cognitive skills (i.e., communication, problem solving; and decision making skills)
• develop self-control and self discipline;
• develop a positive sense of self-esteem;
• collectively heal from emotional trauma; and to tap into their spirituality to help youth persevere and cope with life’s challenges.
If you would like to make a donation or for more information contact
Tanya Odums, LCSW
Executive Director& Founder