R.A.P (REACH out and ACCESS your PEERS)
R.A.P, which is an Acronym for Reach out and Access your Peers, is a program built upon Self-Reflection through Music Interpretation, in order to help students reach Self-Actualization. By exploring and sharing our own thoughts, feelings and emotions, connecting through music, we are able to relate to those around us. Through communication we learn from others, and encourage one another to grow. Students will navigate through thought provoking topics, relating to different aspects of life.
During the Self-Reflection week, each topic will have 3 to 5 questions. Student will take 10 to 15 minutes to answer each question. After answering questions, students will take turns sharing their response. Discussions will be led by a teacher or facilitator. Students will answer each question based upon present feelings, past experiences or future aspirations. During the Music Interpretation week they must identify a song whose lyrics relate to this topic, writing a short paper connecting their life to song lyrics. Students are encouraged to ask each other questions and give feedback, based upon answers that are shared. This portion will take another 10 to 15 minutes, during Self Reflection week. Time will be allotted at the end of each topic for students to fill in discussion notes.
Students will earn theme-based incentives from their active sharing of their ideas, observations and feelings. R.A.P. is also an SEL program that helps students improve the following core competencies:
- Self Awareness
- Social Awareness
- Responsible Decision Making
- Relationship Skills
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