What is Cypher?

CYPHER stands for Counseling Youth by Promoting Healthy Emotional Reflection. It is a school counseling program developed for urban schools, utilizing the constructs of Hip Hop and Spoken Word Therapy. This specific school counseling-based theory and program was developed by Ian P. Levy and teaches the art of lyric writing as a means to self-expression and emotional development.

Pulling from the basic principles of Hip-hop and Spoken Word Therapy, CYPHER believes that once youth are provided with this unique tool to analyze their experiences they will begin to speak more descriptively to their emotional experiences and come to a deeper understanding of who they are, and how they feel. 

CYPHER COVERAGE: Great Big Story