Rob Kasp Sawan - Hip Hop Performer

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Kasp Sawan grew up in East Vancouver and by the age of 9 had witnessed more trauma and abuse then most grown adults will ever face in a lifetime. Experiencing multi-generational trauma and abuse brought upon his family and community from the residential school era. He grew up in and out of the care of the child welfare system and eventually ended up in group homes and spent time living on the street. Kasp grew up living in the dysfunctional cycle of alcoholism and drug abuse and turned to his music as a way to escape and deal with his harsh reality. He eventually moved from Vancouver and became part of a crew which developed, wrote, produced and marketed their own music independently and went on to win numerous prestigious awards that gave him national recognition.

Kasp has struggled with his own personal issues and alcoholism and continues to learn, grow, share and inspire through his music and story. He has experienced that you have to face your past in order to move forward, and has fallen but stands tall today to share his story and maintains his sobriety through his traditional and spiritual beliefs, participating in canoe journeys with youth, step programs and personal development. He balances his personal, family, and career life through honesty and commitment. Kasp's focus has shifted his music to a whole new level and he shares it with youth to motivate them to persevere no matter what happens in life. His songs tell a story of his struggle and success, and he shares the timeline of his life with others to help others have the strength to do the same. Kasp is dedicating his life to his family, his community and his people to show the youth that there is hope for a better today and brighter tomorrow.

Workshop Descriptions:
 
"Expressing Yourself through Music” - motivational workshop that allows youth to express themselves in a positive way through written words, hip hop, story telling, poetry and sharing.


"Learning Your Rights through Hip Hop” – as a former youth in care. Kasp helps provide youth with a stronger understanding of what their rights are in care as well as an overview of what all children and youth rights are as cited in the "UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child”


"The Truth about Meth” – a hard hitting workshop that speaks directly to youth and the real dangers of crystal meth us.
"Sharing Circles” – teaches those working with youth to improve their practice by providing guidance and support to youth in a safe environment


"Stop Glamorizing Gang Life” – what kind of information are the youth bombarded with today? This workshop takes a look at the realities of gang and street life.


"Drugs, Alcohol and Addictions” – when the fun stops and the problems begin, what kind of support do our young people get when it’s time to start seeing partying as a problem.


"Cyber Safety” – Facebook, Myspace, Bebo, Hi5, and Twitter are all great networking sites but what are the youth practicing safety or endangering their well being. This workshop talks about the do’s and don’ts of surfing online social networks.
Kasp has facilitated workshops over the past 7 years and can cater to most topics regarding youth. He has worked with youth organizations, bands, health centers, ministries, MCFD and delegated agencies, jails and prison settings, conferences and family events.


Keynotes

My Life Story – After growing up on the streets, surrounded by addiction, death and disease and suffering multi-generational trauma, Kasp shares his stories and targets youth as well as offers his story to those working with youth.


Panels

Kasp has sat on panels at various forums to answer questions by youth, as well as youth workers, teachers, social workers, probation officers and law enforcement agencies.


Motivational Performances


Not only is Kasp a dynamic and inspirational speaker and facilitator he is an award winning hip hop performer. He will provide a conference with family friendly and inspirational lyrics, motivational stories and integrate his life story in between songs.
Kasp has been invited and performed for children’s festivals, high schools and elders conferences. His songs cover topics such as cultural and traditional pride, addictions awareness, street life, honouring elders stories and lighter, inspirational songs that uplift the crowd.


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Dewayne Ward, Booking Coordinator