Hip Hop and History Team Up in New Bedford

Oct 2, 2017

YAP co-founder Ben Gilbarg (far left) pictured with rapper Sky "Swych" Bento (center) and Dakota "Kota" Lopes for an online station called Lit Radio.
Credit Photo by Frankie Barros.

The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a project between the National Park Service, and Third Eye Youth Empowerment in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Founded by Ben Gilbarg and Frankie Barrows. YAP members communicate national park themes  and local history through hip hop. 

Ben Gilbarg ( pictured above)  is a New Bedford native and YAP’s co-founder and mentor for YAP members like rapper Sky “Swych” Bento.


This piece comes through our production partners at Atlantic Public Media and their media training programs: The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Josephine is a graduate of the workshop - you can find out more about the program at  TRANSOM.ORG


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Sky “Swych” Bento and Josephine Opar during an interview at Ground Works in New Bedford, Massachusetts. April 2017.
Credit Photo by Ben Gilbarg.