Hip Hop For Change breaks down barriers between youth and justice issues that affect their lives and communities using Hip hop as a vehicle. We educate, employ, and empower historically marginalized communities and inspire the next generation of leaders advocating for change through this work!
2020 Awardee of both the William J. Zellerbach Award For Social Change and the SF Symphony's Ellen Magnin Newman Award
SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
Hip Hop For Change runs a series of events that help youth and Communities of Color engage with issues like environmental justice and Women's empowerment. Our events are always free to the public and provide the most access possible. In addition, we invite smaller BIPOC organizations to hold space at our events to bring awareness to their missions to better connect them to the people they serve.
Our Education Department breaks down barriers between youth and justice issues that affect their lives and communities using Hip Hop as a vehicle. We offer several programs and workshops, teaching the history, principles, and the artistic expression of Hip Hop Culture nationwide. In addition, our education department gives youth opportunities to healthy coping mechanisms through these new practices for positive introspection and expression.
Hip Hop For Change uses a portion of our
funds to hire a diverse staff of activists who go
into affluent white communities to educate the
public on race and social justice issues. we've been able to employ over a thousand members of our community with a living wage, full-time and part-time employment, and on-the-job employee development training. Raising the next generation of activists is at
the center of this program's mission.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have lost 25% of our donor base and were forced to let go of our entire grassroots canvassing team. Additionally, COVID-19 policies mandating nationwide school closures have paused our pending contracts for the remaining school year. Many of our artist educators rely on these teaching contracts and are struggling to stay financially secure.
Despite economic hardship, we are still doing inspirational work in the community and being recognized for it. In the midst of COVID-19, we have developed an online Hip Hop curriculum, provided jobs to local artists, and started building a free recording studio for the youth to express themselves.
Black dreams and Black futures are worth still fighting for! Please consider becoming a monthly donor as we navigate through these difficult times together. Thank you, from the Hip Hop For Change family.
We are very excited to announce that our long-time dream of owning our own professional recording studio is now a reality! We started construction on August 1, 2020 and we hope to have it completed by summer 2021.
Hip Hop For Change Recording Studios will be a FREE community space for youth under 24 to emotionally and creatively express themselves. It will also help us create sound engineering jobs for local artists. The studio triples as an additional space for our Education Department to program Hip Hop classes and workshops from. From tracking and mixing, beat-making and rapping, to podcasting and video editing, we want this space to be a welcoming environment for all things Hip Hop.
We are calling on our supporters to help us build a state of the art studio and pay for the digital equipment needed to operate it. Please consider donating and being a part of this very special journey as we move our dream forward. Let's invest in our youth together!