Announcing the first state sponsored Hip Hop Education grant program!

Participating Schools

What is H2E2?

H2E2 aims to establish a statewide network of qualified Hip Hop and urban cultural educators and provide resources, mentorship and support for teaching artists and industry professionals in partnering with public schools.

Additionally H2E2 will support partnerships between AME programs and Hip Hop teaching artists to create a model for Hip Hop focused AME programs to emerge and develop in the state, and support teaching artists in obtaining Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Career Technical Education (CTE) Designated Subjects (DS) Credentials

Overarching Program Goals: 

  • Establish a pipeline for aspiring teaching artists, advisory partners and hip hop professionals interested in becoming credentialed educators in CTE programs in the AME sector.  
  • Establish Hip Hop education AME programs that engage learners and equip them for post-secondary options and careers in creative industries.
  • Develop teaching artists as industry partners, advisors & co-teachers for CTE programs.
  • Develop and formalize student leadership opportunities through internships and mentoring

Grant Requirements for Participating Schools: 

  • Establish partnerships with industry to provide Hip Hop master classes, residencies, and other work-based learning opportunities for AME students.
  • Create and share Hip Hop education curriculum and professional learning opportunities for AME programs.
  • Integrate formal student leadership opportunities with Hip Hop Congress Youth Chapters.
  • Participate in AME community of practice meetings and provide resources and technical assistance around Hip Hop Education.

The H2E2 core planning team

Sebastien Elkouby, AME Hip Hop Educator at View Park Preparatory High School and author of Global Awareness Through Hip Hop Culture curriculum

Rahman J. McCreadie, Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Inc (HHC), and founder of Rap Force Academy

Martha Diaz, Founding director of the Hip Hop Education Center and CEO of Hip Hop Communiversity (HHCU)

Mikle McBride, Director of Career Technical Education, Compton Unified School District

Dr. Delores Thomson, CTE Coordinator and broadcast teacher, Oakland School of the Arts

Learn More by viewing the slide deck from our February 2020 advisory meeting

Read our preliminary press release here

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