HIP HOP CONGRESS, Rahman Jamaal Mc, Executive Director
Founded in 2001: The Hip Hop Congress mission is to use Hip Hop culture to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service, and cultural creativity. Its Chapter Program develops chapters at universities, high schools and in communities. HHC chapters engage in a range of activities promoting hip hop culture on their campuses or in their communities. Its Artist Program is designed to help artists pool resources, sell music and take advantage of all the opportunities the music industry has to offer without giving away the rights to their works in return. It strives to create an international web of resources and contacts for its artist members. As a national and international organization dedicated to its mission, Hip Hop Congress has chosen Education as a central initiative promoted by its artists, chapters, partners, and donors. As the educational system continues to fail American students (particularly low-income and students of color), more and more institutions are looking to independent contractors and consultants for alternative curriculum to address the current education crisis. The addition of Urban Arts into outreach at youth centers and events, as well as generational shifts in educators is becoming all the more common and effective in reaching youth in need. HHC is constantly looking to work with those developing programs that utilize Hip Hop as a positive motivational and academic tool.
Alliance of African-American Educators, Debra Watkins, President, California
The California Alliance of African American Educators [CAAAE] consists of six regions - the Bay Area, the Valley (Fresno/Bakersfield), San Diego, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and Sacramento/Stockton. The mission of the California Alliance of African American Educators [CAAAE] is to provide programs and services to students, families, and teachers in order to create culturally conscious African American students who are life-long learners and critical thinkers. California Alliance of African American Educators membership is open to public and private school educators, administrators, board trustees, college and university staff, program developers, support providers, undergraduate and graduate students, parents, community stakeholders, civic leaders and corporate representatives.
Interdisciplinary Artists Aggregation, Inc.