Hip Hop Congress


San Jose, CA95125
Organization Type: 
Arts Organization
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The Hip Hop Congress uses the culture of Hip Hop to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service, and cultural creativity. Hip Hop Congress is the product of a merger of artists and students, music and community. It is significant because it provides one of few paths for highly creative and often disenfranchised youth where they can channel their energy into a strong and organized force aimed at improving their community. Our chapter programs, already located in eighteen colleges and three high schools nationwide, provides an organization that helps encourage students to become socially conscious community organizers. The chapters are Hip Hop Congress' pipeline into local communities through programs like Awareness Festivals, Lectures, Academic Discussions, and educational Hip Hop Shows. The Hip Hop Congress website posts diverse views on a variety of issues in order to inspire thought, on-line conversation and subsequent activity in the "real world." The Hip Hop Congress national office, with eight regulars in attendance at all times, is an active think tank that devises new initiatives using the Hip Hop Congress' tools to create new inspiration and action in local communities. This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.