In 2019, Hip Hop Congress (HHC) brought together Martha Diaz (founder of the Hip Hop Education Center), Rahman Jamaal McCreadie (actor/rapper/educator/organizer), Sebastien Elkouby (CTE-certified Hip Hop school teacher) and Allison Frenzel (head of AME Department at the CTE Division of the California Department of Education) to launch H2E2, the first statewide Hip Hop education initiative in the country. The Hip Hop Education & Equity initiative was created to support CA K-12 schools in implementing Hip Hop curriculum through qualified Hip Hop teaching artists, as well as support Hip Hop artists in earning a sustainable wage through a nationally-recognized Hip Hop teaching credential. Hip Hop Congress, Inc. helped launched the first statewide Hip Hop Education grant program in 2019 in partnership with the Hip Hop Education Center and the California Department of Education.
H2E2 now engages youth and adults working with K-transitional age youth at eight (8) Title I schools, and works with programs at county-based juvenile facilities to create school-to-career pipelines with industry partners.
We congratulate the following H2E2 grant recipients: • Audubon Middle School (Los Angeles) • Hudnall Claude Elementary (Inglewood) • OSA Middle School (Oakland) • Crenshaw High (Los Angeles) • Skyline High (Oakland) • June Jordan School for Equity (San Francisco) • 42 St. (Los Angeles) • Balboa High (San Francisco) • Viewpark Preparatory High School (Los Angeles).
HHC, The Hip Hop Education Center and its partners are working together to develop the first Hip Hop Music guidelines to credentialize the profession of Hip Hop-based education. HHC will be focusing on the development of High School Youth Chapters using the successful model of its student organizations at the university level and the support of CTE and Arts Department teachers seeking professional Hip Hop educators.