THE HIP HOP EDUCATION AND EQUITY INITIATIVE (H2E2)
Benefits of Hip Hop Education
Exposure to the Arts
In 2019, Hip Hop Congress (HHC) introduced Martha Diaz, founder of the Hip Hop Education Center to Allison Frenzel, head of AME Department at the CTE Division of the California Department of Education and helped launch the first statewide Hip Hop education initiative in the country called H2E2, The Hip Hop Education & Equity initiative, which 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.
HHC launched the first statewide Hip Hop Education initiative in the country in 2019 in partnership with the Hip Hop Education Center and the California Department of Education.
H2E2 engages youth and adults working with K-transitional age youth and has currently granted over eight (8) Title I schools and county-based juvenile facilities to create school-to-career pipelines with industry partners, including 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), and Balboa High (San Francisco), and Viewpark Preparatory High School (Los Angeles).
HHC, The Hip Hop Education Center and its partners at Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock), Berklee School of Music, and more, are developing 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 in support of Hip Hop Education.