Application: HIP HOPE
Hiphop culture is often viewed as an unfortunate stigma that tarnishes the lives of our youth. In order to address and annihilate this misconception that impacts our youth daily, there is an urgent need for young people to have consistent access to a safe zone that does not take away their hiphop identities, but uplifts them instead. HIP HOPE works to counteract the anarchy that elements of hiphop culture may present by providing an intensive and interactive after-school mentoring program for youth of Richmond, VA between the ages of 12 and 16. Through using the aesthetics of hiphop culture to shift perspectives and maximize impact, youth have a unique venue to cultivate essential life skills, celebrate the positivity of hiphop culture, and foster artistic freedom. HIP HOPE is a viable solution for youth living in a vulnerable society.