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Kids Helping Kids, A Hip Hop Experience

Kids Helping Kids, A Hip Hop Experience

Written by Chad Harper
March 18, 2013

We don’t just teach humanity through Hip Hop, we create humanitarians

“Kids Helping Kids; a Hip Hop Experience” is a youth program that teaches HUMANITY through HIP HOP. We educate youth on global, national and local issues and provide them the opportunity to have a voice through music. This is done through our organization Hip Hop Saves Lives (HHSL).

Our process goes as follows:

First, we select an issue that we think is important to focus on, maybe education, poverty, fair-trade conflicts, environmental- to name a few.

Next,  we identify a person or organization working to create change on the selected issue and honor them through the creation of a Hip Hop song. Young people write lyrics to express what they have learned and how they feel about the issue. We record a song and shoot a full length music video for them to share. From here, we send the song and video to the person or organization celebrated in the song as a gift, hoping to build a mentoring relationship for the youth.

Finally, at the end of the semester we create a cd of their music to sell at fundraising events. Proceeds from the cd go toward aid for schools in Africa and Haiti, where these institutions use the assistance for clean water, food and education needs.

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