Hip-hop fans, educators, students and scholars take note because there are MANY smart and acclaimed people (and organizations) providing many worthwhile tools and resources well worth checking out. Here is a list to help you discover some of the most dynamic players. (Note: While all materials published by Street Smart Press are completely free of profanity, homophobia and misogyny we cannot ensure that all of the listed resources adhere to our same guidelines.)
Presents literary arts education and youth programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop. Also offers FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round.
A nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of seven writing and tutoring centers. Also helps teachers get their classes excited about writing because strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy that places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. Urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms.
A centralized online social network, information exchange hub, and archival management system that offers the infrastructure, tools, and social impact that will transform how we think about teaching and learning, education and schooling, academic scholars and public intellectuals.
Stimulates and maintains interest in the written word, fosters a vital literary culture, and defends freedom of expression domestically and internationally.
An online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12 with pricing plans for individual classrooms, schools and districts.
Facilitates and encourages the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through hip-hop.
Uses hip-hop culture and media to inspire, motivate and empower the voice of young people with a holistic approach to develop hearts and minds. Innovative programming, media activism, mentorship and ‘cool’ community service projects also in play to break down communication barriers between adults and youth.
The Cornell Hip-Hop Collection collects and makes accessible the historical artifacts of hip-hop culture to ensure their preservation for future generations.
Mission is to improve mental health and social outcomes among marginalized youth by using hip hop as a catalyst for positive change and development.
An educational music company with a goal to increase student engagement in school by providing high quality educational music and videos to educators and their students.
Believes in the power of music to transform and inspire youth to create positive change in their lives and communities. Also has a team of volunteers ready to bring mobile music production and DJ’ing center to schools, community centers and events.
Uses a holistic approach to youth, and community development that involves hip-hop artists, scholars, educators, activists, and allies to transform individual lives and whole communities through hip-hop. Public art creation, courses in the core elements of hip-hop, a global academic journal on hip-hop and more.
Created by the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, The Rappin’ Mathematician™ provides teachers, students and parents with hip, cool rap songs about core math concepts, and living a positive life!
Afrika Bambaataa’s online world of hip-hop culture.
Supports hip-hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the hip-hop aesthetic by serving young, urban communities through outreach and education.
Award winning hip-hop science educator, speaker, author and consultant.
Provides a unique technical/trade program to transform each student’s creative energy into marketable skills through education, guidance and self-expression.
A community-based arts organization that uses Hip Hop culture to inspire and transform communities, engage marginalized and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement.
Aims to connect educators, social workers, parents, and youth to use hip-hop culture as an effective way to inform, educate, and activate youth.
Davey D, down with hip-hop since 1977, is a nationally recognized journalist, hip-hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media man and community activist.
Where Knowledge Reigns Supreme.
An educational non-profit with a goal of connecting young people through music and technology. Runs educational programming both in and out of schools around the world.
Seeks to give every child a better chance to become fully literate and believes that anyone can teach reading if they are given simple, easy to understand tools. Helps young learners.
Prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Provides on-the-ground innovative solutions to the hard-to-tackle challenge of illiteracy worldwide.
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