April 30, 2012

Building Bridges to North Minneapolis

On April 27, 2012, Twin Cities Save the Kids, housed at the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching in the Hamline School of Education, began a community program at the North Minneapolis YMCA. Twin Cities Save the Kids, directed by Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, is a fully-volunteer national organization with the mission of challenging the school-to-prison pipeline. It is overseen by community members, professors, and students within the Twin Cities. Twin Cities STK, along with Kevin Beacham from Rhymesayers Entertainment and Matt Hernandez with the University of Minnesota, will hold twice monthly Hip Hop 101 workshops. These workshops have average attendance of twenty-five youths from 9 to 18 years old. The Hip Hop 101 workshops, directed toward urban communities, are unique in the U.S. in terms of youth-oriented programs. The goal of these interactive, technologically integrative social justice workshops is to provide critical urban and culturally relevant education. The workshops are broken down into three different parts: Hip Hop Culture, Hip Hop Politics, and Hip Hop Organizing.