Hope Scholars Initiative aims to humanize the scholastic experience by adopting a strength based and comprehensive approach that invites students’ cultural identity in the classroom and values their experience. The foundation of our program is centering youth voices and preserving the authenticity of their livelihood.
Since 2018, Hope Scholars Initiative has partnered with over 20 schools and institutions to provide services ranging from in-class curriculum to youth mentorship to arts partnerships with correctional facilities and professional development training for faculty and staff.
I Got Royalty Inside My DNA
– KENDRICK LAMAR
According to the Brookings Institute, youth under the age
of 18 will be 50% non white for
the first time in American History by 2020.
It is imperative that educators diversify their resources, curriculum, text, literature to reflect the diverse populations in which they serve. Furthermore, it signifies the importance of alternative practices as one that goes from novelty to primary methods of student engagement. Hip Hop based practices are in fact essential to fully engage and connect youth to their scholarship.