H2E2 aims to establish a network of qualified Hip Hop and urban cultural educators to provide resources, mentorship, and support for teaching artists and industry professionals.

Overarching Program Goals: 

  • Establish a pipeline for aspiring teaching artists, advisory partners and hip hop professionals interested in becoming credentialed educators in CTE programs in the AME sector.  
  • Establish Hip Hop education AME programs that engage learners and equip them for post-secondary options and careers in creative industries.
  • Develop teaching artists as industry partners, advisors & co-teachers for CTE programs.
  • Develop and formalize student leadership opportunities through

Announcing the first state-sponsored Hip-Hop Education grant program!

Grant Requirements for Participating Schools:

  • Establish partnerships with industry to provide Hip Hop master classes, residencies, and other work-based learning opportunities for AME students.
  • Create and share Hip Hop education curriculum and professional learning opportunities for AME programs.
  • Integrate formal student leadership opportunities with Hip Hop Congress Youth Chapters.
  • Participate in AME community of practice meetings and provide resources and technical assistance around Hip Hop Education.

Participating Schools

2021 Summer Institute

2021 Fall Symposium

The H2E2 core planning team

  • Martha Diaz, Executive Director of the Hip Hop Education Center and Hip Hop CU
  • Rahman J. McCreadie, Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Inc (HHC), and founder of Rap Force Academy
  • Sebastien Elkouby, AME Hip Hop Educator at View Park Preparatory High School and author of Global Awareness Through Hip Hop Culture curriculum


  • Allison Frenzel, California Dept. of Education
  • Arabian Prince, Founding Member of NWA
  • Asia One, Founder of No Easy Props
  • Dr. Delores Thomson, CTE Coordinator and broadcast teacher, Oakland School of the Arts
  • Dr. Elliott Gann, Today’s Future Sound
  • Ed Campos, Media Literacy: Stories with Style
  • Mikle McBride, Director of Career Technical Education, Compton Unified School District
  • Dr. Tina Wright, Urban Teachers Network

Founding H2E2 Community Partners