Program Strategy

HSAN seeks to foster initiatives aimed at engaging the Hip-Hop generation in community development issues related to equal access to high quality public education and literacy, freedom of speech, voter education, economic advancement, and youth leadership development. It was established as means to fulfill the commitments made after the first National Hip-Hop Summit, themed “Taking Back Responsibility”, held in June 2001 in New York City. Since that time, HSAN has been on the forefront of initiatives that have tested and affirmed its efforts are timely and effective. HSAN’s programmatic accomplishments include:

– Sponsored more than 40 successful Hip-Hop Summits in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Birmingham and Dallas, providing a national template for engaging the Hip-Hop generation in community-building dialogues;

– On august 14, 2003 the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Summit registered over 11,000 voters, the largest number of young new voters registered ever at a single hip-hop event in the united states;

– HSAN’s Hip-Hop Team Vote along with the WWE’s SMACKDOWN YOUR VOTE recently announced their Voter Registration campaign of “Two Million More in 2004”, with the objective of registering two million more 18-30 year-olds in the 2004 Presidential Election;

– On April 26, 2003 The Detroit Hip-hop Summit mobilized over 17,000 youth participants at the Cobo Arena to commit to ongoing youth leadership development utilizing hip-Hop;

– Fostered the establishment of grass roots Hip-Hop Summit Youth Councils in Queens, NY, Seattle, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Dallas. The Youth Councils engage youth in leadership development activities at a local level;

– Partnered with several other national organizations to effectively pursue shared programmatic interests, including: The NAACP, National Urban League, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Rap the Vote on voter education and registration;

– Joined with The Alliance for Quality Education, mobilizing 100,000 New York City public school students and top Hip-Hop recording artists to a protest rally at City Hall which resulted in Mayor Bloomberg restoring $300 million in proposed cuts to the New York City public school budget. The National Federation of Teachers also partnered in this rally and, in part through the advocacy of the Hip-Hop community, they were able to finally negotiate a fair compensation contract for New York City public school teachers.

– Recently organized a public awareness campaign on the unfairness of the Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York culminating in a public rally of over 60,000.

– Worked in alliance with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in support of the Parental Advisory Label Program that alerts parents to explicit content in music.

– Defended Hip-Hop culture before members of the U.S. Congress and before federal regulatory agencies, eg. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).