Almost one million high school students drop out each year.
Let’s change that.
The Raise Up Project begins with you.
If you are 15-22 years old, we invite you to speak to why so many young people are leaving high school before graduation.
Raise Up features an online hip hop and spoken word competition. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship* and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of the Raise Up Project culminating event. One group piece will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award.
Winners will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and guest judges vote for the pieces that have the most resonance to them (Final Judges include Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons). After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have the opportunity to be featured in a series on National Public Radio that will air in late 2014.
We’re asking you to help take on the drop out crisis by submitting a video of yourself performing an original rap or spoken word poem on the topic of young people not graduating (or leaving before coming back to get their degree). Tell us if you think it’s important to get your degree, and what barriers are in your way and/or in the way of so many young people to accomplishing that goal.
Scholarships are provided courtesy of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. Submit your video through June 30 to have your story heard.