For 5th – 6th Grade


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for an inspiring day as students work together to build leadership skills and encourage community-building, critical thinking, and social justice. Explore how Hip Hop—particularly the Fifth Element of Hip Hop, Knowledge of Self and Community—helps young people create narratives that reflect their social and cultural identities, foster self-determination, and cultivate social change.

We invite you to nominate up to six of your students (5th-6th grade) to attend this powerful day.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Extended Deadline for nomination letters is Monday, April 6, 2015

Featured Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Bettina Love
Associate Professor of Educational Theory
& Practice at the University of Georgia

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award winning author and Associate Professor  of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her  research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop  music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to    create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and  social justice. Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school  experiences of queer youth, along with race and inequality in  education.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. She has provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

For more information, or to nominate up to six of your 5th or 6th grade students, submit your letter via email to from your school email address by Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nomination guidelines>


Presenting Sponsor of Student Leadership Days:
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Additional support provided by The Jacob J. Fink Charitable Foundation, The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc and an Anonymous Foundation.



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