The Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER) aims to:

  • Provide youth and students direct linkages to many excellent programs and services at Skyline College such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), Career Advancement Academies (CAA), Urban Music Academy, Career Center, Urban Youth Society Hip Hop Club, and the SparkPoint Center.
  • Provide educational and professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff such as:
    -- Learning about current Hip Hop pedagogies and best practices
    -- Attending and/or presenting at local, national, and world Hip Hop conferences
  • Provide youth and students, and our community, educational and cultural events such as Hip Hop film screenings, live performances, and guest lecture series.
  • Provide students with educational access and opportunities in middle school, high school, and college such as creating a Hip Hop/Social Justice learning community at Skyline College, enhance concurrent enrollment opportunities, and hosting Hip Hop Career assemblies at our local high schools.

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