XXL Magazine has a neat piece on the ups and downs of government-initiated programs designed to use Hip Hop to reach out to at-risk youth. Here’s a chunk:

The fact that many governments are now embracing hip-hop as a social tool to reach at-risk youth is an interesting development. Hip-hop organizations that focus on community development exist all over the world. I have been to slums in Africa and Latin America, and each one that I visited had at least one hip-hop group, usually several. Many had hip-hop schools that taught the four elements, and provided youth with concrete skills such as graphic design. I remember being in Soweto, South Africa (shout out to Black Sunday) for a block party and meeting some of the students of their hip-hop program. One young guy, Siya, was learning how to be a documentary filmmaker. He spent the entire day filming the show on a camcorder. He must have been about 7 years old. 

Cop the rest at the link below. Also, don’t forget to peep the U.S. government’s own notable efforts to reach out to “at-risk youth” via Hip Hop.

XXLmag.com | Hip-Hop On A Higher Level