Posted by Willy Franzen on December 19, 2010. Jobs updated daily.
Having looked at as many non-profit jobs as I have over the past three years, I must admit that many of the organizations start to blend together. It happens with companies too, but I feel as though there is distinctly less uniqueness in the non-profit world—maybe because competition affects the “marketplace” very differently when it comes to non-profits. It just seems that there are many organizations that fill similar niches. When I came across the Hip Hop Caucus, it stood out from the pack—probably based on the organization’s name alone—they just sound different. They’re a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that “aims to promote political activism for young U.S. voters using hip-hop music and culture.” Culture is always a great tool for pushing change forward, and hip hop culture is especially vibrant.
The Hip Hop Caucus works to “to empower young people in urban communities to participate in the policy making process,” and they do this with a focus on promoting “social and political equality in the areas of economics, education, health care, housing, the environment and social justice.” While there’s a significant portion of hip hop culture—especially in the mainstream—that has a message at odds with that goal, there’s also a big part of the culture that is much more conscious. And my take is that as Hip Hop Caucus uses hip hop to better the world, they’ll also end up bettering hip hop culture. Hip Hop Caucus is run by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., who happens to be the same guy who helped create P. Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign, so he has experience with this stuff. If you’d like to join his team, you can find Hip Hop Caucus’ jobs on Idealist. Right now they’re only recruiting for senior positions in Program Marketing and Development, but I still think you might want to reach out to them if your interests align with theirs.
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