The mission of the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is to use the power of hip-hop music and culture to educate and elevate our community. The Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council (SHSANYC) was established in 2002 as a vehicle for youth empowerment and leadership development in Seattle area following the first Seattle Hip-Hop Summit. SHANYC’s primary goal is to maximize the involvement of the Seattle hip-hop and youth community in the social, political, economic and cultural empowerment of our families, communities and nation; and to work to build coalitions with others who share our vision to transform our society and the global community into a better world. 


SHSANYC seeks to foster initiatives aimed at engaging the Hip-Hop generation in community development issues related to education and literacy, economic advancement, youth leadership development, public safety, voter education and community building. Our strategy uses Hip-Hop as a point of engagement to involve youth in personal and community development activities and expose youth to a variety of career and business opportunities in various fields including entertainment, arts, culture, business administration, entrepreneurship, journalism, film/video, technology, marketing, education, social justice, human services and politics. To maximize its impact, SHSANYC partners with organizations to create out-of-school time youth development programs and activities. The youth council also sponsors regular events focused on educating and empowering youth.  The events give youth the opportunity to have an open forum with artists and industry insiders about the opportunities and realities of the Hip-Hop/entertainment industry and other issues of relevance to the Hip-Hop generation.   


 SHSANYC is the Seattle affiliate of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) founded in 2001 by entertainment mogul Russell Simmons and civil rights veteran Dr. Benjamin Chavis. The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non-profit, worldwide coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change.   

To get involved with or for more information on the Seattle Hip-Hop Action Network Summit Youth Council email info@seattlehiphopsummit.org or call 206.941.2527.  For more information on the Hip Hop Summit Action Network visit http://www.hsan.org.