Raise Up is an online hip hop and spoken word competition for youth ages 15-22. Youth who enter are asked to speak on the national high school drop out crisis. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28.
"My classmates and I were all unintentionally killing ourselves at 13 Targets, guzzling down a soda while walking past wheelchair amputees and crack addicts because we weren't aware of our own bodies collapsing after the sweet euphoric sting leapt from our tongue."
Although homelessness is often represented in the media with one stereotypical image, there is no one face to homelessness. In 2002, it was estimated that more than 1.6 million youth experience homelessness in the US each year.