our mission

Hip Hop Heals is a progressive entity formed by Lauren Collins in 2006 with the purpose of providing a variety of therapeutic interventions through hip hop music. HHH is comprised of 2 foundational programs: the Hip Hop Heals Curriculum and Hip Hop Heals Most DEAFinitely; both aim to create an expressive environment through which individual participants gain confidence and a better understanding of self. The HHH Curriculum is run through Laudable Enterprises as a for profit entity, whereas HHHMD is run by the Hip Hop Heals Foundation, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3, charitable organization.

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May 27, 2011

Wants to give a huge congratulations to the whole Hip Hop Heals Most DEAFinitely Dance Company: Rafael Tejera, Shanika Hewitt, Jasmine Archer, Kevin Tua and Shakenna Stephens for their wonderful 1st mini-perfor...
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hiphopheals foundation

the foundation

The Hip Hop Heals Foundation was founded in 2009 to provide the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with access to hip hop dance classes, workshops and hip hop culture in general. Other facets to HHHF's mission are: (1) to break down the barriers that exist between the general public and the Deaf community; (2) to provide the mainstream community with education and insight into Deaf culture and especially American Sign Language; and, (3) to promote a better understanding of all the implications of Deafness when it comes to communication, cultural differences and daily functioning in one of the loudest cities in the world: New York City.

hiphopheals most deafinitely

most deafinitely

Hip Hop Heals Most DEAFinitely Dance Company is the first ever all Deaf & Hard of Hearing hip hop dance company in New York City. Founder Lauren Collins and lead hip hop choreographer Jamie J work together weekly with this vibrant young group to create in-your-face hip hop performances that showcase the unique talents and dance abilities of the HHHMDDC's members. HHHMD provides Hip Hop dance classes and workshops for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals; the Dance Company is a new part of HHHMD's repertoire.


the curriculum

The Hip Hop Heals Curriculum is a structured 12 week program, guided by weekly one hour group sessions. Each session uses rap music and hip hop culture as a starting point for safe discussion of the issues faced daily by at-risk populations. Hip Hop Heals Creator Lauren Collins can customize the program to work specifically with the needs of your institution and/or population. Flexible, effective and easy to implement, HHH promotes positive development and emboldens individuals to find the will for the rewarding process of personal growth and necessary change.