WBL uses the transformative power of hip-hop to equip young adults for college and career. Its workshops, concerts, festivals, and after-school programs embrace hip-hop a valued part of youth culture that instructors also share in all its forms. Students learn about emceeing and deejaying; they develop skills in graffiti, street art, spoken word poetry, dance, and beat production. An arts management curriculum and alternative spring and winter breaks introduce students to career opportunities in DC's creative sector. Each student is also paired with a volunteer coach during the academic year, receiving regular guidance on the college application and enrollment process. For the 800 students enrolled in the program, WBL staff and volunteers are some of the only college graduates in their lives. WBL shows young people what they are capable of with preparation and a supportive community behind them.

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