LAGUNA BEACH, CA — A class of 2020 Laguna Beach High School graduate has been invited as a finalist to compete for $5,000 at a live virtual event called the Dragon Challenge this Thursday, September 24.
Nathan Solomon and his program partner have spent the last seven months completing the Dragon Kim Fellowship Program to launch their project called “The Hip Hop Workshop.”
The workshop is week-long self-expression and spoken word poetry camp throughout OC. In response to COVID-19, Nathan and his teammate also created an online poetry competition that received hundreds of submissions nationwide.
The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program is a seven-month, hands-on leadership training and mentoring program designed to encourage students to bring out-of-the-box social impact service projects to life from start to finish.
Every Dragon Fellow receives up to $5,000 to launch their project through the Fellowship Program.
After seven months, three projects advance to the Dragon Challenge.
One team will double their funding at the virtual event.
“We felt that hip-hop, throughout its brief history, has been an avenue of self-expression for adolescents and a positive outlet when it feels like you have a lot of things going on in your life,” said Solomon. “I am not doing this out of self-interest; this is just an opportunity for me to impact my community,” he concluded.
The virtual event will take place at 6 p.m. PST on September 24, 2020. RSVP to watch the top three teams compete in front of a panel of corporate leaders for a chance at an additional $5,000 to continue their work.