Archive for November, 2009

HEArt @ Starr King

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Chinedu shows off.  It looks like he has lots of fruits in his diet!







Students considered their daily diets through a lesson inspired by abstract expressionism.  Students were each given a piece of paper and asked to consider how much of each food group they ate on a given day.  Using an assortment of sponges, small and large brushes, the students represented their daily diets by painting, splattering, and smearing their papers.  Each color represented a different food group (Red=meats; Green=vegetables; Pink=fruits; Purple=oils; Blue=dairy ; Yellow=grains).


Imari gets her hands dirty as she passes through the different stations of food groups.

HEART @ International Studies Academy

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

As we prepare our minds for the new mural in the Parent Liaison Room, students continued the week with workshops related to self-esteem and self-awareness.  The highlight was Thursday’s activity, the “Emotional Roller Coaster.”  In several rounds, students took turns as Actors and Readers. Readers were equipped with a list from which they got to call out different emotions and sensations for their classmates to act out.  The activity was a huge success and it was fun for all the actors and viewers involved! Next Tuesday, we’ll begin brainstorming ideas for the new mural. One bit of exciting news is that the Parent Liaison Room plans to host a Painting Night with food and music so that students will get a chance to show their parents what we’re all about.

Chris is Itchy!










Jeffery and Braden are Dying of Thirst!

HHH Performs at Donor Circle for the Arts

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

History Through Hip-Hop veterans Adrian, Brandon, and Devert perform original spoken word and hip-hop verses they wrote to the theme “Peace.” In front of a diverse and challenging set of judges, they ripped the stage. Be on the lookout for more from these young MMAPsters.


HHH with the Alphas @ College Track

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The HHH students have been working hard throughout the semester and our now beginning to create their final projects.  This week the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from Stanford University came to HHH to assist teens in creation of their final projects.

Teens, Brothers, and Sisters gather for a group shot after a hard days work!




Alpha brothers and HHH co-director Grant help Malik and Michael with their rhyme and melodies, both teens will be showing off their lyrical talents through verse for the College Track Program night December 18, 2009.








Alpha President Brother Remi Sobomehin and HHH teen Xavier Alvarez create an original loop with a funky bass line and a jazzy blues guitar.






Sam and Jessica listen to the fresh beats being created before taking their turn..








Brothers and Sister help Ayela James with her spoken word piece.  Ayela is very talented and has chosen to write a song for her project, her mentors helped her explore different types of personal inspiration.






Shadie Shepard and Necy Benion work with Alpha brothers on a graffiti piece.  The girls will be creating a family themed poster for their project..



Weekly Update: 11/16/09

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

In addition to HEArt continuing, this week MMAP Stanford student Remi Sobomehin will bring his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and fellow Stanford students to participate in two MMAP events.  On Monday, they’ll visit History Through Hip Hop Program at College Track in East Palo Alto, CA.  On Wednesday, “Painting with the Alphas” will start at 4:00pm at the MMAP Headquarters.  Both events will feature step performances by the Alphas and interactive discussions about life, school and the arts.   HEArt programs will continue at ISA and Starr King in San Francisco, CA and Chavez in EPA.

5:15        History through Hip Hop w/ the Alphas, College Track

5:00 – 6:00       HEArt at ISA (SF)
All day            Teff will be working on the second studio

4:00 – 6:00   Painting with Alphas, MMAP Headquarters

5:00 – 6:00      HEArt at ISA (SF)


3:30 – 5:30      HEArt at Starr King (SF)

12:00 – 2:00   Casting Call, MMAP Headquarters


Monday, November 16th, 2009

At ISA, a new quarter has begun and students in the mural painting class are exploring the topic of Self-Esteem.  After seeing the finished mural from last quarter, parents at ISA asked the mural painting class to do a mural in the Parent Liaison Room! But before the designing the mural, the students will go through a series of visual and performing arts workshops related to drug prevention, peer pressure, and bullying at school.  Last week, the students discussed ways that having high or low self-esteem could affect their ability to fight against peer pressure.

Blanca & BradenBlanca and Braden are pictured acting out a scene about peer pressure.  They rocked their acting skills as they played out different versions of the scene show-casing high and low self-esteem.

HEArt – Starr King

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The 4th and 5th graders at Starr King learned about tricks that advertisers use to promote unhealthy eating options for kids.  Among other things, they were shocked to learn that 63% of foods advertised during kids’ TV shows are for junk food and that advertisers paint, glue and doctor food seen in TV ads.  Students digested the advertising gimmicks by creating their own advertisements for products that would normally be unappealing or boring.   The students considered popular advertisements and mascots that they’d encountered. Four groups got to take over the stage at Starr King to act out their commercials for toilet paper, perfume, a can of clams, and peanut butter.

Taeja and RacquelDorian

Photo 1: One group cleverly advertised their can of clams by having a beautiful mermaid as their mascot.  Racquel is pictured delivering clams to Taeja, the Mermaid.

Photo 2: Initially disappointed to get toilet paper as their product, one group’s creativity shined when the students decided to dress up like mummies. Dorian holds up the toilet paper roll and voices the commercial’s slogan, “Toilet paper: A mummy’s best friend!”

HEArt – Cesar Chavez

Monday, November 16th, 2009

At Chavez, students learned about ways the fast food industry targets their local community in EPA.  Students learned about landmark research studies showing that the density of fast food restaurants is higher near schools and in neighborhoods that have higher levels of poverty and minority populations.  Students discussed their fast food eating habits and concluded that they would like to see healthier food options like Jamba Juice near their schools.  The students then further explored what they’d learned by making collages and sculptures out of fast food wrappers, straws, cartons, and bags collected from a local Taco Bell and McDonald’s.

Corina and Jonathan

Corina and Jonathan are pictured in front of a spread of fast food paraphernalia that they’re using to make collages and sculptures.  The straws were the biggest hit in the 6th and 7th graders’ sculptures!

HHH @ College Track

Thursday, November 5th, 2009



History through hip-hop is turning it up to start off the second half of the semester.. We have two young ladies creating graffiti pieces, a couple young men working on creating a beat line, a co-ed production group mixing rock and rap, and a talented pair of young spoken word divas.  The students will be working on their pieces with help from Grant and Patrick over the next two weeks.

College Track will have a Preview night on December 18, 2009 where each students final project will be displayed.  Parents and community members are invited to attend, and each program instructor is encouraged to engage parents and students.  The HHH students will finish their project next week and then decide if they want to use the same form of Hip-Hop expression for their final project.

HEArt – International Studies Academy – San Francisco

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

On the last day of the quarter, students in the ISA mural painting class take a field trip to Balmy St. in the Mission District. Students have just finished their first mural at ISA and they’re rewarded with a visit to local inspiration.