Saturday, August 1, 2009

Chess takes to and from the streets

Above: Chess Life magazine (USCF) August 2009
Here's the plan...HHCF and HHCF East

The initiative I am working on with the Norfolk Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit is a combination anti-crime/educational program that would be city-wide (working title) Hip-Hop Chess Kings & Queens: Life Strategies Program. Just like Adisa Banjoko put it together, Melding music, chess. The East twist is adding the component of a dedicated corps. of volunteers from the Norfolk Public Schools, Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education graduate students, Norfolk Police, workforce development, Opportunity Inc., social services, parks and recreation employees and my former high school students who have already been through the program for 1 year at Ryan Academy, Norfolk as part of the pilot program/partnership with Adisa Banjoko, Founder of The Hip-Hop Chess Federation, SanFrancisco, Ca.

What HHCF Kings & Queens Program does:
Decreases violence in schools/ the community reduces vandalism of city parks & rec. facilities.
Improves standardized test scores (*see documentation below).
Improves critical thinking, reasoning, math and reading skills.(*see documentation below).

Players city-wide will come to Hip-Hop Chess events weekly and work their way up the chess ladder ranks to tournaments for scholarships. Very important to at-risk/low-income kids who just need some money for community college, or job skills training courses.

We hope to reduce the fiscal burden on the city by soliciting corporate and community sponsorships:

Adopt-a-Chess-Park: Outdoor chess tables for city parks. 4 tables per park. Each concrete table is topped with a bronze & terazzo chess board inset (created by Norfolk Sculptor Kevin Gallup with the aid of the VoTech students.
Cost: $250 per chess table. 4 tables per park.
Sponsorships for individual tables or adopt a chess park for $1,000.

HHCF Scholarship Sponsors: Donations to help sustain the Norfolk Police Dept. Chess tournament scholarship fund. King = $10,000+, Queen = $5,000, Castle = $3,000, Knight = $1,000 Bishop = $500, Pawn2Power under $500.

Adopt-a-Norfolk High School: It costs $5,000 for one year of Hip-Hop Chess Kings & Queens one-on-one in the classroom instruction in a high school for one year. Norfolk has 5 high schools. It will cost Norfolk Public Schools $25,000 to increase standardized test scores, boost self-esteem and take violence off the table via a two-day-per-week per school prograkm with the author and a rotating slate of chess and life strategies experts.

CONTACT: Lisa Suhay

See HHCF mainline videos and HHCF East online:
HHCF Obama chess invite

Suhay Radio interviews
A face changed:
Congressman Glenn Nye plays chess with Suhay students:
B&N Chess fundraiser:

Overview: Students will learn to play chess while absorbing the entire story of its history from the Middle East in 500 B.C., through the introduction of the queen during the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Spain. Students will explore the parallels between chess and life in general and in their own lives. Classes will revolve around the game, its history and application to life strategies that students will learn to apply to their own life situations. They will keep Commonplace books ala Thomas Jefferson, containing their favorite quotations, one-liners, poetry and words of wisdom to be used in “Chess Slams” on the chess clock.

Students will compete in mini-blitz chess tournaments to gain position on the class “chess ladder” system and will become eligible to compete in live, online chess scholarship tournaments as well as in city, state and national scholarship tournaments.

Participants with music, poetry writing, rap, hip-hop, instrumental or artistic talents will be encouraged to find applications for their art to the game and vice versa. All students enrolled in the Kings & Queens program will be part of the city-wide Street Chess League to be run by the Norfolk police Department’s Crime Prevention Division. The league will be a rotating series of chess/music/art happenings around the city’s parks, libraries and recreation centers after school and during the summer. League members will play against members of the police department, Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education, Opportunity Inc.’s workforce development personnel and chess masters/grandmasters, musicians and martial arts masters who reside in Hampton Roads and who call the game of chess their intellectual home.

Reference: Adisa Banjoko, Founder Hip-Hop Chess Federation (408) 449-9810
"In these times of financial stress we see violence is rising as bank balances drop. It’s critical that young people get a chance to learn directly from the stars and athletes, how to make good life choices," said HHCF CEO Adisa Banjoko. "We greatly appreciate the time these artists give to the young people. We look forward to a big crowd, banging beats and making major moves on the boards."
Banjoko added, "We have recently launched pilot programs at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco and The Ryan Academy in Norfolk, VA. Our students were moved by the story and we appreciate GMA Weekend for finding value in what we do."
View GMA video (aired nationally on 2/15) online at . The story follows HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko as he works with Wu-Tang Clans RZA to help show inner city youth more options in life.


Miranda said...

great blog.You should consider networking with the moms in the bizymoms Norfolk community. i am sure they too will have some ideas to share

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