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It's about time! Let's make Hope happen! 10/30/2021 is the 7th Annual Greater Des Moines Conference For Young Men Of Color, and this year is going to be different!


Young Men, picture yourself performing, exhibiting your art, and selling your merchandise. Mentors, picture them bonding, branding, and building. Everyone, picture us all WINNING! Because Des Moines is Greater when Young Men Of Color are WIN, WIN, WINNING!!!

Thank you to our major sponsors; Polk County Board Of Supervisors, DMACC / Evelyn K. Davis Center, Wells Fargo and Microsoft.

In order to address covid concerns, we are offering both in person and virtual options. There will be dedicated workshops to both options. In person option will be limited to 150 registrants. Virtual option is open to unlimited registrants. Please make sure you specify if you plan to attend in person or virtually when you register.



Utilize arts & culture to

promote Hope where symptoms

of hopeless are prevalent



Confident and competent youth contributing to the success of Iowa's culture.


Equip and empower

youth with tools to

overpower hopelessness

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Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, Edutainment


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Today I know I matter

My choices are mine and mine alone

If I am to succeed

I must take responsibility for my actions

I am more than you can see

I am the product of something divine

No one can put me down unless I let them

Because today I know I matter

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Hip-Hope Inc. Recent Media Coverage:

Saturday 3/7/20

We Are Iowa Channel 5 News (Article and (2) Videos)


"Many Shades of Colour" Friday 3/6/20

Iowa Live


Des Moines Register


"Party Hearty For NAMI" on We Are Iowa 2/14/20


#KidsLivesMatter 'Funraiser' Challenge 2019


Student Witnesses Say Downtown Fight Was Bound to Happen



Drake University Hosts Second Young Men of Color Conference ...


Oct 28, 2017 - DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saturday marks the second year of the Young Men of Color Conference at Drake University. ... You have viable options, you have resources at your disposal, and if you choose to employ those resources, you will be a boss," said Bo James, executive director of Hip-Hope Inc.

Greater Des Moines Community Prayer and Potluck

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Sep 10, 2017

The non-profit Hip Hope organized a community get-together and a donation to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey: Iowa gathering collects donations for storm victims


Sep 9, 2017 - Community group Hip Hope used annual Prayer and Potluck event to donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hip Hope brings hip hop artist Silentó to Des Moines to motivate youth


May 28, 2017 - Hip Hope works to offer youth positive alternatives to engaging with crime.

Two non-profits join forces to help youth of central Iowa


Mar 25, 2017 - Hip-Hope wants to be the ones to do that." James, a graduate of Des Moines East High School, said Hip-Hope Inc. is working on a project titled #KidsLivesMatter to develop and empower the youth of Des Moines. He wants the kids he works with to take accountability and responsibility in the classroom, ...

Hip Hop Artist Silentó Promotes Attendance at Metro Schools | whotv ...


May 26, 2017 - IOWA -- Feeling in the mood to "whip" or "nae nae?" It may be because Silentó, the artist behind the viral song and dance, was in town. Besides being a recording artist, Silentó is part of Kids Lives Matter, a group aimed at getting kids more involved in their communities