Of all the things chess can give a child, the most beautiful thing is a smile. That smile usually reflects the joy of a young person realizing their inner wisdom.
By helping them identify their intelligence, without trying to guide it, my organization has helped many teens leave the street life and choose education and peace as a life path. Chess for the sake of chess itself is not why kids in the ‘hood play. They play to learn how chess is like life.
I founded the Hip-Hop Chess Federation in 2006 in the San Francisco bay area. We are the first 501(c)3 non-profit to fuse music and chess to help kids make better decisions in life.