Our Mission Statement

The JVN Project is a collective centered on using the genre and culture of Hip-Hop as a tool of empowerment. It is an organization instituted by students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison inspired by the life of 19-year- old Chicagoan artist and UW-Madison student John Vietnam Nguyễn - emcee, poet, dancer, music engineer, and activist.

The JVN Project uses Hip-Hop’s core values as a framework for developing its programs and initiatives. These include a commitment to literacy, the uplifting of underprivileged communities through the arts, the redirection of violent, unproductive, and/or and self-destructive energies, youth mentorship, social justice initiatives, and the provision of platforms for others to share their story.