Lauren Schreiber has spent the last four years of her professional career engaging young people through the elements of hip-hop and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams and develop their artistic talents. As director of the Words Beats & Life Academy, Lauren has helped over 300 young people make the connection between their passion for the arts, the pursuit of a post-secondary education, and their own employability. Through her efforts, the academy has expanded enrollment and class offerings, engaged more adult artists, and developed a unique hip-hop curriculum, a mentoring program, consistent performance opportunities, a speaker series, and strategies for college campus exposure for enrolled students.
An artist herself, Lauren released her second solo album in 2010, featuring all original compositions. She is currently working on her first documentary, which will focus on the experiences and complex identity of American Muslim women in the arts. She volunteers with a Muslim youth group at IRHSCA in Capitol Heights, focusing on exploring identity, building community, and providing service. Lauren also teaches spoken word, emceeing, and digital media workshops. She is an experienced community-based events organizer. A lifelong resident of Greenbelt, MD, Lauren received a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with a minor in African diaspora studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2009.