Conversation is a catalyst that can jump-start real change in our communities. This is a key belief of Reverend Lennox Yearwood-- or Rev-- as he preferred to be called.

Rev is the president and the CEO of The Hip Hop Caucus and is in town to kick off one of those conversations this weekend. He was joined by Polly Carr, the executive director of the Alaska Center.

"The Caucus was organized with hip-hop artist from artists like Jay Z and Diddy subsidy," Rev said, "and has grown and is helping young people across the country get involved to create real change".

Polly described the focus of The Alaska Center as, "A nonprofit here in Anchorage that engages, empowers and elects Alaskans to stand up for clean water and a strong democracy, and engaging folks with voting and getting involved in the community."

Friday, The Alaska Center will have their annual fundraiser, with the theme "Powering a Brighter Future." That will be at the downtown Marriot in Anchorage, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information on the fundraiser, head to

On Saturday, Rev is hosting a conversation titled, "Our home, our future." That will take place at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club.