The Flobots, a Denver hip-hop band that gained fame with the hit single "Handlebars," are collaborating with other artists, development workers and partners from the worlds of government and big business to benefit Denver high school students.

The result is Youth on Record, a nonprofit formed by the alternative-rap group that brings professional performers from a range of genres, with an emphasis on hip-hop, to provide arts education in Denver Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district.

Educators say the program can help keep students engaged long enough to earn a high school diploma.

It now reaches 700 students in four high schools and two residential substance abuse treatment centers. Youth on Record this year opened offices with classrooms and a recording studio in a Denver Housing Authority high-rise.