NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – 13-time Grammy award winning rapper, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams recently announced guaranteed internships to 114 Harlem high school students after their first year of college.
He made the announcement during his commencement speech at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy’s graduation ceremony last week.
The Academy in Harlem, New York, is a charter school that offers free high-quality education to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Admission to the K-12 school is determined by a lottery. According to the school’s website, its goal is “doing whatever it takes to help our 13,500 kids get to and through college and end the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem.”
Williams has been working with the school to create an internship program to give students access to connections in fields they would not get otherwise. Earlier this year, he also partnered with Verizon to launch a technology-focused curriculum in under-resourced middle schools across the country.
You can check out his commencement speech below:
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Great! – RP @uptowngrandcentral – “So let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them next summer,” commencement speaker @Pharrell Williams told the graduates of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy @harlemchildrenszone this past Wednesday. … All 114 students have received acceptance letters to colleges and universities across the country. “It’s not every day folks see a school of black and brown children who have closed the achievement gap,” said HCZ CEO Anne Williams-Isom @msannehcz. … #Harlem #EastHarlem #ElBarrio #125thStreet #HarlemChildrensZone #Pharrell #Graduation #Happy