Diddy Just Pledged $1 Million to Open a School for Underserved Students
"I take education seriously. It's my passion."
Diddy just announced he’s giving back to his community in a big way.
The New York native pledged to donate $1 million to open a third Capital Preparatory School in the Bronx on Tuesday, BBC reports.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper shared the news in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
“It’s about educating our children, bringing them up as leaders, bringing them up to fight for social justice. Preparing them for this world we live in,” he said.
I have some special amazing news!! We are opening up our THIRD SCHOOL - CAPITAL PREP CHARTER SCHOOL is coming to the BRONX in 2019!! We have schools in Bridgeport, CT, Harlem and soon THE BRONX! Shoutout to Dr. Steve Perry for helping this DREAM become a REALITY and thank you to all the faculty and staff, and the students for their hard work and support! I know from my own experience that receiving a great education makes a huge impact on a child's future. I want our kids to have access to everything they need to succeed, in school and life. Which is why I'm also pledging $1,000,000 to help give our kids every advantage possible. This is bigger than just me, this is my passion, this is my calling, and we still have lots of work to do ... so LET’S GOOOO!!! For more information on the Capital Prep Bronx please go to www.wearecapitalprep.org to donate and support!!! #CapitalPrepHarbor #CapitalPrepHarlem #CapitalPrepBronx Shoutout to BX!
Diddy has already worked with Capital Prep school founder Dr. Steve Perry to open locations in Harlem, where he grew up, and Bridgeport, Connecticut.
"What he's done with his investment is embody what we expect students to do, which is to invest their resources in our communities,” Perry said in a statement.
The hip-hop mogul, who said he learned firsthand how receiving an education can affect a child’s future, has prioritized investing in education throughout his career.
"I take education seriously. It's my passion," said the philanthropist, who delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater, Howard University, in 2014 and donated $1 million to the school two years later.
Capital Prep is pleased with its achievements so far. The school says its been able to send 100% of its low-income, students of color, first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated at in 2006.
The Bronx could certainly use the boost. The borough has the highest school dropout rate in New York City, according to Mayor de Blasio office.
The new Bronx location plans to enroll 160 students in the 6th and 7th grades in September 2019, then expand to bring in 650 students from grades 6th through 11th over the next five years.