Sean “Diddy” Combs is committed to bettering the education system. The music mogul is pledging a cool $1 million to a network of charter schools in The Bronx, Billboard reports. Throughout the years, Diddy has worked closely with Capitol Preparatory Schools’ founder Steve Perry to expand the networks of schools in the tri-state area.
The network of schools already has campuses in the Harlem area of New York City and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Now the school nextork has plans to open a new campus in The Bronx for about 160 6th and 7th graders in September. Their ultimate goal is to expand to 11th grade within the next five years.
The Howard University alum and entertainment mogul understands the importance of an education and relates to the students, especially with his similar experience while growing up in Harlem. “I came from the same environment these kids live in every day,” Diddy said in a statement. “I understand the importance of access to a great education, and the critical role it plays in a child’s future. Our school provides historically disadvantaged students with the college and career skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.”
“We know that the families in the Bronx deserve a high-quality academic alternative to their current system. In fact, 40% of our applicants to our Capital Prep Harlem school, 600 kids, have come from the Bronx so there is a real need to serve students in this area,” Dr.Perry added.
“Mr. Combs’ commitment and leadership continue to inspire us. On behalf of the Capital Prep students, parents and teachers I want to express our sincerest gratitude for such a generous gift.”