“How many of you guys listen to the Breakfast Club?” Angela Yee, host of the Power 105.1 morning show, asks a sea of students in the auditorium of The High School of Fashion Industries in New York City on Tuesday morning (April 14). After a loud uproar, Yee fires back, “I’m going to have to talk to your parents then,” as laughter erupts in the venue.
Yee and R&B star Ne-Yo have taken over the school’s auditorium in efforts to congratulate the student body for consecutively winning the second round of the Capital One Bank NYC College challenge with the highest rate of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)enrollment. A total of 68 percent of students completed the FAFSA application, which also marks a 20 percent increase from last year. Student ambassadors from The School for Human Rights and The Bronx Lighthouse Charter School also were in attendance as the contest’s runner-ups.
Ne-Yo was crowned HSFI’s principal for the day in conjunction with Get Schooled, a nationwide non-profit organization designed to help motivate students to enroll in college. Sporting his signature fedora, the seasoned crooner was a crowd favorite and sang along to his hits like “Miss Independent.”
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The star power helps motivate the students to make education a priority, which is why Capital One partners with organizations like Get Schooled to get celebrities into the mix.
“It’s hip and it reaches the students that we want to reach, which are students that may doubt themselves at times because of either their grades, accessibility or affordability,” said Edward Montesdeoca, Capital One Bank’s Regional Executive. “So it’s such a great program to reach the students that probably need it the most.”
Ne-Yo felt it was his responsibility to promote and push for education given his platform. “People know me a little bit more than they know the average man,” he said. “I have a slightly different microphone and I have to make sure people know this is an issue that needs to be reached.”
He offered a few words of encouragement, as well. “A lot of people are going to tell you ‘no,’” he said. “As opposed to talking to people, you have to show them.”