Diddy Opens New Charter School In Harlem

Entertainer Sean Combs delivers the commencement address during the 2014 graduation ceremonies at Howard University in Washington May 10, 2014. Combs talked about his time as a student at Howard more than 25 years ago, and leaving the school prior to completing his degree.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Entertainer Sean Combs delivers the commencement address during the 2014 graduation ceremonies at Howard University in Washington May 10, 2014. Combs talked about his time as a student at Howard more than 25 years ago, and leaving the school prior to completing his degree. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

UPDATE 8/31/16:

On Monday, Combs was in attendance to celebrate the opening of Capital Preparatory Harlem.

“Great schools and great education make a big difference,” he said during a speech to students and faculty. “Unfortunately, too many people don’t get the opportunity to succeed, no matter how hard they try. This is leveling the playing field here at Capital Prep.”

Previously: It appears Sean Combs is diddy-bopping his way to improving New York City’s education system.

The acclaimed Capital Preparatory Schools announced on Monday that it has tapped the multi-hyphenated mogul to open a new charter school in Harlem this fall. For the Harlem-native, opening the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School is a “dream come true.”

“I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education,” Combs said in a statement provided to The Huffington Post. “Every young person should have the tools they need to succeed. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams. That is something I can impact with this school.”

Joining Combs’ milestone venture will be educator and founder of Capital Preparatory Schools, Dr. Steve Perry, who will oversee the school and Orlando-based educator Danita Jones, who has been named as the school’s principal. Additional educators are expected to be named prior to the school’s fall opening.

Over the course of five years Combs met with local leaders and education experts, such as Dr.Perry, to outline the school’s groundwork to enrich the lives of Harlem students.

 

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Source: Black Voices | Brennan Williams