Sean 'Diddy' Combs Opening a School in His Native Harlem: It's 'a Dream Come True for Me'
"Every young person should have the tools they need to succeed," said Combs
He’s “Coming Home” to make a difference.
Sean ”Diddy” Combs will open a charter school in Harlem this fall.
For the past five years, the hip-hop vet – who grew up in the New York City borough – has been meeting with community leaders and working with education experts to give the neighborhood’s youth more opportunities.
“Creating this school is a dream come true for me. 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,” the Voice advisor, 46, said. “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.”
The Grammy winner – who recently teamed up with fellow AQUQhydrate investor Mark Wahlberg to donate one million bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, amid its contamination crisis – tapped education organization Capital Preparatory Schools and its founder, Dr. Steve Perry, to found the institution.
Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will begin teaching grades 6 and 7 in its first year before expanding a grade each year until it’s a 6-12 school. (Prospective students and staff can apply at www.capitalprepharlem.org.)