Diddy is donating $1 million to open a charter school in the Bronx, according to the mogul’s Instagram. He’ll be donating to “open the third outpost of Dr. Steve Perry’s Capital Prep Charter School in the near future.,” according to Complex.
In the video, he explains:
“Special announcement. I just got the news. Dr. Steven Perry and myself, we have just been awarded our third charter school. Guess what? We coming to the Bronx!…BX in the house. Shout out to the Bronx, we coming to the Bronx.”
“It’s about educating our children, bringing them up as leaders, bringing them up to fight for social justice, preparing them for this world that we live in. I take education seriously, it’s my passion.”
Founder Stever Perry added:
“We know that the families in the Bronx deserve a high-quality academic alternative to their current system. In fact, 40 percent 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.”
“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.”
He added that he’s donating the million dollars to “make sure the school gets off on the right foot.”
Diddy is known as one of the most philanthropic rappers out there. Since 1995, the artist has raised money for The Boys and Girls Club and even saved one in Harlem from shutting its doors. After Katrina, he was one of the most vocal celebrities out there raising money for victims, even donating pieces from his clothing line to those who lost everything in the hurricane. From running in marathons to raising money for public schools, the amount of charities the rapper supports and donates to is hard to even list.
The Capital Prep Charter school says its mission is to provide “historically disadvantaged students with the college and career readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.”
USA Today reports that “Capital Preparatory Schools has been approved to open in September with 160 6th- and 7th-graders. The goal is to expand to 650 students in grades six through 11 over five years, according to an announcement on Tuesday.”
Diddy has worked with Prep founder Steve Perry before to open charter schools in Connecticut and Harlem.