Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is putting his money where his rhymes are and investing in a new charter school in Harlem. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School is set to open in Fall 2016.
The father of six spent the last five years meeting with education experts and community leaders looking for ways to improve educational opportunities in the area and ultimately teamed with Renowned Capital Preparatory Schools for the project, according to a release.
“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 rapper said in a statement. “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.”
“I’m inspired by Sean Combs’ belief that educating our young people is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for them,” Capital Preparatory Schools founder Dr. Steve Perry, who will also serve on the school board, said. “Sean and I have spent many long hours over the last five years talking about education and how best to meet the needs of the young people of Harlem, and I couldn’t be more pleased to continue this journey through the opening of the school.”
The school will be located at 1 East 104th Street in New York City. It will serve 6th and 7th graders upon opening, and plans to expand one grade per year until it has reached 700 students in grades 6 through 12. For further details, visit WeAreCapitalPrep.org.