Sean “Diddy” Combs has partnered with well-known educator Dr. Steve Perry in hopes of changing the direction of today’s youth. Diddy credits his success-driven mentality to his mother who worked hard to ensure he received the best education available. Concerned about the education system, Combs connected with the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School to support his vision for Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School this fall. Perry will lead the school and social justice will be the emphasis.
Capital Prep, as it is called, is looking to expand its talented family of educators. All instructors will be responsible for lighting the way for students on their educational paths. The school will refer to teachers as Illuminators who are committed to providing students with an invigorating and enriching educational experience. The staff is expected to be fully vested in the success of each student by problem-solving and collaborating to ensure achievement.
As those who are responsible for lighting the way as students embark upon their educational paths, illuminators must be dedicated to providing students with an enriching and invigorating educational experiences. Diddy explained his reasoning for opening the school on his Instagram account as follows:
It’s so important that we get to our kids early. I feel like the reason I was able to be so successful was because I was blessed with a mother who busted her tail to really give me a great education. She sent me to private schools because she wanted to give me the best opportunity. We don’t have a lot of those opportunities in our different cities, and in our different communities, and I wanted to do something bigger than opening up a community center or just giving a donation. I wanted to do something that was long-term.
The principal of Capital Prep Harlem, Danita Jones, explained that illuminators are more than mere teachers. They are called to literally co-parent. This includes checking in on their social-emotional needs, helping them get into a four-year college, helping to identify and solve problems in the community as well as phone calls every other week with the parents. According to Diddy, a major portion of the work extends beyond the classroom in order to truly impact the lives of today’s youth. The music producer said:
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. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams.
The partnership is paramount due to the success Perry has already experienced in educating youth. The Harlem charter school will begin this fall with sixth and seventh graders. The school plans to expand one grade per year, eventually enrolling 700 students throughout grades six through 12. Combs provided staff and office space in New York to launch the school, however, the musician’s day-to-day involvement is yet to be determined.
Sean “Diddy” Combs sought out Dr. Steve Perry’s assistance for several years before he agreed. Combs is seeking to develop lifelong learners, leaders, and agents of social change through Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School. Both men have experienced huge success in their particular career fields and believe their new joint venture will prove to be just as prosperous in the lives of today’s youth.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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