Sean “Diddy” Combs loves the kids. The rapper, mogul, actor and a host of other descriptors can now add charter school founder to his lengthy resume.
After a five year search, Combs handpicked the Capital Preparatory Schools to open a new school in Harlem for the fall of 2016. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will be run by Dr. Steve Perry, the founder of Capital Preparatory Schools.
“I’m inspired by Sean Combs’ belief that educating our young people is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for them,” said Dr. Perry via a press statement. “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.”
Combs and the school’s board tapped Danita Jones, an Orlando educator, to be its principal. The board is run by longtime Combs adviser Derek Ferguson, and also includes Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, Reverend Georgiette Morgan Thomas and Dr. Perry, amongst others.
“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,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs via a press release. “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.”
Well done, Mr. Combs.
The school will be located at1 East 104th Street, New York, NY. Applications are now being accepted for the 6th and 7th grades. The school will add a grade each year until it reaches a full enrollment of 700 students for grades 6 through 12. Find more info at www.capitalprepharlem.org.