Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams has offered internships to 114 high school graduates from Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy.
In a keynote speech last week, the rapper guaranteed “A-list internships” to every 2019 graduate of Promise Academy’s two high schools at the end of their freshman year of college.
The Academy in Harlem, New York, is a charter school that offers free high-quality education kindergarten through 12th grade for its 2,000 students. Admission at the K-12 charter schools is determined by a lottery.
“So, let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them next summer,” Williams said in his keynote speech.
“The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different. And believe it or not, with respect, it’s gonna actually be better,” he continued. “The reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.”
“Thanks to @Pharrell for guaranteeing an internship to every one of our 114 @hczorg #PromiseAcademy graduating seniors – all of whom have been accepted to college – and urging them to be leaders for justice and change in the world,” Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Anne Williams-Isom tweeted.
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