During his commencement speech at the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy last week, Pharrell Williams surprised everyone by guaranteeing all 114 graduating students internships after their first year of college.
The Academy in Harlem, New York, is a charter school that offers free high-quality education to those ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade for its 2,000 students, all of whom gained admission via lottery or waiting lists. The institution focuses on establishing healthy lifelong habits for young people, with freshly made breakfasts and lunches everyday, access to medical services, as well as longer days and school years to allow students to really submerge themselves in their subjects.
Williams has been working with the school to create an internship program to give attendees access to connections in fields they may not get otherwise. The 13-time Grammy-winning singer-producer said to the students: “The world is watching Harlem, but this Renaissance will be different. And believe it or not, with respect, it’s gonna actually be better. And the reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.” Where the internships will be is currently unknown, but based on Pharrell’s track record of accomplishing his goals, the graduates can rest easy knowing that they are in good hands. Watch a clip of his speech below.
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