Pharrell Williams gave a commencement speech at Harlem’s Children’s Zone Promise Academy, but he didn’t just offer up words of wisdom and encouragement to the graduating class of 2019. The musician revealed he is guaranteeing internship opportunities next summer for all 114 grads!
After the announcement, Pharrell told the cheering students, “The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different, and believe it or not, with respect, it’s going to be better. The reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Pharrell is “working with the school to create an internship program to give students access to connections in fields they would not get otherwise.” The Grammy-winning artist has a history of generous philanthropic endeavors, including hosting The Yellow Ball, which advocates artist education.
He’s also the founder of From One Hand to AnOTHER Inc., which provides kids with S.T.E.A.M.M.-based (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Motivation) summer camp.