The class of 2019 from the Promise Academy in Harlem not only graduated from high school recently, but also scored a summer internship, thanks to Pharrell.
The Grammy-award winning superstar was invited to the school to give an inspirational speech at last week’s graduation ceremony. He surprised the 114 teenagers – who have all been accepted into college – with news that he would find them an internship in their respective fields.
“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 said. “The reason why, is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.“
Pharrell has been working with the school to create an internship program to help students gain access to connections they otherwise may not have access to.
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His generous move follows in the footsteps of Robert F. Smith, a billionaire businessman who’s paying off all student debts for the 2019 Morehouse College grads.