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Sean “Diddy” Combs has announced his plans to open a social justice charter school in Harlem. The school called Capital Prep Harlem will open this year with a sixth and seventh grade class, but will ultimately teach students from grade six to 12.
The school is currently accepting applications from both students and teachers. At the school teachers will go by the name of “illuminators” and the focus will be on social justice. The role of the illuminators will go beyond teaching students and extends into the life of the students outside of school. They will personally help their students get on the college track, check in with their parents every two weeks, and also take time daily to focus on the emotional needs of the students.
The accepted students will be required to find a social justice issue while they are in middle school, and then work on a project to solve the issue throughout the remainder of their education. They will be expected to finish college and then will be encouraged to do something for their community.
In a statement Sean said:
“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. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams.”
The musician is co-founding the school with Steve Perry, who has had a big hand in education reform. Steve recalled first hearing Sean say he wanted to open a school and at the time encouraged him to start an after school program instead, but Sean was intent on going big.