Haute 100 lister Sean Combs, also known as Puffy or Diddy, has always stressed the importance of an education. The hip-hop mogul has donated millions to Howard University, where he majored as a business major but left after two years in 1990. Continuing his rally for education, Combs is slated to open a charter school where he was born and raised—Harlem, New York.
In a statement, the Harlem native announced the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the fall. The school will be overseen by Capital Prep leader Steve Perry, who founded Capital Prep Magnet School in 2005 in Hartford, Connecticut. Combs also announced creating the school was “a dream come true.”
As stated on the school’s official website, “Capital Prep Harlem is a free, public charter school located in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City providing grades 6–12 with a year-round, college preparatory education that develops lifelong learners, leaders, and agents of social change. Capital Prep Harlem will open for the 2016–2017 school year with 160 students enrolled in the sixth and seventh grades. Capital Prep Harlem’s mission is to provide historically disadvantaged students from Harlem with the college and career-readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.”
Combs hope to expand the school’s enrollment one grade per year, eventually enrolling 700 students in grades six through 12. Capital Prep Harlem is currently taking enrollment applications as well as applications for staff members.
Interested applicants should send a current resume, cover letter outlining interest in becoming a member of the Capital Prep Harlem family, and teaching certification(s) to [email protected].
Current openings include:
Special Education Illuminator
School Social Worker
In addition to expanding his role in the education realm, Combs has announced a Bad Boy reunion. In honor of the late Notorious BIG’s 44th birthday, Combs will reunite with his Bad Boys family for a “One Night Only” concert at the Barclay’s Center. The concert, which will take place May 20th, will feature performances from Puff Daddy and the Family as well as the hip-hop label’s biggest artists – including Mase, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, the Lox, Total, 112, French Montana and Mario Winans – will all perform at the concert, which also promises guest appearances by Mary J. Blige and Jay Z, according to the Rolling Stones.
Tickets will go on sale April 2nd at on Live Nation.