Pharrell Williams surprised the high school graduates at the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy with an amazing opportunity.
The Grammy-winning producer was a keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony this week. And during his speech, he promised the 114 graduates internships opportunities.
“So let me be clear, every member of the 2019 graduating class, is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you, next summer,” Pharrell said in a video posted by Harlem’s Children’s Zone. “It’s one thing to be ‘woke,’ another to be awake, leaned in and engaged.”
The Promise Academy‘s k-12 charter schools promise their students the opportunity to go to college.
“The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different,” said Williams during his speech. “Believe it or not, with respect, it’s going to actually be better and the reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.”