Pharrell Williams Wants Virginia Low-Income Families For His New Private School
Virginia native Pharrell Williams is doing his part to make sure low-income families are “happy” with their education goals. The musician/entrepreneur is launching a private school for those who can’t afford to send their children to a regular private school.
Williams is doing this through his non-profit initiative, Yellow, a 501(C)(3) non-profit established by the eclectic music producer to even the odds for all kids through education.
“Change starts at home and scales to the world. From the imagination of Virginia-native Pharrell Williams, in consultation with education futurists and @NASA scientists, we are excited to launch YELLOWHAB—an immersive educational environment that sparks imagination in a story-filled space where children transcend the everyday on a journey for deeper learning. YELLOWHAB is an independent micro-school providing customized learning pathways that serve individual students’ unique needs and aptitudes and prepares them to thrive in life with a new and innovative model launching Fall 2021.
“YELLOW admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.”
In a statement to The Virginian-Pilot, Williams said, “If the system is fixed and unfair, then it needs to be broken. We don’t want lockstep learning where so many kids fall behind; we want bespoke learning designed for each child, where the things that make a child different are the same things that will make a child rise up and take flight.”
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