The 2019 graduating class of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy got a major surprise when guest speaker, Pharrell Williams, offered up more than just an empowering speech.
The ten-time Grammy winner announced to the graduating class that he would be offering all 114 high school graduates from the New York charter school a summer internship.
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Great! – RP @uptowngrandcentral – “So let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them next summer,” commencement speaker @Pharrell Williams told the graduates of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy @harlemchildrenszone this past Wednesday. … All 114 students have received acceptance letters to colleges and universities across the country. “It’s not every day folks see a school of black and brown children who have closed the achievement gap,” said HCZ CEO Anne Williams-Isom @msannehcz. … #Harlem #EastHarlem #ElBarrio #125thStreet #HarlemChildrensZone #Pharrell #Graduation #Happy
“So let me be clear: For every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed…an internship waiting for them…you…next summer.”
We are in the midst of the new Harlem Renaissance with education at its core. Which is why I’ve promised an internship next summer for every student of the @hczorg Promise Academy #ClassOf2019, all of whom were accepted to college. ðððð¾ pic.twitter.com/P9IcvVA69a— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 27, 2019
The students and the crowd went wild in celebration. He said that he wanted to be part of “a new Harlem Renaissance” sharing a photo of himself on Twitter with the graduating class.
As if graduating wasn’t exciting enough, these students will now also have internships that will shine on their resumÃ©s.