29 Aug Sean “Diddy” Combs Officially Opened Capital Prep Harlem Charter School
Sean 'Diddy' Combs officially opened Capital Prep Harlem Charter School on August 29, 2016 in New York City. The rapper and mogul, a Harlem native, approached Capital Preparatory Schools in 2011 with the idea of opening a school in his hometown, with the goal of "[expanding] educational opportunities for young men and women in Harlem and [building] leaders from the community." Over the next five years, Combs worked with the founder of Capital Prep, Dr. Steve Perry, "to build community support and enlist a team of educators, parents and business leaders to bring the idea to fruition."
"Creating this school is a dream come true for me," Combs said in a release. "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."