Jay-Z’s Roc Nation aims to help underprivileged students in Philly – NBC10 Philadelphia

Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, aims to help underprivileged students in Philadelphia.

On Friday, the organization announced plans for an educational campaign for Philadelphia that will secure about $300 million in scholarships for lower-income children to attend one of the city’s many private schools .

The organization will host a series of events across the region from June 10 through June 21, with the goal of educating the public and sharing information about the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) – also known as Senate Bill 757.

The legislation aims to expand educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth who attend the state’s lowest-performing public schools.

“We have had such a special bond with the people of Philadelphia, so we have made it our mission to invest in the long-term success of the city’s changemakers,” Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy Dania Diaz said in a press release. “Impact starts with the students and with awareness. We want to give youth and families the knowledge to pursue their college dreams, make their voices heard and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

The organization said eligibility for students would depend on family income. The PASS program will offer various grant amounts, such as $2,500 for half-day preschoolers, $5,000 for K-8 grades, $10,000 for grades 9-12 and $15,000 for students with special needs.

The funds would be provided by the government and would not reduce the overall budget for educational programming in public schools, the organization said.

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Roc Nation has been part of the Philadelphia community since 2012 and has been organizing the Made in America Festival for years.

The organization has also worked closely with the REFORM Alliance in Philadelphia over the years on legislation that has helped transform the state’s probation and parole system.

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