The i.am.angel foundation will once again present its TRANS4M Conference and Benefit Concert on January 23, 2014.
will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of its mission the i.am.angel foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship Fund), financial literacy (i.am.home Fund) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track). i.am.angel has a passion to promote and expand education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Athletics and Mathematics (i.am STEAM).
In February of 2012, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation held its first TRANS4M conference and benefit concert targeting the TRANS4Mation of will.i.am’s home town community – Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, California. In 2013, TRANS4M grew to include the inaugural class of 60 i.am College Track students and a visit from President Bill Clinton. The 2014 TRANS4M conference and benefit concert on Thursday, January 23rd will continue to chart their growth and expand our potential.
TRANS4M is a conference sponsored by the i.am.angel Foundation co-hosted by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Principal Engineer at Intel. TRANS4M is a collection of conversations, catalysts and performances geared towards a shared aspiration. The conference leverages a collaborative effort among businesses, non-profits, government, and community volunteers to promote innovation and solve large chronic problems. TRANS4M is where big ideas meet up with even bigger collective potential to deliver tangible results to the community.
will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas have been hosting charitable events on the Thursday before the Grammys for over 10 years. The benefit concert has become the Grammy weekend kick-off event in Los Angeles. It brings an eclectic group of performers for a once in a lifetime musical experience. Past performers at the benefit concert have included: The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sergio Mendes, Erykah Badu, David Guetta, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Pink, Macy Gray, Common, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef Jean, Mos Def and many others.
In 2013 more than 1,700 guests packed the house at Avalon Hollywood to hear performances by will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Coco Lee, Ludacris and Bobby Brown. The event generated more than $3.3 million in donations and partnership grants to continue funding TRANS4Mation in Boyle Heights. The venue featured various STEAM-themed exhibits including a fighter jet, a lunar rover; a hovercraft and the i.am ART lounge. The TRANS4M benefit concert is more than just another fundraiser. TRANS4M is where the world’s greatest entertainers meet the innovators of today to create a greater collective potential for tomorrow.
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