Last week, will.i.am – musician and STEM education advocate – hosted Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson as they toured the i.am College Track after-school tutoring center in will.i.am’s hometown neighborhood of Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, California.
The visit was part of an information exchange between the i.am College Track program and iDEA, a recently launched Digital Enterprise Award, which aims to support more than 1 million young people in the U.K. to develop their digital skills and business ideas over the next five years. will.i.am serves on the Steering Board of iDEA. The Duke of York chairs the Steering Board. Learn more at www.onemillionyoungideas.org.uk.
Students in the i.am College Track Boyle Heights program hosted a facility tour, showing The Duke of York project-based learning designed to teach computer graphics, robotics and Mandarin Chinese. After the tour, will.i.am and The Duke of York addressed students during an assembly. During the assembly The Duke of York invited i.am College Track students to visit the UK and to meet and interact with iDEA initiative participants who attend Hackney Community College in greater London.
Musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am is President of the i.am.angel foundation. The foundation operates an after-school STEM-focused tutoring center, i.am College Track, in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles. The center serves 120 at-risk, underserved high school students who receive the equivalent of one extra year of high school education with the mission of keeping every student in school and earning grades that will qualify them to graduate and then attend college/university. To learn more about the foundation and its programs, please visit www.iamangelfoundation.org.