The musician and philanthropist witnessed how his £500,000 donation, via his i.am.angel foundation, is helping young people build the digital skills they need to find a job.
He was able to take part in playing a newly-created 3D printed musical instrument, created by the young people, which was today being showcased at the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition, which runs until 14 September.
The week-long course, Get Started with Product Design delivered in partnership with Makerversity, is designed to introduce unemployed young people to creative technologies and digital product design, building their skills, confidence and creativity so that they are able to find a job in the future.
will.i.am, through his i.am.angel Foundation, has supported more than 800 disadvantaged young people through Prince’s Trust programmes focusing on technology and digital skills, following his donation in 2012. The funding has also supported a further 3,600 young people through short inspirational STEM sessions, run in partnership with the Science Museum
will.i.am said: "I am so proud that my work with The Prince’s Trust is giving young people from vulnerable backgrounds the chance to join the digital revolution and make a valuable contribution to modern society.
“Around the world I have witnessed how unemployment, a lack of education, poverty and disadvantage can permeate someone’s path in life. I have no doubt that a kid from Brixton or Birmingham can create something that changes the world, with The Trust’s help.”
The i.am.angel Foundation was launched by will.i.am in 2009 to transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity.
Tara Leathers, Prince’s Trust Fundraising Director said: "will.i.am’s donation has been a catalyst for The Prince’s Trust, creating a momentum that has brought technology to the forefront of our work with young people.
“The aspiration is to equip tens of thousands of young people with the digital skills to help them find work and embed digital training across all of our courses. We can’t thank will enough for the generous support he has given The Trust.”
Source: Prince's Trust