Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs opened the doors to his first charter school in Harlem, New York City Monday, Aug. 29.
WABC ABC 7 New York reports that Combs opened Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School in his old community to improve education.
“I will tell you, I spent a considerable amount of time saying, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’,” educator and collaborator Steve Perry tells the outlet. “Because once we go public with this thing, people are going to question both of us.”
Combs worked with Perry for five years to get the school off the ground.
Now, there are 160 sixth- and seventh-graders entering the school.
Eventually, the entrepreneur’s school will host grades six- 12 with the first class graduating in 2023.
“… They’re going to have a fair playing field,” he says. “And they’re going to be the future leaders of our country.”