21 Savage started a financial literacy program for Atlanta students a couple of years ago, and he wants to ensure their learning isn’t halted while they’re at home because of COVID-19.
Savage partnered with financial services company Chime and education outfit EverFi to create Bank Account at Home, a no-cost web tool that will allow students to learn financial literacy where they reside.
Savage and Chime also donated tablets and Wi-Fi to students in Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 6 district through a partnership with the #ATLStrong Relief Fund that was created by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Savage grew up in the East Atlanta area, which overlaps Zone 6.
In 2018 he launched the 21 Savage Bank Account campaign to help children in Atlanta’s underserved communities learn about finances while providing them with career counseling.
Savage said that some who received jobs through the 21 Savage Bank Account program are now unemployed due to pandemic-related slowdowns, which encouraged him to create a virtual part of the program.
“Now that times are hard as ever during this pandemic and so many families are affected across the country I feel it’s more important than ever to give our next generation the tools to succeed in life,” he said in a statement.
Savage’s Bank Account at Home program is just one of the ways he’s been helping Georgia students.
In August 2019 he held his fourth annual Issa Back 2 School Drive in Decatur, Georgia, where over 2,000 students received backpacks filled with school supplies. They also were given health screenings and free haircuts.
Additionally, Savage gave $15,000 to nonprofit Juma at that time so young people could open bank accounts.
The Grammy-winning artist shared news of Bank Account at Home Thursday, July 2, on Instagram, and some said he’s doing what schools should have been doing all along.
“Major respect 21, schools have to be teaching this,” read one comment.
“At least someone teaching us because school sure as hell ain’t,” wrote someone else.