As an educator, it is important to me to highlight those who are champions for education. Here’s a list of celebrities of color that are doing their part to impact the lives of our future.
When it comes to philanthropy goals, Shakira is it. Giving of her time as well as her purse, Shakira is the ambassador for not one, but 3 organizations that are centered around improving education for Hispanic children worldwide. At the young age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia. The sole purpose of Pies Descalzos Foundation is to improve the quality of education, health, and nutrition of children. She’s also on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, ALAS Foundation, and UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. She’s definitely leading by example to impact change for children.
Bollywood actress and Miss World 2000 has stepped up as a feminist and philanthropist. She has created the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education which benefits underprivileged girls across the country. The foundation pays for health and medical expenses for children in India.
Though she may be young, Selena Gomez is definitely making her mark in the educational philanthropy world. She’s broken a record by becoming UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador. In addition to her works with UNICEF, Selena contributes to a number of charities that focus on education. The Malala Fund, 10×10, and Rosie’s Theater Kids name just a few of the organizations that have benefited from Selena’s generosity.
If you’ve watched an awards show, at some point you’ve seen Pitbull dressed up in his his signature Miami style suits. What you may not have known about Pitbull is that he’s invested in the education of the children in his hometown Miami, FL. He has opened a public charter school named Sports Leadership and Management Academy. His connection to charter schools is one that hits home, his children attend charter schools.
Jalen Rose has been a staunch supporter of educator since early on in his basketball career. He founded the Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable fund in order to support the development of programs that help under-served youth as well as distribute grants to non-profit organizations and college scholarships. He has created the University of Michigan Endowed Scholarship which helps a student who either lives in an inner city in Michigan or is a minority. Students that receive this scholarship can renew it provided they continue to meet the requirements.
Rapper Ludacris has been a champion for education for 15 years now. The Ludacris Foundation has 3 branches that work towards making life better for youth in every aspect. He has been awarded multiple philanthropy awards and plays a very involved part in all of the foundation’s actions.
Tennis phenom Serena not only dominates the tennis court, she also is making a name in the realm of philanthropy. Like others mentioned in this list; she is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her Beyond the Burroughs National Scholarship fund helps students that are still in need of funds to attend college after other financial aid has been awarded. She also champions for education outside of America with Build Africa Schools.