T.I. Creates Opportunities for Teens Through Money Talk Initiative
T.I. recently put his money where his mouth is in a new partnership with TIDAL. As a part of the “Money Talk Initiative” the rapper is making good on his promise to donate money to a program of his choice that educates and employs teens.
In May, the self-proclaimed “King of the South” announced the initiative in which he would match his money with educational fundraisers. With TIDAL, he would match funds up to $250,000 to an organization with the most innovative idea to empower teens.
Organizations were asked to submit proposals via T.I. and Tidal’s Crowd Rise site, and then drive people to donate to their causes by using the hashtag #TIDALXMONEYTALK on social media.
In the end, T.I. ended up choosing not just one organization, but six donating $35,000 to each. The finalists are as follows:
Fate Loves The Fearless : Education and mentorship program to help Detroit youth excel in school; funds raised will go towards the renovation of a new facility
Shaw Inspires “Teen-Preneurs”: In-school, after school, weekend and summer mentoring and leadership program for youth ages 11-25; funds raised will help the program expand to Baltimore and Charleston
The Musicianship’s 2016 Summer Camp: Summer camp that provides music lessons for young people; funds will be used to buy instruments, supplies, support music instructors, and provide a college scholarship
Generation- You Employed: Program that helps the unemployed youth with skills and job readiness in five countries (Kenya, India, Spain, Mexico and the United States); they plan to train one million unemployed young people and place them in jobs by 2020; funds raised will go towards expanding into Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City
Educate Me College Tour: Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Tour provides cultural and educational experiences that inspire students to examine concerns and personal interests during their college selection process
Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) 25th Anniversary: The drop-out prevention agency partners trained community volunteers with children in the Atlanta and Fulton County Public School Systems who are chronically absent from school and, as a result, either become involved in the juvenile court or are referred for early intervention at the school level
In a world where too much idol time can quickly turn dangerous for today’s teens, we applaud T.I. for doing his part in trying to keep our youth occupied and safe.
You can learn more about these organizations and others who entered the Money Talk Initiative here.