John Legend walks the red carpet for the International Rescue Committee's Annual Freedom Award benefit at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 9, 2011 in New York City

*R&B star John Legend, who is already a board member for the New York-based Education Equality Project, has now been appointed to the Stand For Children Leadership Board of Directors, whose mission is to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive.

Legend’s new role is the result of a partnership between officials at the Stand For Children non-profit organization in Oregon and the Education Equality Project. Together, the volunteers are aiming to close the gaps in kids’ achievement across the U.S.

The crooner has long been focused on improving education in the U.S. and reversing the high drop-out rate in impoverished communities.

In July, he teamed up with advertising giant Proctor & Gamble to shoot a series of commercials and online ads to raise money for Communities in Schools, an organization which empowers students and encourages them to succeed.