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.
*It’s nice to find out when there are entertainers who have brains. And John Legend is one of ‘em. The soulful singer is actually an educated man with a degree from the University of Pennsylvania and he hasn’t stopped learning yet.
In fact, while he continues to educate himself, he’s inspiring youth around the country to get through school successfully.
He has joined forces with P&G and Communities in Schools for GIVE Education, a campaign developed to help increase awareness and fight the student dropout crisis in the U.S. — according to the campaign, every nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S, according to the BoomBox.
He has launched a campaign in the Big Apple to shine some light on the campaign brandSAVER with discounts for P&G products. For every product purchased with the coupon, the company will donate two cents to help bring education resources and financial aid to families and their students.
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