Joey Bada$$ is supporting students experiencing homelessness amidst COVID-19 in his home state of New York. The Pro Era rapper has partnered with the New York Fund for Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Effort, which is aimed at helping students, families and teachers through this pandemic. Joey also announced he’s contributed $25,000 to the campaign so far.
“Now this COVID-19 crisis has been tough on a lot of us, but I can only imagine how hard it is on the homeless students,” he said in an Instagrammed video on Wednesday (May 20). “In the New York City public school system, there are about 1.1 million students currently enrolled. Over 100,000 of them are actually homeless. Now that’s about 1 in 10, and 85 percent of those kids are Hispanic or Black. That’s why I’m partnering up The Fund for Schools and the Department of Education to help them stay on track. Please join me in our efforts to support our most vulnerable students.”
The fund will provide seed money for New York City’s public school districts and offer financial support for the Department of Education’s Students in Temporary Housing program. Students who live in shelters or are experiencing displacement are especially vulnerable due to the pandemic and the organization’s website states that many do not have the resources necessary for remote education.
“We’re grateful to Joey, as a former New York City public school student, for stepping up during this unprecedented crisis to support some of our most vulnerable students,” New York Fund for Public Schools’ CEO Julie L. Shapiro told The Root. “Investing in the success and stability of students experiencing homelessness is a key priority for our city, and we’re proud to be able to deploy additional resources that can support their remote learning, as well as their physical and social-emotional well-being.”
See Joey’s full video and Instagram post below.