Some of the country's top entertainers, athletes, and personalities with a commitment to education are participating in the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour including Ludacris, Common, Big Boi, Pharrell, Jay Sean, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Dorrough, DJ Diamond Kuts, Joakim Noah, Marshall Faulk, Tom Papa, MTV News Correspondents Sway Calloway and SuChin Pak, and our very own Quddus.
The tour is aimed at engaging students and their families to help improve high school graduation rates, college readiness, and ultimately raise college completion rates. According to a recent report by the College Board, in a generation America has moved from first to twelfth place in the proportion of adults ages 25 to 34 with postsecondary credentials.
The multi-city Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour will host Youth Summits and Get Schooled Bus events in cities across the U.S.: New York, Philadelphia, Memphis, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. The Youth Summits will engage young people in a conversation about how they view education, lay out the educational challenges that faces our communities, and ask them to step up to the challenge. In each city, the Youth Summits will be followed by two days of Get Schooled Bus events hosted by local celebrity education ambassadors and will include a variety of activities to engage people in the Get Schooled Challenge.
Everyone is also encouraged to take part in the Get Schooled Challenge. The goal is to get 500,000 kids to "step up" to the Get Schooled Challenge at GetSchooled.com.
Check out some pictures from the first stop on the tour in NYC featuring Ludacris, Sway, Pharrell and Keri Hilson.
Upcoming Tour Dates
· Philadelphia (10/1)
· Memphis (10/7)
· Dallas (10/15)
· Chicago (10/21)
· Seattle (10/29)
· San Francisco (11/5)
· Los Angeles (11/12)
· Denver (11/19)
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