Jim Jones Helps NYC Students, Tops The Charts
Six student finalists will read their poems to Jones about why its important for them to achieve their dreams, as Jones is achieving his.
The grand prize winner will be awarded a book stipend to pay for all of their books during their first year of college and a summer internship with Jim Jones.
"I am very excited about this event; we received hundreds of poem submissions from students from around the city and narrowed it down to the finalists," Jones said. "I just want students to know that they can be anything they want to be if they believe they can. I am happy that I can make a difference."
The event will also be a forum for students, parents, teachers, and community leaders to discuss ways to combat the extremely high drop out rate in New York City, where the graduation rate for students is a discouraging 38.9%, according to USA Today.
The "Achieve Your Dream" contest will take place January 24th at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem.
Invited guest include Busta Rhymes, Dr. Benjamins Chavis, Russell Simmons, Fredo Starr, Remy Ma, Charles Rangel, Ebro Darden and others.
In related news, Jones' single "We Fly High" from his latest album Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) topped the R&R/Billboard Rap Chart, after a 19 week run.
The No. 1 success of "We Fly High" comes as the song is also the No. 1 Master Ringtone on the Billboard Hot RingMasters Chart for the third consecutive week.
"We Fly High" has also sold over 1.1 million Mastertones and has been certified platinum.