Singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has invested $2.3 million into the Holberton School for tech engineers.
Ne-Yo is investing into the tech school because he feels that tech is the future and the Holberton School is structured in a way that helps underrepresented people that want the opportunity to learn to code. This is what turned Ne-Yo on to the school as he told a reporter from Tech Crunch:
“Everybody knows that tech and all these things are the wave of the future,” Ne-Yo told me. “I just love the fact of what they’re doing with the school — that they’re making it easier for underrepresented people in the world of tech. They’re giving them a platform and access to this knowledge that they probably wouldn’t get otherwise. I think that’s one of the coolest things about this whole situation.”
The Holberton School is a bit different from your normal trade school. This school doesn’t take any money from you until you’ve finished and landed a job. Ne-yo isn’t just investing his money but he is also joining the board of trustees because he feels his presence will be able to influence people to enroll and learn to code. Ne-Yo plans to be as involved as he can be with the school and as “hands on” as possible.
The future of jobs is moving more and more towards tech, and Ne-Yo sees that and hopes to be able to encourage more and more diversity in the field, and hopefully, his presence in the Holberton School shines a light for more people of color to give it a chance.
Source: Tech Crunch