Jay Z is giving back to his neighborhood.
Hov, alongside Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is offering a free class teaching residents living in Brooklyn Marcy Projects about “the future of
” Jay Z made a rare appearance on social media and announced on Twitter he’s launching the Bitcoin Academy. Jay said,
“Shout out to
Academy, starting in Marcy, a place that taught me so much, is hopefully the first of many. The simple goal is to provide people tools to build independence for themselves and then the community around them.” The message goes on to say,
“Thanks to the teams at
for all the work to make this happen!”
According to the website, the academy will offer in-person and online
for one- year. It’ll be offered from June 22 through September 7, only for Marcy residents, but they plan to expand to other places in the
The instructors include Lamar Wilson and Najah J. Roberts.
The site also points out that the funding for the program was made possible due to personal grants from Jay, Jack and on-the-ground support from Block and the Shawn Carter Foundation. It was designed in collaboration with Crypto Blockchain Plug and Black Bitcoin Billionaire, a program that aims to provide education and empower the community with knowledge.
The mission statement notes, “education is power.” Per the report, participants in the program will receive MiFi devices and a one-year limited data plan, plus smartphones if needed. Residents may keep the devices.
Hov wants the youth to have financial literacy as well. There’s also a Crypto Kids Camp program that will take place on two Saturdays for Marcy kids and teens ages 5-17.