Travis Scott Launches The Cactus Jack Foundation To Work With Parsons, HBCU And More.
From Nike to McDonald’s, Travis Scott knows how to work a collaboration, the Cactus Jack Foundation, however, might be his most important one yet. Announced yesterday, on the third annual Travis Scott day in Houston, the Cactus Jack Foundation is set to contribute to the city that helped raise the musician. The foundation has agreed to a multi-year partnership with the city of Houston as well as the New School’s Parsons School of Design.
The foundation will be working together with Parsons to offer a fashion design program through the My Brother’s Keeper program, started by President Obama in 2014. This will also allow for an online certification program making the course available nationwide to students through scholarships.
Rachel Schreiber, executive dean at The New School’s Parsons School of Design talked about how the partnership is set to bring fashion education to younger students who have been typically underrepresented in this particular creative field.
The foundation will also be launching the ‘Cactus Jack Gardens’, a Houston based community garden program for elementary school students to learn about nutrition and agriculture. Additionally, the Cactus Jack Foundation announced the HBCU Waymon Webster Scholarship program. Named after Travis Scott’s grandfather, this program will allow select HBCU (Historically Black College Universities) students to have their tuition fees covered for the 2020-2021 academic year. Those in the program were specifically selected by Scott and are currently enrolled at a number of different universities across the United States.
Following the announcement of the Cactus Jack Foundation, Travis Scott took to Twitter to write “Think it’s important we use the opportunity’s giving to us to help those who got that same passion to go hard in life.” While many may have criticised Travis Scott in the past for his frequent collaborations with conglomerates, this is a step in the right direction, helping change fashion and the community for the better.
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