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When will.i.am was young, his neighborhood of Boyle Heights was a thriving industrial area. Today, it’s an industrial desert. Will’s dream is to transform the neighborhood and the world--to connect talented people with skills to build businesses; to help give people pride, direction and the opportunity to foster growth and a healthy future. "We need to rebuild America for those who dream big and have a sense of community. That’s what we’re trying to do." - will.i.am
As part of his commitment to philanthropy, will.i.am launched the i.am.angel Foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. The i.am.angel foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship), college preparation (i.am College Track), and opportunities in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
The i.am.angel Foundation is especially committed to transforming will.i.am’s hometown of Boyle Heights in east Los Angeles. Boyle Heights is a predominantly low-income, working class, immigrant community that is rich in culture and potential, but struggling with a lack of resources and opportunities. We strive to turn Boyle Heights into a model for other communities around the world.