Multi-platinum artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeezy is continuing his Street Dreamz Motivation Tour at I.C. Norcom High School where he spoke to students about gun violence awareness in an effort to promote peace. The tour started out at Motivational Edge in Miami, Florida is a passion project for Jeezy. His passion project takes him to schools where he speaks to students and young adults in inner cities to promote living positively and pursuing their dreams. I.C. Norcom is a historically black high school based in Portsmouth & Jeezy felt compelled to visit the school due to the rapid increase of gun violence in Portsmouth/Norfolk area and the lack of extracurricular activities available to keep the students occupied and off the streets. Jeezy spoke to a packed house alongside James Boyd (NAACP President), Lisa Lucas-Burke(Vice Mayor), Dr. Elie Bracy III (Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools), Senator L. Louise Lucas & more.
“We’re here to help one another” said Jeezy as he took the microphone to deliver a powerful & heartfelt speech. “I’ve seen a lot of mistakes that have cost people their lives and have cost people their freedom” he continued. “I don’t know you personally but I can look you in your eyes and tell you that I believe in each and every one of you and that I want you to believe in yourself like I believe in you.”
Jeezy later continued his message in an Instagram post saying:
“I couldn’t help but to see a lot of me in them. I understand their struggles and obstacles. Staying alive being one, thinking that what they see everyday is the end all be all. Just know there Is a whole world out there waiting on you and believing in yourself will be the fuel you need to explore it. Keep going!”
Jeezy’s message resonated with the students leaving them excited & inspired. Not just a singular effort, Jeezy is committed to using his platform and influence continuously to not just end gun violence but to help & improve communities nationwide with his charity Street Dreamz Foundation.
Jeezy launched his charity Street Dreamz Foundation over 10 years ago to consistently be involved in improving the lives of those less fortunate in the city of Atlanta. For his continuous community service efforts, he was awarded the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta–the highest honor an individual or group can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta, this year, he ran the Peachtree Road Race, a half marathon alongside the Mayor of Atlanta to raise money for his foundation and the city of Atlanta’s scholarship fund.
Founded in 2001, Street Dreamz Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide assistance and opportunity to the underserved communities worldwide. Street Dreamz Foundation works to encourage a generation of at-risk young people to become effective leaders through programs that foster independence, healthy lifestyle and respect for others, while educating and motivating each child to reach their ultimate potential in their area of interest