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T.I. donates $35,000 to help education-focused youth and entrepreneurship programs

Six organizations will reap the benefits from fundraising efforts

Atlanta-based rapper T.I. has no problem putting his money where his mouth is.

So much so that when the music-streaming company TIDAL announced its Money Talk and Education Challenge in May, T.I. was immediately figuring out his move to make the challenge more enticing. He agreed to match the funds raised.

The initiative encourages charities to promote youth-focused education awareness within communities through education-based fundraising efforts. Eighty-six organizations participated in the challenge from May 4 through June 15. There were six finalists, which combined to raise about $46,000. T.I. matched $35,000 of the funds, which brought the total raised to more than $81,000.

T.I. posted his excitement about giving on Instagram.

“You guys have inspired me to match funds for ALL six of your education initiatives! Thanks for voting, entering and committing to improving education within your communities!” he wrote.

According to Essence, the six finalists are:

Fate Loves The Fearless — Education and mentorship program to help Detroit youths excel in school; funds raised will go toward the renovation of a new facility.

Shaw Inspires “Teen-Preneurs” — In-school, after-school, weekend and summer mentoring and leadership program for youth ages 11-25; funds raised will help the program expand to Baltimore and Charleston, South Carolina.

The Musicianship’s 2016 Summer Camp — Summer camp that provides music lessons for young people; funds will be used to buy instruments, supplies, support music instructors and provide a college scholarship.

Generation You Employed — Program that helps unemployed youths with skills and job readiness in five countries (Kenya, India, Spain, Mexico and the United States); it plans to train 1 million unemployed young people and place them in jobs by 2020; funds raised will go toward expanding into Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

Educate Me College Tour — Annual tour of historically black colleges and universities provides cultural and educational experiences that inspire students to examine concerns and personal interests during their college selection process.

Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) 25th Anniversary — The dropout prevention agency partners trained community volunteers with children in the Atlanta and Fulton County public school systems who are chronically absent from school and, as a result, either become involved in the juvenile court or referred for early intervention at the school level.

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.