Determined to help the Latino community in his hometown, pitbull’s social impact focus for the last decade has been closing the poverty gap through educational initiatives. He helped start a tuition-free public charter middle and high school called sports leadership and management (slam!), which opened in 2013 in Miami’s little Havana, the neighborhood where Pitbull grew up. Slam! Now operates nationwide, including in Miami, Las Vegas and Atlanta, with a 96 percent graduation rate.
“Slam! Was built to engage children who would normally get bored or have little interest in education” Pitbull says. “I remember being kicked out of a public school because I didn’t have the right address. That’s why I want better schools for the kids who live where I grew up — a school that offers a choice for students, like me, who need someone to inspire them, someone to believe in them.”