Actor Will Smith taps into the power of literature to uplift the young. According to Variety, the Will Book Club has partnered with the Creative Artists Agency Foundation to create a mentorship program.
Launched in 2021, following the publication of her best-selling New York Times memoir Will be, the book club was created to cultivate community by fostering conversations around topics featured in Smith’s story. The mentorship initiative, dubbed Ready Set, is led collaboratively by CAA and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation; a non-profit organization founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith 26 Years Ago, which has a mission rooted in empowering individuals from underrepresented groups and transforming underserved communities. Through the program, young adults will have the opportunity to participate in reading groups and reflect on lessons learned from the book. They will also interact with Smith through an array of digital conversations and events. Among the topics that will be discussed are the power of authenticity and the building blocks of a foundation for success.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Ready Set Read initiative,” said the President and CEO of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. Jana Babatunde Bey said in a statement, according to the outlet. “In a short time, they have made a tremendous effort to galvanize young adults to rise up and make a difference in their community through tutoring and mentoring, and we look forward to expanding the WBC’s impact through this partnership.” Deborah Marcus, a CAA executive, added that the initiative will help provide “additional literacy opportunities to thousands of students and young adults who can directly benefit from reading, absorbing and understanding the lessons shared throughout the memoirs”.
This isn’t the first youth empowerment project Smith has been involved with. He invested in an app designed to educate teens about financial literacy.
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