It was just three weeks ago when news broke that 21 Savage had been arrested by ICE and subject to deportation due to an overstayed visa from when he moved to the U.S. from the U.K. when he was seven
Now, he’s back enriching the community as if nothing happened at all.
As of yesterday, the 26-year-old announced the expansion of his Bank Account Campaign with an aim to put proper resources in place to teach financial literacy to teenage students across the United States.
In a statement, 21 explained what while he had a hit song called “Bank Account,” he in fact “knew almost nothing about bank accounts” while growing up. “As I have gotten smarter about financial management, I realize how empowering it is to control your money rather than be controlled by it,” 21 Savage said.
“I want to help kids with a background similar to mine to get smart about their money,” he continued.
Originally launched last year, Savage’s Bank Account Campaign partners with non-profit organization Get Schooled and promise 21 teenagers $1,000 each in a scholarship fund to help them take on the challenge of financial literacy.
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With the expansion, the Slaughter Gang rapper will help recruit 150 at-risk youths who are disconnected from school and work and serve as an advisor — a role he’s dubbing the ‘Money Making Mentor’.
Each participant will receive financial capability support in the form of “21 Tips” and they will get training while employed at Juma’s social enterprise by working concessions at Suntrust Park and Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The Issa Album proves that there aren’t many schools that incorporate a curriculum that teaches students what do with money, how to save it, or how to spend it and where.
Between filing taxes, credit cards, and high-interest rate investments, for the marginalized and disenfranchised; the experience is the only teacher.
21 Savage has even gotten love from government officials because of his efforts. U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson, who wrote a Savage endorsement letter to ICE earlier this month, gave him props.
“It’s no surprise that 21 Savage is continuing his work in making financial literacy a priority with the youth of our community,” the Georgia representative says in the press release.
“I continue to applaud his efforts, and I look forward to working with him as we create new positive opportunities for our young people,”continued Johnson.
Although 21 Savage saw the “aggravated felony” charges dropped, the U.S. Government agency is still seeking to deport him on the grounds that he illegally overstayed his visa after entering the country at age seven.
Following 21 Savage’s release two weeks ago, his lawyer Charles Kuck spoke to Buzz Feed about how the entire situation highlights what’s wrong with our immigration system and shows the reality of what’s happening around the country to thousands of immigrants who’ve spent their whole lives here can potentially face on the daily basis.
“I think this case is emblematic of a lot of cases where people are detained for not correct reasons, but they don’t always have resources to fight the system,” Kuck told Buzzfeed.
“This case is very emblematic of what happens in immigration court and detention,” he continued.
Either way, it’s good to see 21 keep the faith and continue to lift spirits, even when he is in jeopardy.