Actor/comedian Mike Epps and his wife Michelle Epps are improving the lives of at risk youth through literacy arts as apart of a new campaign.
They have launched the Michael and Michelle Epps Foundation to help educate millions of American who can not read or write.
Rapper Queen Pen will visit students in Harlem, New York and adolescents in the Institute for Inner Development (IID) and Faith in Reentry program at Rikers Island helping the Epps’ new foundation’s promote reading and literacy.
Queen Pen states “We decided to start the foundation because we know a lot of kids could be great adults, if they had the proper support as children. Last year, NBC reported that nearly 1.2 million teens hit the street every year unable to read or write. For the last 14 years or so I’ve been working with at risk adolescents and I can not stress enough how much preventative measurements work with these children. What Mike and Michelle are doing is not only necessary, but also brave. Our children deserve a chance. It’s easier to build a child…Then to repair an adult.”
The Epps and Queen Pen are planning to hit several other major cities throughout the country, including Epps’ hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.
There are over 42 million Americans who cannot read, write or do simple math, according to a nation wide statistics.