Ja Rule, Russell Simmons, Irv Gotti Host Celebrity LIFE Camp Benefit

Rapper Ja Rule is teaming with Russell Simmons, New York Giants' Michael Strahan and Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, to put on a Celebrity LIFE Camp Benefit for at risk youth.

The benefit will support the year round LIFE Camp program for at risk youth, who are on the fast track to incarceration.

The program aims to decrease youth violence by focusing on conflict resolution, self-esteem, goal setting, critical thinking and leadership.

"I grew up in Jamaica, Queens and it is through the preservation and dedication of my family and mentors that I was able to make it," Ja Rule said in a statement. "Unfortunately, many of my friends lacked a significant support system and are now incarcerated or deceased."

In partnership with York College, Life Camp has educated scores of young people through tutoring, music, athletics, theater, photography, educational and cultural workshops.

With the help of over 85 musicians, athletes, community activists, entrepreneurs, educators and formerly incarcerated individuals, LIFE Camp operates seven days a week and facilitates in school, after-school, weekend and summer programs.

The Celebrity LIFE Camp benefit will take place on Thursday, November 9, from 6:00pm-10:00pm at Club Lotus in New York City.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the LIFE Camps programs.