Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Lil' Mama Encourage Youth To Stay In School

Rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana are among the artists who will join the Entertainers for Education Alliance (EEA), New York radio station Hot 97 and Catapult Online to present the 2nd Annual Stay In School Concert Wednesday on October 17 in New York.

The concert, which takes place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, will also feature performances and appearances by Lil' Mama, America's Next Top Model Winner Jaslene Gonzales, Bronx Borough President Adolpho Clarion Jr., New York Knicks legend John Starks, Warner Music Group Executive Vice President Kevin Liles, and others.

"Our goal with this event is to show our children through entertainment, education is important," said EEA Executive Director, Tonya Lewis. "Our concert/rally is gearing up to be a huge event, as you can see from the line-up and we're expecting to announce many more mega-stars who are putting their voices behind education."

The EEA is a nonprofit organization established to provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives to negative behaviors through education.

The concert, which will be hosted by Hot 97/MTV personality DJ Cipha Sounds, will stress the importance of education staying school to receive a diploma.

"The EEA is tackling one of our city's most significant crisis, the drop out rate," says NYC City Council Member and Chairman for Education Robert Jackson.

"Everyday in New York City, 500 students drop out of high school," added Lewis. "New York State has the highest drop out rate for Black and Hispanic students of any state in the nation We've brought together some of the coolest music, sports, Hip-Hop, and R&B artists who support education."

Sponsors of the event include Vitamin Water, White Castles, Lot 29, Catapult Online, and Hot 97.

Partners of the event include Vibe Magazine, Black Beat Magazine, and Right On Magazine.

The Stay In School Concert takes place October 17th from 5pm to 8pm.