The i.am.angel Foundation has partnered with the UCLA Confucius Institute and the 100,000 Strong Foundation to bring Chinese classes and study abroad opportunities to the students of Boyle Heights in east Los Angeles.

The unique Chinese Alive! program incorporates music and performing arts into the teaching of Mandarin language. Students also get the chance to spend a summer in Beijing, in an immersive cultural experience that develops their leadership skills and broadens their world view. As will.i.am says. “Learning Mandarin and studying in China can be transformative. This program will give kids from my neighborhood the opportunity of a lifetime.”