FOHTA’s History

From One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA) was founded by internationally known musical artist and producer Pharrell Williams in 2008 because he believed that every child could be a success if only they had the right tools. Pharrell Williams grew up in Virginia Beach in the Seatack neighborhood. Times were tough but his family was strong and he was lucky enough to find his tool for the future-music. That discovery changed his life and is the reason he is successful today. He believes if every community with underserved youth had a community center that was devoted to augmenting the learning experience needed to succeed and provide exposure to different technologies, arts and resources, kids could find their own tool – their key to a successful and fulfilling future. Pharrell Williams, with his partners in the corporate and education community, is building his vision of a community center – The Pharrell Williams Resource Center (PWRC).

Pharrell will be involved both in the campaign to raise funds for PWRC construction and in the development of its programs.

Since 2004 he has provided financial support for programs in Virginia Beach including the Back to School Supplies program and the distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to residents of the neighborhood in which he grew up. The PWRC will be the crown jewel of his investment in this community.

Since our founding, the Organization has achieved the following milestones:

  • Hired an Executive Director
  • Developed an outstanding Board of Advisors and approved the formation of a Board of Directors
  • Effectively impacted and improved the lives of over 1,000 underserved youths and their families in our first PWRC Summer of Innovation project developed with NASA, our partner.
  • Established the first PWRC location through a partnership with the City of Virginia Beach
  • Developed our core programs with the assistance of PWRC’s Board of Advisors



Comments

  1. Jon-Mikol Rankin says:

    I think FOHTA is one of the best idea’s since the computer. I feel that this organization is needed all over the world and it will improve the lives of many. FOHTA will change the world for better and also put a smile on God’s face to see children given a new opportunity to use their full ability to do something constructive and useful with their time. I believe this is a door to a new and innovative future that’ll not only allow kids to be successful but also to create unity and love with one another on a level that is far out of this world.

    1 love with God at the center of life is purpose and I know FOHTA will give that purpose to many lives.
    i am OTHER

  2. Nicole Green says:

    I think this is fantastic! I grew up in Detroit and I completely agree with Pharrell, in saying that if children had the right tools, then maybe they could be the success they were destined to become. I am just finding out about FOHTA, I was not a fan of Pharrell until recently. And this contributes to me becoming a fan! I am a mother of 4 daughters and understand the importance of education. The mission statement is very powerful, changing kids one at a time by giving them the tools & resources needed….I’m truly impressed with this and Pharrell, you have won over a new supporter!!

  3. Artoni says:

    This is exactly what is needed in the inner-cities to get kids off the corners & into creative environments enabling them to discover & uncover their full potentials.
    Love it.

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  7. Greta Setian says:

    Hi, I am from Los Angeles County Summer Youth Employment Program and very interested to speak with you regarding our work experience program to the underserved and disadvantage youth in Los Angeles County. I am reaching out to you because I recently became aware of this foundation and the great things you do. Are your services only in the East Coast? the youth in Los Angeles County need a lot of help and I am not sure if you provide your services here too? Please let me know if you are interested in working with us toward the same goal of changing lives one kid at a time.
    Thank you in advance and kudos to you for the great job you do.

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  13. Yianette Rivera says:

    WOW!!! this is so true if every parent thought like that. to give their kids the tools to be successful in a honest way this world would be different!!! I hope this organization becomes worldwide bringing families hope for the future of the earth. POSITIVE AND HAPPINESS IS THE KEY. CONGRATULATIONS PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND ASSOCIATES!!!

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