From One Hand To AnOTHER Inc. (FOHTA) was founded by internationally renowned 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. Once Pharrell started traveling abroad utilizing his talents and gifts, he realized that this incredible opportunity of seeing the world was something he never had before. He realized that there were so many others who were not afforded the same opportunities. There was so much more outside of the neighborhood, within the world, that could grant amazing experiences, exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking and opportunities to broaden one’s education. That discovery changed his life and is the reason he created educational opportunities for others. Pharrell believes that every community with under-served youth should have access to activities and programs devoted to augmenting their learning experiences, and providing exposure to different technologies, arts, and resources. Pharrell says, “Our organization, From One Hand To AnOTHER, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success.”
Since 2004, Pharrell has been a benefactor for programs in Virginia Beach including the Back to School Supplies donation program and the distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to residents of the neighborhood in which he grew up and other surrounding areas.
In 2008, FOHTA launched our first Summer of Innovation camp in affiliation with NASA as part of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” STEM initiative. A phone call Dr. Williams had with Astronaut Leland Melvin started a fireball of collaborations that encompassed those of the same interests: broadening our youth’s education, exposure to varied experiences, and creating a bond between community and business partners, all in the name of having a common goal. In its inception, we offered free after-school and Summer of Innovation and S.T.E.A.M.M. camps to children in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area.
We are proud to have completed 2016 summer camps with approximately 1,000 students enrolled at 16 locations across two states. Summer of 2017 has proved to be our biggest expansion yet, launching camps in Compton, CA; Phoeniz, AZ; San Jose, CA; St Louis, MO; Bronx, NY and Tampa, FL. As we continue to expand, our goal is to nurture the importance of education and create an academically centered, technologically advanced, and globally focused future generation of individuals.