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.  Pharrell credits his music teacher helping him make something of his gift, teaching him discipline, and never giving up on him. Says Pharrell, “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.”

Pharrell believes that if every community with under-served youth had access to programs devoted to augmenting the learning experience, and providing exposure to different technologies, arts and resources, kids can find their own tool – their key to a successful and fulfilling future. 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.

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. Since that time, we have offered free after-school and Summer Innovation camps to children in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Bays area.  We are proud to have had 500 students enrolled in our 2014 summer camps at nine locations.  We continue to donate school supplies annually as part of a tradition that marks 10 years this fall.




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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  5. […] to announce that he’s parting with his gift to the Web, and will auction off the hat for From One Hand to AnOTHER, a charity he founded with the ambitious mission to “change the world one kid at a […]

  6. […] to announce that he’s parting with his gift to the Web, and will auction off the hat for From One Hand to AnOTHER, a charity he founded with the ambitious mission to “change the world one kid at a […]

  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!!!

  14. Abdul-latif.shakur says:

    The youth is being forgotten but they are strategically uneducated because
    Of resources and limited wherewithal in even the smallest low income community. What Pharrell has established is a unique situation and that is nonprofit so his sentiments are genuine, and I applaud his efforts. If every public figure would establish this in his own community this would make a commendable difference I support and and salute Pharrell and the staff keep up the exceptional work!!

  15. dominique says:

    this is, what the world needs, in every country of the world, because children are the future, our all future! education is the key, with an ethic motivation and a pure heart!
    there is so much potential, we have to give our children the tools and the selfconsciousness to succeed! every step makes the difference, every kid makes a difference!
    i am very happy about this movement, bless you, pharrell and you all!!!

  16. The unmatched mission of FOHTA has inspired me to appoint of tendering in my humble request of you stretching your love to the children of Africa. I am the Program Director of Women And Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa.

    We have a number of individual sponsors across the USA and UK.

    You are most welcome to Uganda, East Africa.

  17. Theresa Redmond says:

    Greetings:
    I just read news about this summer’s upcoming Summer of Innovation Camp coordinated by FOHTA. I read that the camp was designed to spark student interest in STEM, which is GREAT, but I wanted to suggest that you consider adding an “A” for STEAM. The “A” is for “Arts,” the inspiring and engaging forgotten subject of our 21st century schools. Many STEM programs are beginning to recognize the value of STEAM. Think of how many great scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians were also ARTISTS! (daVinci, Galileo, etc.) I hope you consider keeping the arts alive in your programs.
    best,
    TR

  18. Christopher Mcbee says:

    A little comfort knowing that powerful people can do truely good selfless things.

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