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.