Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Amy Harris/Invision/AP
Travis Scott Launches Community-Focused Philanthropy Initiative, Project HEAL
Travis Scott has launched a multi-tier, long-term series of community-focused philanthropy and investment efforts through his Cactus Jack Foundation called Project HEAL. The effort will provide $5 million for community-based initiatives in Scott’s home state of Texas, focusing on challenges facing today’s youth in marginalized and at-risk communities.
Scott’s Project HEAL has four different initiatives, the first being the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund. As Scott’s second year supporting the fund, the scholarship will grant $10,000 to 100 seniors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who have reached academic excellence but who are facing last-minute financial adversity.
The second initiative includes expanding the CACT.US Youth Design Center, a state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot, multi-use workspace in Houston, TX. Since its development in 2021, hundreds of middle and high school students have enrolled in the center to excel skills in creative creation and invention.
The third initiative will address the country’s skyrocketing mental health crisis. Project HEAL will focus on much-needed resources to support services for young people, especially in lower-income communities of color. Finally, the fourth initiative will oversee the establishment of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force of Event Safety. HEAL will address safety challenges for large-scale live events and feature a first-ever, tech-driven solution for event safety.
“Over the past few months I’ve been taking the time and space to grieve, reflect and do my part to heal my community. Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change. This will be a lifelong journey for me and my family,” Scott said on Instagram.
“While it’s easy for corporations and institutions to stay in the shadows, I feel as a leader in my community, I need to step up in times of need. My team and I created Project HEAL to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever. Giving back and creating opportunities for the youth is something I’ve always done and will continue to do as long as I have the chance. This program will be a catalyst to real change and I can’t wait to introduce the rest of the technology and ideas we’ve been working on. See you all so soon.”
Scott’s launch of Project HEAL comes following four months since ten people died during a crowd surge at his Astroworld festival in Houston, TX. Currently, hundreds of lawsuits are now combined into a single case against Scott and Live Nation, representing 2,800 alleged victims.
For more information on Project HEAL, visit the initiative’s website.