Singer Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, isn’t content to just gift the world with his musical talents. The R&B crooner also wants to spread a little love through charitable endeavors. To that end, he created his Compound Foundation, which assists young people with a variety of services including leadership development and music therapy. The foundation builds recording studios in group homes and awards grants to non-profits that provide permanent housing for young adults formerly in foster care, as well as provides grants and scholarships o young people with a history of foster care or group home living. In addition, Compounds hosts an annual Giving Tour, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which travels around the country to provide toys and supplies to underprivileged and foster care children.
This year’s tour began in Ne-Yo’s hometown of Las Vegas and continues this week with a stop in Newark, N.J. before concluding in Atlanta. Five hundred area youth will receive clothing, toys, electronics and bicycles during the event which will include appearances by Newark mayor Cory Booker and reality TV star Angela Simmons.