December 22, 2009

This year marks the 12th Anniversary of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) and its work to change the lives of youth through arts education and peaceful conflict resolution. During these years we have had a remarkable impact on the lives of the young people who have come through our doors. From the inaugural class of students to the new class of 2009, our students have been enriched with the essential foundations that enable them to flourish creatively and fundamentally in today's world.

During this season of thanks and giving, many of our alumni and students reflected on their experiences about what they are most thankful for. Below is what they said:




I was 16 and it was the summer before 11th grade when I joined the Tupac Shakur Foundation; I am now 25. I vividly remember the hard work and discipline mixed with arts, acting, dancing, and writing. I feel the Foundation was a much needed positive addition to my life; it gave me a home and a safe haven.

The Center feels like a symbol of peace and hope in a world that often frowns upon young people. I have been successful in life because of TASF. My dream for the future is that the Foundation will continue to offer kids what it offered me; a place for young people to dream and be yourself without judgment.

Alfredo, Alumni, Class of 2002


I just completed my first year in the TASF's Leadership & Arts program. I am 15, and in the 10th grade; my grade point average is currently 3.7. Prior to my experience, I was very shy, but now I am a confident speaker. In fact, I became President of my school drama club and Parliamentarian of my school student government!

The TASF's moral codes helped me and continue to have a positive impact on my life. I plan to attend Emory University for my undergraduate degree and Yale University for my masters. TASF has sparked a career in writing. I hope to win a Tony Award for it!

Tony, Student


I was 12 years old when I started with the Tupac Shakur Foundation. I recently turned 15 and I have a 4.0 and am enjoying the 10th grade.

Through TASF I learned to: be confident, open-minded, patient, and can now work well with others.

I experienced many memorable moments including a dance workshop with Jasmine Guy, encouragement from Mike Epps, and a TV performance on Fox Good Day Atlanta. My goal is to attend New York University or Julliard and major in musical theatre.

Marah, Student

During this holiday season, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, a program that inspires young people to excel beyond their measure. As the decade closes, we are grateful for the blessings we have received and hope to continue our efforts to enhance the lives of children around the world. Your contribution will make a difference in a child's life.

Peace, Love and Respect,

Afeni Shakur
Founder and President

* Send checks or money orders to:
Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
c/o Jeff Pitts
Spring Asset Management
17711 W. Strack Drive
Spring, Texas 77379

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Tax ID 582512839