Will.i.am Aims To "Transform Lives" With £500,000 Donation To Prince's Trust

21 June 2012, 16:53 | Updated: 21 June 2012, 17:47

The Black Eyed Peas star announces partnership to help UK's disadvantaged children.

Will.i.am has donated £500,000 to the Prince's Trust to help the UK's disadvantaged youth.

The Black Eyed Peas star has said he wants to "transform lives" with the money, which will help fund education, training and enterprise schemes with a focus on technology and computer skills development.

Will.i.am met HRH The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince's Trust, at his Clarence House home earlier this month to discuss how his i.am angel foundation could help the Trust.

Will.i.am said: "As a judge on The Voice, the people of the UK have welcomed me into their sitting rooms week after week and I feel very much at home here. Working with The Prince's Trust, I am joining the mission to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people living in under-privileged neighbourhoods in the UK.

"My donation to The Trust will help these young people build skills that are vital in today's and tomorrow's job market including technology and computer knowledge."  

He added that without the support of his mother he would have struggled to achieve success as a child growing up in the East of Los Angeles.

Will.i.am was among the performers who helped marked the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations earlier this month.