Rocsi Diaz is currently the weekend host and daily correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and was previously seen on BET's hit show 106 & Park. Rocsi is in the process of launching her new site RocsiDiaz.com which will include her own blogs about fashion, fitness, celebrity and much more.
Philanthropy is a core value for the entertainer. Rocsi is a native of New Orleans and created RocStar Foundation to rebuild schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Her work as a Get Schooled celebrity ambassador continues her commitment to education and empowering youth.
Get Schooled was founded as a stand-alone non-profit in 2010. They work with celebs such as Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Tyra Banks, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Hudson to inspire and engage students in an effort to improve high school graduation rates and empower more students to go to and succeed in college.
In the coming months, Get Schooled’s digital platform – online, social media and mobile apps – will reach and engage millions of young people who need support, direction and a community to help them make their way through high school and college. Young people will come to their digital platform to play games, track their own educational progress, get answers to questions and connect with people who can offer them the information, inspiration and support they need to succeed.
Interview Conducted Via Email By: Giacinta Pace
Q: Tell us about your cause?
Rocsi: I'm so excited to be working with Get Schooled, a national education non-profit that engages students on the importance of school attendance and earning a high school diploma. Get Schooled encourages students all over the country to get to school all day, every day through celebrity wake-up calls, online games, and in-school challenges like their national attendance challenges. Recently I visited with the students of Washington D.C.'s Browne Education Campus who came out on top in Get Schooled's National Attendance Challenge. I was so thrilled to congratulate the students for working hard and for coming together as a community to raise their attendance rates! Get Schooled is making a real difference in schools just like Browne Education Campus all over the country.
Q: Why is this charity important to you?
Rocsi: Education and empowering youth has always been a passion for me. When Hurricane Katrina hit my home city New Orleans, I knew I had to do something to give back. I founded RocStar Foundation, which raises money to build and refurbish schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Get Schooled was a fit for my interests and passion.
Q: How did you get involved?
Rocsi: I first got involved with Get Schooled just over two years in February of 2011 when the City of New York partnered with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to launch their Wake-Up NYC! campaign to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism in City schools. The goal of that program was to get New York City students excited about going to school. I participated in the Wake-Up Call program in which celebrities make calls to students in the early morning encouraging them to get up out of bed and to school. It is so important that we make school a place where kids want to be and engage them where they are at - on their cell phones, on social media, and in their schools. That's what Get Schooled does best - engage kids in a way that they can relate and using the power of pop culture and technology to do it! And that's why I'm proud to continue to partner with them over two years later!
Q: Anything you would like to add?
Rocsi: Visit GetSchooled.com for more info! You'll be seeing more of my work with Get Schooled and my very own RocStar Foundation on my upcoming entertainment site RocsiDiaz.com.