In the music industry, he is the rapper/producer formerly known as Solitair and now goes by Silver, but outside music he’s known by his birthname Sheldon Pitt, the executive director of Toro Action Programs (TAP), a non-profit organization which encourages students and helps them discover a career path.
“For a few years, I’ve been going to schools,” Pitt tells Samaritanmag, during a Juno Awards event where his song “Come True” with Kardinal Offishall was nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the year. “Teachers would ask me to come and talk to kids about music and try to correlate it to getting involved in their education because there’s a lot of kids that listen to hip hop and they love music, but they’re listless when it comes to school.
“So I would go in there and engage them for music and encourage them to stay in school and I’d show them these great opportunities to get an education and also follow their passion. Last year, we formalized it by organizing and putting together this non-profit organization called TAP and since then we’ve put on several events.”
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