Actor and host Nick Cannon returned to his roots Wednesday, coming home to San Diego for a showcase meant to inspire students to create solutions to help their communities.
The San Diego Unified School District’s College, Career and Technical Education Showcase partnered with Cannon and the Nick Cannon Foundation’s teen technology competition, “America’s Teen Mogul,” in which students connect with local businesses to find ways to solve issues specific to San Diego.
Students from the district’s School of Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) showed Cannon their business plans and prototypes of inventions. Later in the day, Cannon will host an awards ceremony for the students at the SCPA campus on Dusk Drive. The public is welcome to attend the free event.
While in town, Cannon’s calendar also includes a 6:30 p.m. stop at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on Euclid Avenue. There, the star will present the 10 most motivational youth in San Diego County on behalf of the Nick Cannon Foundation. Cannon plans to speak at this event, which is also co-hosted by the San Diego chapter of the civil rights organization, National Action Network.
The Nick Cannon Foundation aims to educate and empower youth through the media, particularly kids between the ages of 13 and 18, to rise and become leaders in their communities.
Cannon is a San Diego native and a 1998 graduate of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley. In past visits to San Diego, he has talked about what it means to him to be from America’s Finest City and to return to help children in the community.
“I’m a product of this community; I was born and raised in San Diego,” he said. “To be able to come back home and see young faces and young people here today, knowing that we’re helping to inspire and to empower you guys in a way to help you understand that your future is ahead of you [is a great feeling].”