Nicki Minaj, Jesse McCartney to help teens 'Wake Up'
September 26th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Nicki Minaj, Jesse McCartney to help teens 'Wake Up'

In an effort to cajole teens out of bed in the morning and on their way to school, the Get Schooled Foundation has enlisted popular artists to give them a wake up call.

Nicki Minaj, Jesse McCartney, Ciara, Trey Songz and Wiz Khalifa are some of the stars who have joined up with the Foundation. The Wake Up and Get Schooled campaign launched on Friday, and is hoping this star-filled tactic will help to reduce absences.

“One of the key factors in students graduating and succeeding in their educational goals is merely getting them to campus in the first place,” Marie Groark, Executive Director of the Get Schooled Foundation, said in a statement. “By using the power of celebrity and persuasion, we are encouraging students to wake up and get schooled!"

The celebs have recorded messages encouraging kids to go to school, and students can sign up at to get these free wake-up phone calls. The messages will available beginning the first week of October, and will run until June 2012.

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  1. Qutubuddin


    September 27, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paris

    This is why other countries education systems are leaving us in their dust. Education is a privilege. Set the alarm clock and grow up and get up.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. TheTruth72

    Teens need to "Wake Up" to what's happening in our world today and how wicked it has gotten. You can't find anything on TV anymore that is not offensive in some way or another. We got earthquakes like crazy, volcanoes going over like never before. Things in space getting close. Economy falling apart. Wars and rumors of war. People talking about peace and security when none is to be found. Sounds like Jesus is coming back! That sure is a wake up call.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lynn

    If a kid can't wake his own a55 up for school, I don't think an education is even possible. a pink chicken wing around her neck? :/

    September 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rocketscientistmom

    My BABY is 13, and she not only gets up and out on time, she does it ON HER OWN. Mommy and daddy have long since left for work by that time. This is about responsibility, and who better to teach THEIR CHILDREN responsibilty than *gasp* the parents. This is not rocket science.

    S/N – Nicki Minaj looks like the long lost ghetto twin of Patty and Selma, Wiz Kahlifa is an admitted chronic pothead who probably hasn't "awakened" on time for something in years, and Jess McCartney... well, he actually seems to be a pretty decent kid, but they aren't gonna listen to him either.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |

      you probably are some fat guy/girl sitting behind his computer hating on nicki. She is living her dream and fulfilling her goals. What have you been doing??? LMAO

      September 27, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      JUGGERNAUT you are probably some mindless teen who idolizes whatever MTV throws at you. Notice you are posting past 1am, shouldn't you be in bed and getting ready for October 1st to collect that welfare check?

      September 27, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Babak from LA

    hhmm dunno about that ... My kids have an alarm o'clock!

    September 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blackheart BDE

    LOL, this is who they enlisted to help our kids get to school!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

      what have you been dong thus far??? NOTHING, aside from b**ching

      September 27, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Evil

    WHO? I don't know any of these jokers, nor would I let them tell my kids how to take dump, much less live their lives.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anomic Office Drone

    The efforts of organizations like this is wasted on the kids. Their time would be better spent working with parents. Getting kids to school and motivated to succeed is about good parenting. It's hard for a kid to learn lessons about hard work and keeping your nose to the grindstone when they're hearing it from millionaire pop stars, who are often associated with getting one lucky big break as opposed to working hard for decades to establish themselves and achieve success.

    In fact, this whole country could use a lesson in hard work and reasonable expectations.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |

      people like NIKI grew up in the ghetto. they faced gang banger and all types of crimes. they overcame it all and make something out of themselves.

      I would love to see how you would have fair when put in her situation, you probably will be in a corner crying your eyes out. She went through more hardship than you ever did.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Pope

    How about try this>...........................HEY, ALL YOU LAZY TEENS, WAKE THE F*** UP. ......................How'd that work?

    September 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babak from LA

      Oh no please ... then who is going to pay for many years of therapy to fix the dammage....... Juct kidding, of course. My morning line is " Step down from the bed" ... My kids hate it, don't want to hear it twice and it works wonders.

      September 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The pope again

      bab, I use electric cattle prods on sleepy priests. Works worders 🙂

      September 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gordon

    That thing looks like it came straight out of a Tim Burton movie.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Måd Råp3r

    I'll fill in for tracie just this once:

    Why is Nicki Minaj wearing pink doo doo around her neck? Why is it pink, did she eat a lot of cotton candy?

    September 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pliny

    Where is traci? It's the start of a new week. Time for traci to start telling the same old joke, again and again and again and again and again and again and again.

    And where is the idiot Portal Potty. I'd like to meet that moron...the who considers being 'firsty' as a life-goal.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evel Knievel

    That's her natural hair color, right? I assume the carpet matches the drapes.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  16. erich2112x

    She looks like a bishop on a chess board if it was coming out of a poodles as$.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |

      she still makes a better living than you, she is living her dreams and fulfilling her goals. What are you doing??/ LMAO

      September 27, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      Nice trolling by JUGGERNAUT, responds to everyone's post and putting them down. JUGGERNAUT must be a Nicki fan without an opinion of his own or just a forever alone kind of guy/girl.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  17. Niki

    I'm not sure who the girl in the picture is, but a pink chicken wing necklace.... I mean come on, that was so five minutes ago, doesn't she know that everyone is wearing purple lamb chops these days.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |

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