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By Randee Dawn

Pitbull may be the uber-popular artist behind megahit songs like "Timber" and "Don't Stop the Party," but music isn't the whole story for the man known as "Mr. Worldwide."

He's actually the co-founder of a 950-student-strong charter school in his hometown of Miami, Florida called SLAM (Sports Leadership & Management Charter Middle/High School) that's graduating its first class in 2015.

"It's amazing to me every time that I come out here and see what these kids are doing," Pitbull told TODAY on Wednesday. "You know why? 'Cause when I see the kids, I see me."

In the 1980s, Pitbull was one of those kids. Born Armando Perez, he was raised by his mother.

Pitbull performs during the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Pitbull.Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images file

“My mother is my everything,” he said. “My mother taught me how to survive — which was the most important lesson in life, I feel.”

There are currently more than 2,000 kids on SLAM's waiting list. Watch the video to learn more about the passion project.

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