Chance The Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, is as well known for his philanthropic and socially conscious projects as he is his music.
The Chicago native has previously thrown holiday parties for the homeless, and donated $1m to Chicago’s public school systems, the latter of which will be receiving even more support from the SocialWorks programme.
SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within Chicago. Our initiatives, OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Kids of the Kingdom, the New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, and My State of Mind, were created to advocate for youth and the fulfillment of their success in all its forms. We’re excited to continue to bring impact and we hope to continue to do so through innovation and collaboration.
$100,000 grants will be given to six separate mental health organisations in the area, and the area of Cook County, Illinois will also benefit from a new initiative called My State of Mind.
According to Pitchfork: ‘At the press conference today, Chance revealed that the New Chance fund established in 2017, which distributed enrichment funds to 20 public schools, has been extended for another year. With help from companies like Google, the New Chance fund will distribute $2 million to another 20 schools, with a focus on computer science enrichment.’