Chance the Rapper is giving back to his home city as he pledges $1 million to mental health services in Chicago.
The Chicago-born musician made the announcement on Thursday during his second annual summit for his non-profit SocialWorks, which aims to empower the youth of Chicago through the arts, education, and civic engagement.
Chance streamed the announcement live via Twitter during which he revealed that six different mental-wellness providers in Cook County will receive $100,000 grants as part of the donation.
SocialWorks also unveiled a new initiative, My State of Mind, which will focus on improving mental health services. A guidebook will be made available both physically and digitally to help direct people to the right resources.
“We need a new space to get information on how they feel and where they can go,” the Grammy-winning rapper said.
Last year, Chance donated $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation through his New Chance fund, and on Thursday, he revealed that the donations have been extended for another year. A further $2 million will be distributed to 20 public schools, with a focus on computer science enrichment.
“This year, 20 more schools will get $100K,” Chance said. “We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back.”
In September, it was announced that Chance will be releasing a collaboration album with fellow Chicago artist Kanye West.