Chance The Rapper Pledges $1 Million To Mental Health Services In Chicago

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.

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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.

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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.”

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In September, it was announced that Chance will be releasing a collaboration album with fellow Chicago artist Kanye West.

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