Chance the Rapper might mainly be known for his music, but he is also equally as passionate about helping out his local community. Today, the 25-year old spoke at the second annual summit for his SocialWorks non-profit in Chicago. The biggest announcement made by the Chi-Town native during the live presentation was that he would be donating $1 million to the city's mental health services.
Six different mental wellness providers will be receiving $100,000 grants. Along with the donation, SocialWorks will also be kick-starting an initiative called My State of Mind in Cook County, Illinois to improve the city's mental health resources.
"With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you," he said.
Chano's attention to the community's mental health was not the only big announcement at today's summit. He also revealed that the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund that started back in 2017 would be giving $100,000 to 20 more schools in the Chicago area over the course of the next three years. In total, $2 million will be going to public schools with help from major companies like Google, Conagra Brands, and more.
One of the most notable events organized by Chance and SocialWorks in the Windy City is the monthly OpenMike night—an event to allow high school students to perform on stage and express their creativity. To date, 33 OpenMikes have been held in Chicago. Chance has even brought out close friends like Childish Gambino for surprise performances in the past.
On the musical side of things, Chance will be a performer at the A Celebration of Life benefit concert honoring Mac Miller later this month and is also reportedly working on his collaborative project with Kanye West titled Good Ass Job currently as well.