Chance the Rapper continues to show and prove when it comes to helping the residents in his hometown of Chicago. The 25-year-old rapper pledged $1 million to help provide mental health services in the Windy City during a summit for SocialWorks, his nonprofit organization, on Thursday, according to ABC News.
My State of Mind is the name of the new initiative, and through it, Chance and his team “want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed.”
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Six grants of $100,00 will be given to mental health providers in the Cook County area to begin the effort. The application process for the grants will start in January.
In addition, the “Blessings” rapper has increased the number of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will receive funds from SocialWorks.
“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.”
Through his youth empowerment charity, the rapper has helped to raise $4.2 million for the CPS. Chance partnered with Lyft at the beginning of the school year for the Round Up campaign, which allowed ride-share users to donate the spare change from their fares to the school system.
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