Chance the Rapper is back at it and playing Santa this holiday season. Whether it’s monetary donations or renting out movie theaters, the rapper is no stranger to charity work, as he has been known all over Chicago for giving back to the youth of the city. This time is no different as he crashes a coding class Wednesday (December 6) full of fifth graders at Adam Clayton Powell Jr Academy in Chicago.
The Grammy-winning rapper stood alongside Google executives to announce his $1.5 million donation to the Chicago Public Schools and his non-profit organization, SocialWorks.
SocialWorks is co-founded by Chance and aims to empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement, while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago. In a press release, Principal Justin Steele stated the grant will aid teachers in implementing computer science and arts curriculum in their classrooms. The grant’s purpose is to allow students who are underrepresented in the computer science field a chance.
The grant couldn’t come at a better time since several arts and music programs are being cut in public schools across the country due to lack of funding. According to Steele, $500.000 will be going to the Chicago Public Schools’ Initiative and $1 million to SocialWorks.
That’s not all the rapper has been up to. In addition to expanding the minds of the youth, Chance recently gifted 300 teens who attended his non-profit’s OpenMike night with Jordan 11’s, through his charity foundation.
The SocialWorks foundation also partners with the Chicago Public Library to host the OpenMike night each month. Their goal is to inspire the youth through performance and conversation. The special night was a tribute to Chance’s late mentor, “Brother Mike” Hawkins.
Chance has shared in the past that his efforts to improve school and community conditions in Chicago strengths continuously to provide better opportunities for students. Tis the season for giving!