Chance the Rapper Announces $1 Million Donation to Chicago Mental Health Services

Chance the Rapper
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Chance the Rapper attends the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois grand opening celebration at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois on June 21, 2018 in Gurnee, Ill.

Chance the Rapper has been a role model in his hometown for years, and there's no length he won't go to make Chicago a better place for the next generation. During Thursday's (Oct. 4) summit at his SocialWorks nonprofit, Chano shared plans to pledge $1 million to various programs tending to mental health services throughout Chicago, according to Pitchfork

"With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you," he told those in attendance at the second annual event. The nonprofit organization also announced the launch of My State of Mind, which will focus on catering to the enrichment of mental health services, specifically in the Cook County, Ill., area. As part of Chance's pledge, six mental health initiatives will be receiving a $100,000 grant to assist in aiding their contributions to society.

At just 25 years old, the Coloring Book artist has a firm grasp on what he wants to accomplish with his philanthropic efforts going forward, expanding on his work with the Chicago public school system last year, where he promised to pour more than $2 million into education, with the help of major companies such as Google. 

SocialWorks has also put on 33 OpenMike events to date in Chicago, providing a safe haven of sorts for students to thrive in their creative aspirations. The Chicago-bred rapper isn't afraid to bring some of his famous friends to a random OpenMike night too, with Childish Gambino and Good Ass Job collaborator Kanye West popping up on separate occasions.