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

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As the discussion surrounding mental health in the black community continues, it seems as though more celebrities are advocating and using their platform to bring awareness to not only making mental health care resources readily available to those in need but to also normalize the conversation and inspire others to get help.

During a summit for his nonprofit organization, SocialWorks, Chance the Rapper announced that he pledges to donate $1 million to mental health services in Chicago.

“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he said.

SocialWorks has also announced a new initiative, My State of Mind, which aims to unify the broader mental health community and increase the access and visibility of services. As part of Chance’s pledge, six mental health initiatives will receive $100,000 grants.

If you keep up with Chance the Rapper, then you know he’s no stranger to giving back. In 2017, he donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, describing the donation as a “call to action” to encourage other major Chicago companies to help the community. For the 2018 school year, SocialWorks and Chance teamed up with STATE Bags to donate 30,000 backpacks to children in Chicago. He along with STATE Bags founders Jacq and Scot Tatelman handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to local kids and their families.

“We admire the work we’ve seen by STATE and are proud to partner with them as we work towards enhancing education and conversation around funding formulas nationally,” Chance said.

To read more about SocialWorks, click here.

Chance The Rapper’s Non-Profit Organization SocialWorks Teams Up With Landr For Audio Mastering Youth Summer Program

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Chance The Rapper and his team continue to do positive things for the kids.

The Chicago-based charitable organize, SocialWorks and the Montreal-based audio production company Landr team up to help the youth develop their music producing skills this summer.

How dope is that?

The program will be a part of Kids of the Kingdom, a long-running Chicago program that was founded at Emerald Avenue Church in 1977 by Sister Gladys Bennett. Kids Of the Kingdoms goal is to provide an outlet for recreation, socialization, and expression for Chicago youth throughout the summer with interactive events, field trips, and dynamic lesson plans. SocialWorks will utilize Landr as part of the Kids of the Kingdom Summer Music Academy sessions, which will be made up of 75 Chicago-area kids.

The camp isn’t where the partnership stops either, between June 6-20 Landr will also donate $1 to SocialWorks for every new user who masters a track with its software in addition to donating 10 percent of all purchases to the organization.


“The pursuit of creating art is a universally honest and necessary expression of our hopes, dreams, and emotions— art is rooted in our innate sense of curiosity, none more so than from the infinite imagination of our youth. However, these journeys of personal expression are never just black and white, and not every voice gets heard. That’s why SocialWorks and LANDR are launching a summer program to provide students in Chicago the necessary tools to tell their stories to the world. Together, we’ll shape the musicians of tomorrow, by supporting the kids today.” – Chance The Rapper

Thank you Chance The Rapper, SocialWorks, Landr, and Kids of the Kingdom for your inspiring work!

Chance The Rapper and SocialWorks Raise $2,000 And Awareness At The Magnificent Coloring Day Music Festival

Chance The Rapper’s career is simply magnificent. The rapper has truly not let any labels stop him, from having the first streaming-exclusive album to chart on Billboard, to giving Chicago a music festival of a lifetime with the Magnificent Coloring Day at U.S Cellular Field. Other than Chance surprising festival goers with a very touching performance with Kanye West and a lineup like no other, the festival also raised $2,000 for SocialWorks.

SocialWorks is a nonprofit founded by Chancelor “Chance The Rapper”, Justin Cunningham, Essence Smith, and  Kenneth Bennet (Chance’s Father). The organization aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, professionalism, and connectivity within the youth throughout Chicago.

The organization has been in the works since early 2015 when it introduced OpenMike an organization for young creators that helps build the next cultural community. OpenMike has hosted over 16 events creating a safe space for over 350 high school students to engage with some of their favorite artists, explore, dig deep, learn, and network with peers who have similar interests.

The next OpenMike will be held next week: 


What else has SocialWorks done for their community?

  • SocialWorks partned up with the Chicago Park District in the summer of 2015 to reintroduce Chicago locals to their city, showing them a variety of public spaces.
  • SocialWorks is a part of Covenant Faith Church of God’s Kids of the Kingdom, a 6-week program that gives 50 elementary school students the opportunity to learn through music.
  • SocialWorks partnered up with The Empowerment Plant to create The Warmest Winter, an initiative that fundraised $117,517 for 1,175 coats that were distributed to the homeless of Chicago.

The organization is just getting started and intends to continue to cultivate new and interactive experiences and lessons for the youth and local talent of Chicago to use as a tool to flourish.

Source: www.PursitOfDopeness.com

Chance The Rapper Raises More Than $100,000 For “Warmest Winter” Project

There’s no doubting that when Chance The Rapper sets a goal, he achieves it.

We recently brought you the news that the Chicago native was investing his time in his #WarmestWinter project, where he had a goal to raise $100,000 to buy coats for the homeless population in his hometown.

On Friday (January 8), Chance took to his Twitter on to announce that his campaign had raised more than $100,000, completing its goal to fund the 1,000 jackets.

He wrote:

Thanks to good people we raised over $100000 in a few weeks for #WarmestWinter We’ll keep buying coats til the 13th.”

As of yesterday morning, his publication The Empowerment Plan, had raised a total $101,867.

Congrats Chance The Rapper, and to find out more about his Warmest Winter campaign head over to their website.

Chance The Rapper Raises $60,000 in Only Ten Days for “Warmest Winter” Project

It has only been 10 days since Chance The Rapper announced his “Warmest Winter” initiative designed to keep Chicago’s homeless population warm this Winter. In only 10 days the Chicago rapper raised over $60,000, just $40,000 shy of his initial goal.

Chance plans to use the funds to purchase 1,000 EMPWR Coats to help individuals brave the harsh winter weather Chicago is notorious for. Accoding to the site the EMPWR coat is a water-resistant and self-heating jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use.

There is never too much help and Chance can certainly use your hand in this initiative.

Check out a tweet from Chance himself to see how you can get in on the giving!

Chance the Rapper Plans to Raise $100,000 for the Homeless

With cold winters headed our way, Chance the Rapper’s real concern is towards the homeless population in Chicago.

Chance’s most recent efforts to better his hometown is to make sure homeless people aren’t suffering in the harsh weather. His “Warmer Winter” initiative is dedicated to raising $100,000 to buy coats for them. So far, enough money has been made to buy 30 EMPWR coats. The goal amount will help buy exactly 1,000 coats to assist through the notoriously harsh Chicago winters.

To learn more or contribute, click the link here.

Chance The Rapper Is The Field Trip Chaperon We Wish We Had

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On July 7, Chance The Rapper took a group of Chicago youth on a field trip to Chicago’s Field Museum and it’s like the coolest thing ever. The group of 6-11 year old students boarded a bus and off they went for a trip they’ll probably never forget.

The rapper let us in on some of the fun by sharing photos and videos on his Instagram . The photos make us a little jealous of all the fun they obviously had but we can’t even be mad even if we tried.

Check out some of the photos from the field trip below!

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Chance the Rapper Awarded by Chicago Teens

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In a city plagued with violence and crime, Chance the Rapper uses his voice to reach Chicago youth. And his efforts have not gone unnoticed. On Nov. 10, 100 Chicago teens awarded the rapper with the “Outstanding Youth Award”.

His plaque read, “For Your Outstanding Contribution To The Youth Of The State Of Illinois. You Have Given Of Yourself To The Upward Mobility Of Young People Throughout The State Of Illinois.”

Chance took to his Instagram to share this moment with his followers claiming, “I received the most important award I will ever win today.”

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