Chance the Rapper giving $1M to boost mental health services | AP entertainment

Chance the Rapper giving $1M to boost mental health services | AP entertainment

His nonprofit has given millions to Chicago schools in recent years. Now, he's set his charitable sights on mental health services.

Chance fans and Chicago residents were proud of the new initiative.

The rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, announced on Thursday that he is donating $1 million to improve mental health services in his hometown.

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One of the most notable events organized by Chance The Rapper and his non-profit organization is the monthly OpenMike night, where high school students are welcome to showcase their creativity on stage. Chance added. "We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours". During the announcement, Chance explained that a major focus for the initiative stems from wanting "to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed". Back in 2017, Chance revealed that he had managed to raise $2.2 million for Chicago Public Schools, a sum which went towards bringing "arts programs and materials to schools". 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.

At the press conference today, Chance revealed that six wellness providers will receive $100,000 grants as part of the donation.

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