chance pledges over $1 mil to chicago mental health

October 10, 2018
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It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay and we hope you’re looking out for you the way Chance The Rapper looks out for his home town of Chicago.

The South Side-reared rapper just pledged to donate over $1 million to Chicago mental health initiatives through his charity SocialWorks. Chance – real name Chancellor Bennet – announced that SocialWorks will be giving six Cook County mental health providers $100 000 grants as a part of the rapper’s new “My State Of Mind” initiative according to Chicago Sun-Times.


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The #socialworkssummit was a huge success, it was great getting to announce our new projects heading into the next quarter. But even more important was giving u guys transparency and a look into how all our projects work. We want you to understand all the mechanics of each grant, fund and event we put together, 1 because you deserve to know and 2 in hopes that you want to actively participate somehow. The 1st year report for the new chance fund is now available online at the @socialworks_chi website and pretty soon the physical booklet will be made available. I’m so proud of this small team that put it all together and very grateful for this city and the world at large for being so supportive of the efforts, wghether financially or thru volunteering. Looking fwd to #MyStateOfMind and 2nd tier of #NewChanceFund schools

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“We want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed,” Chance said at his SocialWorks Summit. “We need a new space where people can get information on how they feel, on where to go and a network for us to interact and review our mental health spaces, and create a community of people helping people.”

The Patron Saint of Chicago also announced that 20 public schools will each receive $100 000 towards mental health services within schools. “We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back.” The rapper already donated $1 million to Chicago inner-city schools in 2017, in an attempt to address the gross neglect those schools have endured from the politicians.

Applications for the grants begin in January.