Google Awards $1 Million Grant To Chance The Rapper’s “SocialWorks” Youth Charity
When he isn’t unpacking his Grammy awards with daughter Kensli or gathering his “dreadheads in the lobby”, Chance The Rapper is probably somewhere fighting for the youth in his hometown of Chicago to have better opportunities. The “Coloring Book” rapper who once donated $1 million of his own money to Chicago’s public school system is now getting some major help from tech giant Google. ESSENCE reports the search engine which is well-known for a colorful homepage itself, will award a $1 million grant to Chance’s SocialWorks empowerment charity in an effort to create STEM opportunities for people of color. An additional $500,000 will go to Chicago’s public schools. The grant will help educators implement computer science and art into their classrooms.
Google.org principal Justin Steele says the company is happy to do its part to help underserved communities access technology to unleash their creative potential:
“We’re honored to support SocialWorks’ mission to help underrepresented students in Chicago reach their full potential, as well as Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to turn computer science into a pathway for creative expression.”
“There’s so much talent and creativity in the communities that these schools serve — and Chance The Rapper embodies what can happen when that creativity is unleashed. With exposure to computer science, students can use technology to turn their creative passions — whether that’s art, writing, music or something else — into something bigger.”
Keeping up the giving spirit of the holidays, the “No Problem” rapper who looks out for his hometown all year long recently made headlines for teaming up with the Jordan brand to gift 300 pairs of unreleased sneakers to teens who attended the latest SocialWorks “Open Mic Night” which aims to provide a platform and fellowship space for aspiring young creatives to connect with each other and hear from notable public figures.
SocialWorks Executive Director Justin Cunningham shared that even if every student won’t be a future Google employee, the effort is still important for every single pupil:
“While every student doesn’t need to become a computer scientist, understanding the basics empowers them to understand the world they live in.”
“The opportunity to help kids code to share their music, artwork, and distinct point of view is at the core of our mission and an experience we look forward to providing in classrooms across the city.”
We’ll say it does make all of the sense to invest into the same public school system that gave us Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah, Kanye West and of course hometown hero, Chance. The grant is the latest in ongoing youth outreach efforts for both Google and the rapper. Earlier in 2017, Chance raised a whopping $2.2 million for Chicago Public Schools and gifted 20 schools with $100,000 each through his recently established New Chance Arts and Literature Fund.
Chance is making sure technology and art are no longer a problem for Chicago public schools. In addition to sharing the news with his 6 million Twitter followers, Chance took the great news one step further and made the announcement in person to one lucky computer science class. You can see their reaction in the clip below: