Chance The Rapper Gives Back To His Hometown With $1 Million For Chicago Public Schools

He says it's a "call to action."

On Monday afternoon, three-time Grammy winner Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School to announce he's donating $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation "for arts and enrichment programming."

The 23-year-old rapper, a Chicago native, met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week to discuss state funding for Chicago schools. Rauner vetoed a bill that would provide $215 million in funding, and as a result, staff could be laid off and the school year cut short. "This means more over 380,000 kids will not have adult-supervised activities in June and could possibly be put in harm's way," Chance said at the press conference. He called his talks with the governor "unsuccessful."

"Gov. Rauner still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums," Chance said during the press conference. "Gov. Rauner, do your job."



Happy 180th Birthday Chicago. Time to do our jobs.

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In addition to presenting a $1 million novelty check, the rapper also plans to give 10 additional donations of $10,000 to local schools, including Westcott Elementary, which is located in West Chatham on the South Side, not far from where Chance grew up. The rapper explained that his donation was funded by ticket sales from his upcoming tour and described the gesture as a "call to action."

Chance's nonprofit Social Works pledges to match every $100,000 received with a $10,000 donation to a Chicago school. "As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I'm asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning," he said.

Chance received praise for the donation on social media, including from fellow Chicagoan and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who tweeted, "You are an example of the power of arts education."

This isn't the first time Chance has supported the arts in his hometown. He's also hosted open mic nights for high schoolers, including one at Harold Washington Public Library, where he performed in 2011 before he was famous. He also recently bought out a Chicago movie theater to allow more people to see the film Get Out. His generous actions are a powerful example of staying connected to your roots and using your success to give back.

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

See more about Chance's donation in the clip below:

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