Chance The Rapper is not only a three-time Grammy Award winner (as of last night!) — he is also incredibly active in giving back to his native Chicago by being very hands-on. In 2014, he started the social media campaign #SaveChicago with his father to combat the increasing murder rate in Chicago. Because of the campaign, Chicago went 42 hours without a gun-related murder.
Chance worked with the Chicago Cultural Center, and later the Chicago Public Library, to start the bi-monthly Open Mike nights, the events are free to teens with a school ID. (If you’re in Chicago and want to check one out, follow them on Twitter @OpenMikeChicago) Open Mike Night gives students the unique opportunity to engage and interact with some of their favorite artists while exploring their creative processes to find inspiration they can later use in their own work. Because of his incredible dedication to helping the community, Chance was awarded Chicago’s Outstanding Youth Award!
In 2015, Chance raised $100,000 with his brother which paid for new technology in 6 Chicago elementary schools. He also organized and performed at the first Teens in the Park Festival, which was a free concert in Chicago for teens and young adults.
Chance unveiled his non-profit organization SocialWorks in 2016. “SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, professionalism, and connectivity within the youth throughout Chicago.” The foundation for SocialWorks began in 2014 when Chance began his Open Mike Nights.
We’re excited to see all the good he’ll continue to do in 2017!