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Chance pledges $1 million to mental health services

PLEDGE: Chance the Rapper announced his latest charitable initiative at the second annual SocialWorks summit

CHANCE THE Rapper has pledged $1 million to mental health services in his home city of Chicago.

The funding announcement was made during the second annual summit held by his charity, SocialWorks.

The 25-year-old said: “With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you.”

The No Problem rapper’s pledge comes under the banner of a new initiative called My State of Mind. It means that six mental health organisations will receive a $100,000 grant to support their work.

In a statement, SocialWorks said the aim of My State of Mind is “to unify the broader mental health community, increase the access and visibility of services in Cook County, and make it admirable to be honest with yourself”.

Chance’s charitable work has also seen him donate considerable amounts to education initiatives in the city, which has been marred by serious violence in recent years.

SocialWorks was started by Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, two years ago.

The charity aims to empower Chicago’s youth through access to the arts, education and civic engagement.

The news has been welcomed across the city and many used social media to convey their appreciation of the rapper’s philanthropic efforts.

One Twitter user said: “Chance the Rapper is such an inspiration and catalyst for the youth. The work he is doing with Social Works is groundbreaking.”

Another said: “So glad I got to experience this, the energy in the room after this announcement was wild.”

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