Chicago's Chance the Rapper has risen to fame over the last few years but it hasn't stopped him from giving back to his hometown. Paideia Academy on the city's South Side, Chance announced grants totaling $1.5 million from tech giant Google.
Can Chance the Rapper do something mean, please? The performer, a Chicago native whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, is the latest to join a growing national effort to put computers and computer skills in the hands of boys and girls from all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Google also gave $500,000 to Children First Fund to support computer science programming at CPS. Computer science skills such as analytical thinking and creative problem solving are critical for young people who will be hunting for jobs in an increasingly automated society.
The three-time Grammy victor teamed up with Google to bring computer science education to students in the Chicago area.
Earlier Tuesday (Dec. 5), Chance expressed his gratitude to Chicago and the Social Works team for making the special event "one of its best nights yet".
Chicago's philanthropic rapper brought an early Christmas to his home city on Monday, gifting 300 pairs of unreleased Jordan Retro 11s to a crowd of high school students.