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Google Donates $1.5 Million to Chance the Rapper’s Charity and Chicago Public Schools

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Chance the Rapper and Google are teaming up to give back in a huge way!  On Wednesday (December 6), Chance announced that Google funded coding classes for 20 schools in his hometown of Chicago. The tech company has donated $1.5 million to the Grammy-winning rapper’s non-profit organization Social Works and Chicago Public Schools.

“Our grant with Google.org helps SocialWorks provide programming that sheds light on another pathway to success for young Chicagoans,” Justin Cunningham, executive director of Social Works said in a press release. “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.”

Co-founded by the “No Problem” rapper,  Social Works is a non-profit organization that “aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.”

With $1 million going to Social Works and $500,000 to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All initiative, Google.org Principle Justin Steele says the generous grant will help teachers implement a computer science curriculum in the classrooms, which will give students a chance to express themselves and explore the computer science field.

“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,” Steele said in the press release. “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 into something bigger.”

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