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Chance The Rapper Announces $2M Innovation Initiative For Chicago Youth


Rap superhero Chance The Rapper has come up with yet another way to positively impact the youth in his hometown. 

Chance took to Facebook live on Wednesday to announce that he was joining charitable organization Chicago Beyond in their mission to raise $2 million to fund innovative projects that help young people. The organization is accepting 90-second video submissions from non-profits all over the country that want to help them do this.

The non-profits looking to participate must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been in existence (or be working with a nonprofit organization that has been in existence) for at least three years

  • Provide a new approach or way of solving a complex issue facing Chicago’s youth

  • Work with young people between the ages of 13 to 25 years old

  • Be willing to work with Chicago Beyond and a research partner to learn from and grow their work

  • Produce audited financial reports for the last three years (only if invited to the Formal Review Process)

  • Note: Chicago Beyond will not invest in individuals, benefits, annual campaigns, private schools or private research

According to their website, Chicago Beyond is, “a venture philanthropy fund that was created to transform the lives of young people by focusing on two critical issues — youth safety and educational attainment. We strive to identify disruptive and innovative ideas within these two areas to invest in, to learn from, and, most importantly, to grow.”

If you have or know of a non-profit that should join the initiative, the deadline to get down is July 7.


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