Chance the Rapper is turning into the Oprah of Chicago's public schools
After donating $1 million to his hometown's embattled public school system earlier this month, the 23-year-old rapper held a second press conference Friday, where he announced that the Chicago Bulls will match his contribution.
In addition to the Bulls' $1 million investment, Chance also announced the creation of a new after-school arts program for the city's students, the Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which targets schools that have seen decreases in five-year graduation rates, reports NBC Chicago.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a total of $2.2 million has now been raised for Chicago public schools via Chance's fundraising efforts, with the rapper sending $10,000 donations to an additional 12 schools.
The Bulls' investment comes after Chance called on corporate donors to match his own contributions at his previous press conference.
The rapper, who is currently hunting for an intern, previously met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss Chicago's public school system. But Chance voiced his frustration after the meeting, claiming the governor "broke his promise to Chicago's children" when he "vetoed the funding to close out the school year," and has since held a series of press conferences announcing his own donations to the city's schools.
Following Chance's initial million-dollar donation, Billboard published a poignant letter from three 10th grade students in the Chicago public school system, thanking the rapper for his support.
"You're more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life," they wrote. "You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that's something no one has done for us."