Chance the Rapper is back at it again with new efforts to improve Chicago’s public school system.
This time, the Chicago native donned the iconic black turtleneck, dad jeans, and New Balance sneakers onstage to announce a new awards ceremony highlighting “teachers, parents, principals, and students that convey leadership.”
Revealed at a conference held by the charity “SocialWorks,” which Chance co-founded, the inaugural Twilight Awards are planned to be hosted in June of 2018 in the city of Chicago.
The event will be in partnership with the city, feature guest performances, and be hosted by Late Show host James Corden.
Ironically, the announcement of this education initiative comes close to the five-year anniversary of Chance’s first project 10 Day, a mixtape the rapper conceived of, wrote, and recorded while serving a ten day suspension he received in high school.
Since that time, the enormous rise of Chance’s celebrity has only been matched by his commitment to giving back to his hometown of Chicago.
His charity SocialWorks was established to “empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.”
In March of this year, Chance donated $1 million to Chicago public schools after discussing budget cuts to school funding with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner.
The Chicago Public School District is expected to face a budget deficit of $544 million during the upcoming school year if legislators don’t approve additional state funding.
Chance probably won’t dress in the recognizable apparel of the Apple legend again, but he definitely will keep working to ensure that teachers in Chicago get the recognition they deserve.