For the second consecutive year, Chance the Rapper has partnered with Lyft to empower Chicago public school students.
Earlier this month, the hip-hop star, born Chancelor J. Bennett, announced on Twitter a partnership between his non-profit, SocialWorks, and Lyft to raise money for the Chicago Public School System (CPS).
Through the month of September, Lyft’s Round-Up program will give customers the opportunity to donate to The New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which focuses on arts enrichment education for Chicago schools in need. To participate, Lyft customers can round up the cost of their rides through the ride-sharing app. Lyft will also match every donation made during the month-long campaign.
Along with The New Chance Fund, Lyft’s Round-Up gives riders the opportunity to donate to other non-profits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Black Girls Code, and the ACLU Foundation. “Opt in to Round Up & Donate and we’ll round up your fares to the nearest dollar, then donate the difference to a charitable cause of your choice,” reads Lyft.com.
Since its launch in 2016, Chance’s SocialWorks has raised $2.2 million for CPS, helped the homeless, encouraged Chicago Public School students to learn how to code, and funded college-bound high school students.
Earlier this year, the 25-year-old rapper announced his purchase of a media company to combat racism. “I got a hit-list so long I don’t know how to finish, I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist b—-s out of business,” he raps in a song titled “I Might Need Security.” His company, Social Media L.L.C., bought the Chicagoist.com, a local news, food, and culture outlet, to promote local investigative journalism, diversity, and representation for people of color in the media.