Google Gives $1.5 Million To Chance The Rapper's Foundation & CPS

PHOTO: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

PHOTO: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Thanks to Chance The Rapper's, both SocialWorks and CPS will be getting more funding for education. Google recently gave Chance The Rapper and CPS $1.5 million to help fund coding classes.

"It's important for these kids to learn the skills of tomorrow. We don't know exactly what these jobs will look like, but we know that the skills they're going to learn in coding — analytical thinking, creative problem solving — are critical to the future," according to Justin Steele, head of Google's U.S. philanthropy arm.

The funds will be split up between Chance's SocialWorks and CPS' Children's First Fund. SocialWorks received $1 Million and the Children First Fund will received $500k. CPS has agreed to provide computer science education for grades kindergarten through the 12th grade. According to Chance, this is enough money to fund coding classes for 20 Chicago public schools on the south and west side.

 "Our grant with Google.org helps SocialWorks provide programming that sheds light on another pathway to success for young Chicagoans. 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, according to the executive director of SocialWorks, Justin Cunningham.