Chance the Rapper
Tactic:Dump a million bucks into arts and literature education
Logistics:The money will go toward textbooks and music programs for downtrodden schools.
Schools:Twenty-two and counting on the South and West Sides
Will it work?BET already named Chance its Humanitarian of the Year (partly) for the effort—even though it’s just starting.
Tactic:Teach students Transcendental Meditation
Logistics:Kids will go Zen for 15 minutes twice a day, ostensibly reducing stress, boosting grades, and decreasing violence.
Schools:Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School and Bowen and Gage Park high schools
Will it work?The U. of C.’s Crime Lab is doing a multiyear study to find out.
Tactic:Perform classical music with and for students
Logistics:The cellist is a regular presence in schools across the city, most recently playing alongside members of the Chicago Children’s Choir at St. Sabina Church.
Schools:Around five a year since 2010
Will it work?At the St. Sabina concert alone he raised $70,000 for the church’s program for at-risk youth.