#chance the rapper made music history this past year. He was nominated for 7 Grammy's as an artist without a label, and won three of them. He is widely known for his hopeful music. His latest mixtape, "Coloring Book," is rap mixed with gospel. The mixtape focuses on running away from record labels, changes in life, and saving the kids of Chicago. What many people don't see is that Chance has been quite an activist for his city, helping to restore hope for many people.

The city of Chicago

Chance grew up on the south side of Chicago. He knows from personal experience the troubles that kids find themselves in, particularly when school is out for summer break.

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Many Chicago schools didn't have the funding to stay open for the rest of the school year this year, and when meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner resulted in no changes, Chance took it upon himself to donate $1 million to the #Chicago Public School system. His activism has inspired others to donate to schools in the community as well, including the Chicago Bulls.

Chance has his own charity as well, SocialWorks. SocialWorks' purpose is to “to empower the youth through arts, education, and civic engagement.” He raised over $100,000 for SocialWorks at his own birthday party this year, held at the Studio Paris nightclub in Chicago. Chance's dedication to improving his home city, starting with giving youth better chances and activities to stay out of the streets, makes him one of the most hope-inspiring people our generation has seen.

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Political Recognition

Throughout Chance's rise to fame, he's gained many fans of all ages and from all backgrounds. Two of Chance's biggest fans are President Barack Obama and First Lady #Michelle Obama. Chance performed at the White House's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and attended the last White House State Dinner under Obama.

Not only do they enjoy his music, but they are also extremely appreciative of his activism. Michelle Obama gave him a Twitter shout-out for his donation and work going to the Chicago Public School system.

Hope for our generation

Chance reminds us every day that there is hope for our seemingly hopeless generation, and hope for generations to come. At 24 years old, Chance shows us that we can all do our part, no matter how small. From apologizing for accidentally liking offensive comments on Instagram to donating $1 million to public schools, Chance inspires us all in small ways.

His music broadcasts the hopeful messages that he acts out. Seeing such a young artist use his platform to inspire and change the lives of so many is one of the most hope-inspiring acts we've seen in years.

We're excited to see what else you've got coming for us, Chance.