Chance the Rapper Chooses LEARN South Chicago for $100,000 Grant

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago native and Grammy award winner Chance the Rapper announced Thursday, October 4th, that his non-profit organization, SocialWorks, has chosen 20 Chicago Public Schools to support in the New Chance Fund. LEARN South Chicago was chosen to be a recipient of a three-year $100,000 grant in support of computer science education.  LEARN South Chicago is one of two charter schools chosen to receive funding.

This grant will allow LEARN South Chicago to improve computer science programming through multiple initiatives, including 1:1 technology, STEM teacher training and development, coding programs, and a computer science lab.  Additionally, LEARN South Chicago is planning to have teacher Mr. Perkins utilize a curriculum for students to apply technology to projects they design, make academic connections and develop the skills students need for college success.

LEARN South Chicago was selected to receive funding based on annual school performance rating, number of low-income students and access to in-school computer science programming.  Schools are selected at random and were told a few weeks prior that they were chosen.

“We live in a world where science, technology, engineering and math play a critical role in every job, every home and every aspect of advanced learning,” said LEARN South Chicago Principal David Lewis. “This funding ensures our scholars can discover a wide range of applied technologies and engage in first-hand experiences in STEM.”

“This funding is important because it gives our students access to the resources needed for a 21st century education. As LEARN South Chicago continually reinforces its mission to provide scholars an academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree, having STEM infused into our curriculum will help get our students to that next level in life.”

Other schools selected:

  • Frazier Preparatory Academy Elementary School
  • Carroll-Rosenwald Specialty Elementary School
  • Edward Coles Elementary Language Academy
  • Henry O Tanner Elementary School
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
  • Charles R Henderson Elementary School
  • Harriet E Sayre Elementary Language Academy
  • Nicholson Technology Academy
  • Christian Fenger Academy High School
  • Roger C Sullivan High School
  • Bowen High School
  • Al Raby High School
  • Multicultural Academy of Scholarship
  • Hyde Park Academy High School
  • Edward Tilden Career Community Academy HS
  • Bronzeville Scholastic Academy High School
  • Collins Academy High School
  • William J Bogan High School
  • Edwin G Foreman College and Career Academy


LEARN Charter School Network is a network of high-performing K-8, tuition-free, public charter schools.  LEARN has 10 schools and serves nearly 4,000 scholars in Chicago, North Chicago and Waukegan.  The mission of LEARN is to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. For more information, please visit www.learncharter.org

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