Vic Mensa Launches “Save Money Save Life” To Help Children Move Past The TRAUMA

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The toxic ideals established by the institution of slavery still linger in Black minds: colorism, internalized racism, vacant esteem, prominence of violence, and more. Although these forms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are very prominent among Black people, it’s not often that mental health is recognized within the Black community, both from outsiders and within ourselves. Often times, depression is a taboo and not believed within Black populations.

PTSD is most common in violent communities, where, due to gun violence, people get shot and killed every day. There is often no recognition for mothers who have lost sons, for sisters who have lost brothers, and for students and families who have lost countless numbers of friends. There is no funding allocated for Black communities to deal with their trauma, only continuing the cycle of dysfunctional, generational mindsets. When will we begin serious rehabilitation for the patterns of Black minds?

Vic Mensa believes he has an answer to that question. On Friday, March 16th, Mensa launched his non-profit program, Save Money Save Life, dedicated to promoting mental health and rehabilitation at Chicago’s most at-risk high schools. Growing up in Chicago, the rapper has experienced the trauma that develops with repeatedly losing close friends to gun violence. Mensa has always been socially aware, or “woke,” as we would call it, and he has acted as an activist and worked to bring awareness to issues in the Black communities caused by systemic racism.

Save Money Save Life will feature various key initiatives. One will be StreetMedics, a program dedicated to training first-responders in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, another will work towards placing mental health professionals in Chicago’s at-risk schools. The other initiative is UniVerse, an educational program targeting indigenous and Black youth via a summer mentorship program.

Mensa told that the reason he is starting the foundation is because the need to invest in the community is there. “Oftentimes, people ask me, ‘What is the main cause of the unrest in Chicago?’ And I point to the lack of investment in the community. To everything being sapped from the community. To young men being snatched up and generations of fathers being imprisoned. And drugs being pumped into the community. And guns being pumped into the community. But there’s still no positive constructive resources being put into the community.”

Mensa’s activism continues to reshape Black communities and should not go unnoticed. Mensa has proven that he is more than just a rapper, and he has already made a huge difference in the Black community.


By Sullivan Anderson, Sophomore, Jones College Prep

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