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Vic Mensa's SaveMoneySaveLife foundation plans to train 11,000 young people to be street medics


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Vic Mensa is giving young people an opportunity to do something worthwhile.

While speaking with Essence, the Roc Nation artist revealed that his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation has big plans. The foundation plans to train 11,000 young people to be street medics.

"We train and equip first aid responders in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods," Mensa says in reference to his program. "And teach them how to not bleed out, how to stop blood flow from gunshot wounds."

Elsewhere during his conversation, the Chicago rapper explained that he got the idea from his trip in the Gaza Strip. He explains that the city had a lot of violence going on.

"I was in the occupied West Bank in Palestine and I met a young man from Gaza who was from an organization called Build Palestine," Mensa explains. "[They] had a similar program where they trained 35 first aid responders, I think it was in Gaza."

He also explains that the ambulance takes a long time to arrive with treatment, which also served as an inspiration to him to train young people on what to do in an emergency situation.

"Like the ambulances take a long time, might not come, might not be anywhere good to get treated, and it's a war zone.

Earlier this year, the 26-year-old rapper announced that his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation is aiding homeless people in Chicago in the wake of the record-breaking cold. He teamed up with Healthy Hood Chicago to help bring his vision to life.

"Chicago, as you know it's cold as f—k right now," he said in an Instagram clip. "What you may not be thinking about is those who may not have a roof over their head to protect them from this weather."

In addition to using his platform to better those around him, Mensa has also spoken out against violence, police brutality and more.

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