Common is putting his words into action when it comes to helping out the youth. Yesterday, he hit the airwaves of CNN to speak about his appearance on a recent episode of CNN’s documentary series “Chicagoland” and his commitment to help Chicago’s youth.

“I feel like it’s my duty to give back. I’ve been afforded the chance to go out and live out my dreams. And I’m still dreaming,” said the G.O.O.D. Music veteran, “I want to inspire and open up the gateways for the younger people in Chicago to pursue their dreams.”

During his appearance on “Chicagoland” Com was asked by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to help the city in their efforts to reach youth.

Earlier this month, Common was part of a press conference announcing The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, a joint effort from his own organization, the Common Ground Foundation, Kanye West’s charity Donda’s House and the Urban League’s Chicago branch to connect young people with jobs. The Collaborative’s goal is to find 20,000 jobs for Chicagoland area kids.-G. Valentino Ball