2017-18 Incubator Project Application Now Open
The Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Project at Brooklyn Community Foundation aims to support promising local leaders and organizations. Each year, we will help build the capacity of up to three small, innovative organizations dedicated to sparking change for a more fair and just Brooklyn.
The 2015-16 Incubator Project participating groups are Be More, an organization using technology to build a movement to combat racial inequities, Domestic Workers United, an organization advocating for the rights of caregivers and housekeepers, and The Precedential Group, a neighborhood-based approach to reducing gun violence.
The Foundation selected the three Incubator Project organizations for their strong leadership, unique approaches, and connection to the Foundation’s strategic priorities:
- Be More is an organization committed to disrupting racial inequities through innovation and technology. Be More aims to raise awareness about race-based disparities, train change agents with tools to reduce unconscious bias to eliminate racial inequities, and foster leadership to enable multiracial social change movements. In the coming year, Be More will launch its second #Vision2040 social media video campaign, organize community gatherings to heal from racism, and prototype a training to reduce unconscious bias using evidence-based techniques. For more information: bemoreamerica.org
- Domestic Workers United (DWU) is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African caregivers and housekeepers—concentrated in Crown Heights and Flatbush—that organizes to end exploitation and oppression for all workers whose labor is based primarily in homes and is not protected by most labor laws in New York City. DWU has adopted a model that centers on the development of strong, low-income immigrant women of color leaders who have the drive, training, and sensitivity to lead a movement for social change. For more information: domesticworkersunited.org
- The Precedential Group, founded by Marlon Peterson in 2014, is an organization working to establish “Child Safe Zones” to reduce gun violence in Brooklyn neighborhoods by engaging young people, local police, schools, and residents. Marlon Peterson has led, advised, and supported several criminal justice reform organizations including Fortune Society, Crown Heights Mediation Center, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Marlon recently received the Soros Fellowship Award from Open Society Foundation. For more information: marlonpeterson.com