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Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we firmly believe young people are fundamental to long-term transformation. 
 

The project—which focused on a small cohort of Brooklyn secondary schools—aimed to implement restorative justice as an alternative to punitive discipline; with a goal to positively transform schools, repair harm, and promote the equitable treatment of Black students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students citywide. 

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Saturday, June 27th, streaming live from across Brooklyn, our Brooklyn Youth Activists presented the 2020 Youth Voice Awards, honoring eight exciting projects led by youth that offer innovative solutions to the impacts of COVID-19 and systemic injustice in their communities. 

 

Mars Ikeda
Communications Intern

Invest in Youth grantee Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) are taking on a source of major injustice they face every day in their own schools. GGE’s new policy brief “Suspending Self Expression” examines the link between school dress codes in NYC public schools and school pushout—and the disproportionate impact it has on Black and Latinx young women and gender non-conforming/non-binary (GNC/NB) youth.

We are announcing funding for 55 local nonprofits as part of our Invest in Youth initiative, bringing our overall support for youth-focused programs to $2.6 million in 2019! 

We have come a long way in our 10 years as Brooklyn’s community foundation. In our annual Insights to Impact Report, you will learn more about our work meeting the needs of our borough’s most vulnerable communities and supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of change.

Hannah Jatsch
Guest Author

Hannah Jatsch, a student at The Packer Collegiate Institute, writes about a panel event hosted by the Foundation that centered on race, equity, and community engagement, and how communication between youth and adults plays an important role in the journey to build a more fair and just Brooklyn.

Iman Abdul
Guest Author

Iman Abdul, Director of Educaiton and Engagement for our Invest in Youth grantee IntegrateNYC, writes about their mission to promote integration and equity in NYC’s public school system and #RetireSegregation.

We recently visited the Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC) to learn more about their inspiring work supported by our Invest in Youth grant program. 

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