Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Youth Leadership

Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We are honored to help shape National Grid’s inaugural Youth Spaces Competition and celebrate the winners at a reception that was held last week at the Weeksville Heritage Center. 

Sabine Frid-Bernards
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

Our grantee partners at YVote have a wide range of new and exciting initiatives on the horizon, including working with community boards to learn how to engage young people and encourage them to run for office. 

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In times of crisis we find strength in our neighbors—in local violence interrupters—who are leading the movement to grow public safety and communal healing.

We are proud to announce $2.5M in grants to 55 organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative in 2021, determined for the first time in partnership with our new council of youth advisors. 

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

While celebrating the theme of justice and healing, the Brooklyn Youth Fellows presented the 2018 recipients of The Youth Voice Awards in a ceremony held at the Foundation on Friday, June 8th.

Maria Ylvisaker
Communications Coordinator

We are proud to share a recently released report on the first two years of the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, a funders collaborative aimed at supporting young women of color and transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

Last weekend, 70 youth came together for the second annual Youth Unite! Conference at the YWCA in Brooklyn. With workshops, an open mic, a community dinner, and more, it was a powerful event that left participants feeling unified in their shared goals.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

This week we’ve seen a spotlight on youth activism around the country that has inspired both hope and action. Here in Brooklyn, youth activists are showing their commitment to justice by rallying for immigrant rights legislation and organizing to invest in local youth leadership.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Sunday, March 5th, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows led their first-ever conference, designed for youth, by youth. The Youth Resistance Conference  aka #YouthResist2017 — was held in partnership with youth leaders at the YWCA Brooklyn. 

Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

Grants total $1,915,000, bringing the Foundation’s funding for youth-serving nonprofits in Brooklyn to $2.3 million in 2016.