Community Fund Grants

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Organization Yearsort ascending Amount Initiative Program Project Description Neighborhoods
Drive Change 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Provide training and first job experience for formerly incarcerated and court-involved young people through a nonprofit food truck. Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick
DRUM 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To organize South Asian youth, families, and immigrant workers to win campaigns focused on educational equity, economic justice, legalization, workplace rights, and an end to racial profiling and anti-immigrant enforcement. Flatbush, Midwood
Groundswell 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program School year and summer programs that engage youth from underserved communities in public mural making as a means of social change while developing their leadership and creative skills. Boroughwide
H.O.L.L.A - How Our Lives Link Altogether 2016 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A social justice education, leadership, and organizing program for low income youth of color focused on trauma recovery and healing Boroughwide
Exalt 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To counteract the school-to-prison pipeline by elevating expectations of personal success for court-involved youth through job skills courses, individualized support, paid internships, and alumni network. Boroughwide
El Puente 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To organize communities of color to fight gentrification through youth-led community campaigns and initiatives focused on environmental justice, climate change, community safety, and racial/cultural equity in education, the arts, and wellness. Williamsburg
Brooklyn Defender Services 2016 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Comprehensive free legal representation to court-involved youth with a focus on school discipline and reentry, special education placements, alternative pathways to graduation, alternatives to incarceration, and counseling. Boroughwide
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Creative, educational, and vocational development of Black and Caribbean youth in Central Brooklyn. Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Flatbush
Kings Against Violence Initiative 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Hospital-based violence interruption program and in-school and community-based discussion groups and workshops. East New York, Brownsville, Flatbush
Reconnect 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To connect youth to employment, entrepreneurship training, and access to college credit to help navigate systemic challenges that make it hard to find sustainable employment. Bedford Stuyvesant
Make the Road New York 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Immigrant youth-led organizing programs focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, community schools, and greater police accountability and transparency. Bushwick
Brooklyn Free School 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient The Brooklyn Free School Team for "Let's Talk About It! Housing Justice," a project aimed at educating and creating a documentary on housing justice and gentrification. It will engage youth by arranging visits to town hall meetings, reading articles and watching interviews addressing housing, gentrification and justice, as well as opportunities to engage with the Mayor’s office and participate in local shelter events. As part of the project, the youth team will create a documentary and facilitate a workshop for youth on housing rights. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill
Reel Works 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Documentary filmmaking and media production programs for youth, including school-based program with four middle and high schools in Brownsville. Boroughwide, Brownsville
Footsteps 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support formerly ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth transitioning into mainstream society with resources, leadership development, and peer connections. Crown Heights, Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush, Williamsburg
JustLeadership USA 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To empower court-involved youth to drive policy reforms, including the campaign to #CloseRikers, a comprehensive multiyear effort to close Rikers Island Detention Facility. Boroughwide
Ancient Song Doula Services 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Awarded to Sevonna Marie Brown with Ancient Song Doula Services for "Reproductive Renaissance," which uses grassroots political philosophy to foster a restorative space for women of color to come together and seek refuge in reproductive justice and education. Black girls and women of color have a history of using their personal spaces—the living room, grandma’s bedroom, the kitchen, the beauty salon, the front porch—as spaces for women-centered empowerment and healing. Bedford Stuyvesant
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To engage court-involved youth as actors and playwrights in a comprehensive theatre-for-social justice program that uses real life stories of the youth actors. Boroughwide
Churches United For Fair Housing 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Youth development programming focused on housing-related issues and other challenges impacting low-income communities of color Bushwick
Osborne Association 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To support programs for children of incarcerated parents as well as a council that engages young people impacted by incarceration to develop campaigns around issues affecting their lives and communities. Boroughwide
Eco:StationNY 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Iyeshima Harris with Eco:StationNY for "Farm to Cafeteria," a student-led outreach project focusing on healthy eating and self-empowerment that engages students at a place and time they are thinking about food: the lunchroom. The project will use school lunch and culturally relevant food to teach youth how to healthfully and affordably prepare meals they love. Through cooking demos, students will learn how they can combine fresh produce with goods from their supermarket, instilling in them the knowledge, access, and creativity to needed to transcend and redefine what food means in a low-income neighborhood. Bushwick
Truthworker Theater Company 2016 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A theater program that uses first person narratives to bring the stories of young people impacted by incarceration to the forefront and drive awareness of the need for policy reform. Boroughwide
FUREE 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Leadership and advocacy program for NYCHA youth. Gowanus, Red Hook
Common Justice 2016 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A victim-service and alternative-to-incarceration program based on restorative justice principles that works with young people who commit violent felonies and those they harm. Boroughwide
Center for NuLeadership 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Yamil Torres with the Center for NuLeadership for “Bridging the Healing Gap,” which will facilitate gatherings that provide space and educate youth who are affiliated with gangs and/or are street involved about how, why, and where gangs originated, explain political and racial history, and principles of what gangs were founded on. The second half of the project will focus on changing the way the larger community views the youth by opening up dialogue with an intergenerational event. Bedford Stuyvesant
Alex House 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Pregnancy and parenting groups for teens and other young, low-income, first time mothers and fathers in Red Hook. Red Hook
Global Action Project 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program An intersectional youth organizing and activism program that uses media and storytelling to help young people, specifically immigrant and LGBTQ youth, advocate for themselves and their communities. Boroughwide
Lineage Project 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Mindfulness and yoga programs for incarcerated and highly-vulnerable young people, including those in living in secure and non-secure detention facilities, as well as a Brooklyn-based program for young people on probation. Boroughwide
Off the Page, Inc 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Shaqur Williams with Off the Page, Inc for "All American Boys," a show adapted from the book by the same name that addresses different points of view between a black teenager and a white teenager in a community and the way police officers approach them. The project brings black and white actors together to work on this production and to talk about the problem facing the black community and how to work together to address it. Park Slope
Black Women's Blueprint 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A partnership with student organizers to pilot campus-based transformative justice practices that hold harm-doers accountable and support sexual violence survivors in their healing and development. Crown Heights
Global Kids 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program After-school programming that aims to increase exposure to local and international human rights and social justice issues. Boroughwide
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A youth organizing group that seeks to address racial and educational injustice through a campaign to implement restorative justice practices at a local high school campus. Cypress Hills
Arts & Democracy 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Hasiba Haq with Arts & Democracy for "Sari Project," which aims to connect young Bangladeshis with women in the community in an intergenerational exchange of stories using the idea of Saris, a traditional outfit for Bangladeshi women, to explore their immigration stories and their histories. The project will help young immigrants and second-generation youth connect with elders in their society, and help carve an identity for them in a diverse borough. Kensington
Girl Be Heard 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Multidisciplinary arts opportunities designed to engage young women in social justice education and develop their leadership skills. Boroughwide
Resilience Advocacy Project 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Provide leadership development programs, legal education, and peer-to-peer trainings for youth of color, particularly those living in ACS care or detention, focused on advocating for community change. Boroughwide
Teachers Unite 2016 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Members' work with students and teachers to lead the shift from punitive to transformative justice in NYC public schools. Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, East Williamsburg, Sunset Park

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