Immigrant Youth

Investing in Community-based Organizations Serving Immigrant Youth

Our Goal:

Empower immigrant youth to create and access necessary resources and services

Our Strategy:

We support organizations that help immigrant youth in Brooklyn build their capacity to be bold leaders in order to advocate for themselves and organize for change in their communities. We focus on investing in political education and coalition building, legal and language services, and policy change. 

  • Building Organizational Leadership and Capacity: Support for neighborhood-based organizations across Brooklyn that address critical needs of local immigrant families.
  • Advocacy: Support for programs that work to increase access to public benefits and legislative protections, provide advocacy and organizing training, and support policy change.

Our Investment:

2018-19 Immigrant Youth and Families Grants: Grants support organizations that provide critical legal advocacy, social supports, and leadership development for immigrant youth in Brooklyn. 


  • Arab-American Family Support Center: $40,000 for programs that strengthen Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian immigrant youth’s academic achievement, creative expression and healthy behaviors. Boroughwide     
  • Atlas: DIY: $35,000 for the community-based "cooperative model" that provides free legal, educational, and social services for undocumented youth and their allies. Sunset Park     
  • Center for Family Life: $40,000 for a community school model that engages youth, families and educators to mobilize resources and develop programs for high school success and college access and retention. Sunset Park
  • Safe Passage Project: $50,000 for free legal services and representation to meet the unmet needs of immigrant and undocumented children in partnership with community high schools. Boroughwide


  • Arab American Association of New York: $40,000 for a leadership fellowship for Arab and Muslim youth that provides resources and tools to address advocacy issues including immigration, police accountability, and racial justice. Boroughwide, Bay Ridge
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration: $30,000 to develop the leadership and empowerment of the borough's Black immigrant youth and families in order to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement. Boroughwide     
  • DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving): $35,000 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
  • El Puente: $35,000 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
  • Make the Road New York: $40,000 for immigrant youth-led organizing programs focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, community schools, and greater police accountability and transparency. Bushwick
  • New York State Youth Leadership Council: $40,000 to support undocumented immigration you-led organization around access to higher education and healthcare, protection from deportation, and the right to work. Boroughwide, Sunset Park, Prospect Heights

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