March News: #YouthResist Conference | Raise the Age | Spark Prize Application

March 30, 2017

#YouthResist2017: A Conference for Youth, by Youth

Earlier this month, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows hosted young people from across Brooklyn for a half-day conference held in partnership with YWCA Brooklyn to talk about justice issues in their communities and how they can work together to create change. 

Click through to watch this inspiring video on our blog for a view into the amazing day:

We are so proud to lift up the leadership of these young people in Brooklyn! 

Don't Miss This Opportunity:

This Friday, March 31st is the deadline for the Fellows’ Youth Voice Awards grantmaking program, which provides small grants for youth-led projects in schools and communities.

Tell Albany: It's Time to Raise the Age NY!

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to call on New York State’s elected leadership to Raise the Age of criminal prosecution! New York and North Carolina are the only two states in the entire country that treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, essentially sending children to adult jails and prisons. 

Last week, along with 19 other New York State foundations, we sent a letter to elected leaders urging them to change the current policy. 

Now it's your turn: Go to for helpful instructions on how to contact your elected officials and urge them to act in the best interests of our young people and our communities.

On our Blog: Grantee Spotlight

Did you know Black immigrants make up only 7% of the immigrant population in the U.S., but are 20% of immigrants facing deportation on criminal grounds?

Our grantee the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), based in the heart of Crown Heights, works at the intersection of issues affecting Black and immigrant communities to advocate for equality and justice.

Learn more about BAJI and other Foundation partners in a new feature on our blog, where we “spotlight” the vital work of our Community Fund grantees. In the initial installments, we profile recent Immigrant Rights Fund grant recipients Arab American Association of New York, New York Immigration Coalition, and BAJI

Spark Prize Application Clinics 


Our Spark Prize returns this spring as we once again honor 5 outstanding Brooklyn nonprofits with $100,000 “no strings attached” awards.

All Brooklyn nonprofits with five years of service to the borough’s communities and annual operating budgets over $350,000 are invited to apply April 10th - May 12th at

If your organization is interested in learning more about this unique funding opportunity, sign up now for an upcoming Application Clinic—taking place on Monday, April 10th and Thursday, April 20. Registration is required!

Donor Advised Funds: You and Your Community Foundation, Working Side by Side

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we help you “do good”, so that both you and your community get the most out of your family giving. On our blog, we take a look at the four steps that make it all work.