Meet the Brooklyn Youth Fellows + More News from Your Community Foundation

July 23, 2015

Foundation Featured in Major School Discipline Policy Recommendations

Today our partners at the Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline presented 10 proposals to the de Blasio Administration that aim to:

  • Improve the environment at schools with high rates of arrests, summonses and suspensions;
  • Reduce racial and special education disparities in discipline; and
  • Incentivize schools to adopt discipline policies that support students’ long-term success.

The Mayor, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have committed to reviewing the recommendations and announcing an implementation timeline for policies to be adopted before the school year begins in the fall. The announcement comes on the heels of yesterday's White House Summit to Rethink School Discipline.

From the the official announcement:

“Brooklyn Community Foundation is fully committed to investing in Brooklyn’s next generation, and we firmly believe that school-based restorative justice practices are critical to improving opportunities and outcomes for our young people. We are proud to be partnering with the Mayor’s Leadership Team to bring these powerful tools for change to our schools, so that they can be safer, more supportive environments for all of our students.”

- Cecilia Clarke, President and CEO of Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

Read the full recommendations here.

Pictured (left to right): Three members of the 2015-16 Brooklyn Youth Fellowship – Dani Cyan (Brooklyn Community Pride Center), Quincy Phillips (Red Hook Initiative), and Isabella Arroyo (Arab American Family Support Center).

Meet the Brooklyn Youth Fellows!

We are thrilled to welcome the first cohort of our new Brooklyn Youth Fellowship. Over the next 10 months, 20 young people from across Brooklyn, each working at an outstanding youth-serving nonprofit, will come together to examine key issues facing their peers, learn about their role as leaders, and advise the Foundation on our strategy. The Fellows will also play an exciting role in our first-ever youth-led grantmaking initiative! Get to know them here.

Grants from the Foundation provided stipends for each young person as well as support for each host organization. 

The Brooklyn Youth Fellowship is a program of our Invest in Youth initiative. Learn more about our strategy to improve the lives of young people in this article by Director of Community Leadership Tynesha McHarris.

Incubator Project in the News!

Local blogs are shining the spotlight on our three Incubator Project participants. Read the news in DNAinfo and The Brooklyn Reader.

The fledgling nonprofits—Be More, Domestic Workers United and The Precedential Group—are working within our 1000 Dean Street office space for the next year. In addition to free space, each is receiving ongoing technical assistance and a $5,000 stipend to cover start-up costs.

The Incubator Project is a program of our Brooklyn Accelerator initiative.

Neighborhood Strength Grant Program Kicks Off  

Next week we will release the first call for applications for our Neighborhood Strength initiative, focused solely on supporting local projects in our home community of Crown Heights in this inaugural year. 

The priority funding areas—which include tenants’ rights & homelessness, police relationships, youth development, and strengthening bonds between residents—were identified over the past six months by our Crown Heights Advisory Committee, a group of residents and leaders with deep local knowledge.