October 2017 Brooklyn Accelerator News: Upcoming Workshops | Funding Opportunities | Job Openings

October 3, 2017

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Film Screening & Panel at Brooklyn Public Library 

Join us Thursday, October 19 at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center for a screening of the Sundance-winning documentary short film “Alone” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Garrett Bradley and members of The Alex House Project, a grantee through our Incubator Project and Invest in Youth initiative.  

The film, which investigates the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family, is seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans. Free to attend.


Immigration Enforcement Preparedness for Nonprofits

Thursday, November 2, 2017
130 East 59th Street, New York City

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Human Services Council are hosting a free legal training for nonprofit leaders on immigration enforcement. An expert panel of attorneys, nonprofit, and social service leaders will review legal questions and scenarios, discuss practical considerations for implementing this guidance, and provide valuable insight on best practices.

This training is perfect for nonprofit executive directors, leaders, general counsels or others tasked with setting policy within their organizations.

Panelists include:

  • Laura Abel, Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Natalia Aristizabal, Make the Road New York
  • Paige Austin, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Geoffrey Chepiga, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Emily Goldberg, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Den Quinsay, WOMANKIND (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center)
  • Chloe Wasserman, Brooklyn Public Library

Register here 

Funding & Opportunities 

Brooklyn Community Foundation supports local immigrant rights efforts through its Immigrant Rights Fund’s Sustained Response and Action Fund grants. Sustained Response: The Foundation has issued a Request for Conversations with immigrant-serving organizations seeking support ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for organizing, mental health services, community safety, and legal services. Action Fund: Grant requests for up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis, and can support civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics. Learn more

The Obama Foundation is accepting applications for a fellowship program designed to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. The two-year, non-residential fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. To be eligible, applicants should be individuals who are working to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Obama Foundation website.

NoVo Foundation has made a four-year, $20 Million commitment to support efforts that advance a collective response to this moment and build the movements we need for the future we imagine. The intention of this Fund is to complement NoVo’s current work, either by supporting organizations and efforts that may not thematically align with the existing initiatives, or by encouraging organizations to go deeper and farther with connection, collaboration, and courage. They are accepting online LOIs only. Applications are due October 4, 2017.

Solidaire has announced their 2017 Movement R & D Fund. The fund is “intended to convey an openness to taking risks by supporting movement leaders to explore, iterate, and test new ideas and tactics with flexible funding.” Past grants have been around $25K. Deadline: October 13. Apply here.

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond. Up to fifteen selected teens will be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or education. To be eligible, nominees must self-identify as Jewish, be between the ages of 13 and 19 at the time of nomination, be working to repair the world in a leadership capacity, and be volunteering without compensation. For complete award guidelines and application instructions, see the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards website.

Brooklyn Arts Council's The Charlene Victor and Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrepreneur Fund is a new grant opportunity for women leaders working in the arts and culture sector in Brooklyn. Two Brooklyn-based women artists or arts administrators will be awarded $2,500 each toward costs for professional development. The application deadline for is Friday, October 27, 2017. For eligibility guidelines and a link to the application, please visit: www.brooklynartscouncil.org.

Civic Hall Labs is accepting applications for the CivicXcel program. This six-month, part-time program is designed for civically engaged professionals looking to further BIG ideas and gain hands-on training in design thinking, prototyping, startup methods, and the development of digital tech. If you know anyone taking an idea from rough outline to user-tested prototype, encourage them to apply.

The Audre Lorde Project's POZitively Resilient Fellowship is a new Leadership Development focused on uplifting leadership in Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People of Color communities impacted by HIV. The Fellowship is 8 weeks starting October 11 through December 6, 2017. The Fellow will work 8 hours per week at $15/hr. Apply here.

48in48 offers a unique opportunity for 48 local nonprofits to participate in a program that will provide a basic education in digital marketing and result in a brand new website built by local digital professionals. Learn more.

Around Brooklyn  

Join Brooklyn Community Bail Fund on October 5 at Brooklyn Historical Society for "Criminalizing Poverty, Community Organizations, and Fighting Back," a discussion of how community organizations are fighting back against the criminalization of poverty in New York City. Panel discussion moderated by Brooklyn Law School professor and author Jocelyn Simonson, with panelists Alyssa Aguilera with VOCAL-NY, Ben Ndugga-Kabuye with Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Imani Henry with Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Josmar Trujillo with the Coalition to End Broken Windows. RSVP here.

Brooklyn Museum's The Brooklyn Conference: Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, 2017. Tickets are still available for this convening of thought leaders, artists, and activists. Get your tickets today to hear from the likes of Senator Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles Blow, Tania Bruguera, and more. Learn more.

In 2018 the New York City Council will elected a new Speaker. Join JustLeadershipUSA on November 14 at Teachers College for NYC Council Speaker Criminal Justice Forum hear where the eight candidates for Speaker stand on the issues of justice facing our communities, including police accountability, closing Rikers, civil rights and immigration. RSVP

Join Information for Action, a community platform that connects what Brooklyn nonprofits need -- like volunteers, donations, or attendees at an event - to online news and articles. When someone reads about an issue you address on news sites like the New York Times, they'll get an alert about your programs and can take action when it matters. Apply to be part of the launch at www.informationforaction.org.

BRIC Stoop Share is a subsidized rental program for nonprofit organizations in the BRIC House neighborhood. The BRIC House neighborhood is defined as zip codes 11201, 11205, 11211, 11217, 11238, and 11251.

Columbia University's Developing Leaders Program prepares nonprofit managers to support their organization’s mission by exposing them to key management concepts and providing tools to better navigate their position within the organization. The program offers formal training in fundamental elements of strategic management and covers such critical skills as the planning and implementing of organizational change, negotiating effectively, and increasing one’s self-awareness. Applications are due October 27, 2017.

Green City Force will host Fall Harvest Festivals at all four NYCHA Farms each Saturday in October from 10am-2pm. There will be music, pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations from the farm and more! Howard Houses Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 7 in Brownsville; Bay View Houses Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 14 in Canarsie; Red Hook Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 28 in Red Hook. RSVP to rsvp@greencityforce.org

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations  

Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director

Crown Heights Mediation Center - Deputy Director

Cause Effective – Senior Associate  

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund - Director of Development

Children of Promise - Development Associate

Center for Family Life – Development Director

Red Hook Initiative – Red Hook WIFI Communications Assistant

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Development Director

Programs & Services

MoCADA - Exhibtions & Program Manager

Center for Family Life - Youth Worker

Red Hook Initiative – Clinical Case Manager, YA Program

Red Hook Initiative – College Retention Specialist

Red Hook Initiative – Academic Advisor

Red Hook Initiative – Academic Advisor, College Prep

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Immigrant Services Training

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Immigrant Service Events

The Partnership for the Homeless – Director of Social Services

Worker’s Justice Project – Community/Domestic Worker Organizer

Worker’s Justice Project – Workers’ Rights Organizer

Cause Effective – Affiliated Consultant 

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Gowanus Lowlands Project Director


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