Bedford Stuyvesant

Center for NuLeadership

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.

Ancient Song Doula Services

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.

Drive Change

Operating support for a unique food service employment model for formerly incarcerated youth. Drive Change aims to build a food truck commissary/garage in Central Brooklyn through which other food trucks will hire young people out of its program.