Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Invest in Youth

Jeanne Landers
Communications Intern

Brooklyn Community Foundation is committed to supporting the leadership and agency of youth in creating community change. The Brooklyn Youth Activists is a youth-led grantmaking and advocacy program that sees youth as experts and central players in making decisions around supporting youth-centered and youth-led projects.

Amy Chou
Program Officer

This is a record-breaking total in the Foundation’s nearly 10-year history and a huge milestone for our growth.

Amy Chou
Program Officer

We are excited to announce our support for 71 local organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative this year. This brings our total annual funding for youth-focused nonprofit programs to $2.8 million—an increase of $250,000 over last year’s grantmaking.

Jenny Walski
Director of Donor Engagement

Our 4th annual Invest in Youth Dinner, held on Thursday, October 25th, featured an inspiring conversation on women's leadership moderated by MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid.

We urge you to take a moment to explore what Brooklyn’s community foundation is doing to address pressing challenges, support inspiring nonprofits, and spark lasting change for our borough.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

While celebrating the theme of justice and healing, the Brooklyn Youth Fellows presented the 2018 recipients of The Youth Voice Awards in a ceremony held at the Foundation on Friday, June 8th.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

Last weekend, 70 youth came together for the second annual Youth Unite! Conference at the YWCA in Brooklyn. With workshops, an open mic, a community dinner, and more, it was a powerful event that left participants feeling unified in their shared goals.

 
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke reflects on actions taken by corporations and foundations in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, and highlights the Foundation’s 2016 decision to divest from gun manufacturers and our deep commitment to investing in the leadership of young people to advocate for policy change.

Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

This week we’ve seen a spotlight on youth activism around the country that has inspired both hope and action. Here in Brooklyn, youth activists are showing their commitment to justice by rallying for immigrant rights legislation and organizing to invest in local youth leadership.

Of the 67 organizations funded through this year's Invest in Youth grant program, we are proud to welcome 13 new grantees to the cohort. We're excited to share highlights of the work we're now supporting thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

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