Grant Category: Education

A Better Chance

New York, NY

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: Education

 

To be used to support general operating expenses, specifically the initial stages of the College Preparatory Schools process (identification and preparation) in the New York and New England metro areas.

Since 1963, A Better Chance has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in this nation. Its mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  The mission is carried out through its signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools.

Waltham Boys and Girls Club

Waltham, MA

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Human Services

 

To support the Kids Cooking Green and Power Packs program.

Waltham Boys and Girls Club's mission to inspire and enable all young people, but especially those who need support the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Today the Club serves 6,800 kids through its wide ranging programs, including an after school program, a nationally recognized and supported STEM program called Club Tech, a teen program, a sports and fitness program, a music studio, an aquatics program, and a summer camp.  The Waltham Boys & Girls Club Food Program, “Club Café” has been serving a crucial need in the community by addressing both food scarcity and educating youth on how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget.  The Food Programs at the Club include an afterschool and summer meal program, a “Healthy Waltham: Healthy Cooking Program”, and a new Kids Cooking Green Program, and a Power Packs program that provides food for kids to take home over the weekend and holidays when schools and the Club are closed.

Time and Space Limited

Hudson, NY

Amount granted: $15,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Visual Arts and Music

 

To support its Apprentice Program by paying a portion of the salaries of the apprentices.

Time and Space Limited's (TSL) mission is to educate, enliven, and expand the artistic quality of life in the community and to propose alternatives in art and activism through a community based forum.  TSL is committed to using art, advocacy and dialogue to revitalize the community, inspire positive change, and encourage dialogues across the divisions of class, color, gender and ethnicity.  TSL provides a range of programming including year round arts education, youth programs, film series, live performance music literary events, live simulcasts from the world’s most renowned opera, ballet and theater companies, art installations and community forums. 

The Resource Center

Dacatur, GA

Amount granted: $25,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Human Services, Women and Girls

 

To support The Fresh Start Program.

The Resource Center ‘s mission is to empower struggling women and mothers by providing the education, training, access, and support they need to escape the cycle of generational poverty, build brighter futures, and initiate fresh starts for themselves and their families.  The Resource Center (TRC) serves residents in the Greater Atlanta Metro Area.  Programs include Academic Coaching for Students, Healthy Resource for Children and Families, Little Women Rites of Passage, Moms Run Georgia, and Stand Down for Veterans.  TRC’s Fresh Start Program, a new program about to enter its “pilot phase”, will provide expedited, effective job training, career development, and job placement services that transition working mothers from poverty-level jobs, to self-reliant, living wage jobs. 

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

Hyde Park, NY

Amount granted: $25,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Women and Girls

 

To support scholarships for the Girls and Boys Leadership Workshop. 

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill works to continue Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy and focuses on promoting human rights, especially of women, minorities and youth; combating racism; nurturing education and the arts; and the promotion of responsible citizenship.  Among ERVK’s programs are the Race Relations Project, the Welfare Reform and Human Rights Monitoring Project, a lecture series, and the Girls Leadership Workshop.  Specifically, the Girls and Boys Leadership Workshop is an international leadership development program intended for girls and boys entering their sophomore and junior years in high school.  Its objective is to help young adults develop self esteem, confidence, and the skills needed to exercise leadership; to provide opportunities for self-awareness, self definition and growth; to nurture sisterhood, citizenship and social responsibility; and to celebrate the life and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Legal Outreach

Long Island City, NY

Amount granted: $15,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: Education

 

To support its Constitutional Law Debate program

Legal Outreach is a college preparatory organization whose mission is to change the educational and career trajectory of students from underserved communities by (1) providing them with vision, inspiration and motivation, (2) equipping them with the academic skills critical to their future, and (3) supplying them with the support necessary to pursue higher education and professional careers.  The law is simply a tool for achieving these objectives.  The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to perform well at the collegiate level, the professional level, and in life.  Funds will be used to support its Constitutional Law Debate program, but especially the Debater of the Year Program, which will be held at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse.

Bed-Stuy Parents Committee

Brooklyn, NY

Amount granted: $13,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant categories: Education, Human Services

 

To support an African Dance and Drum program. 

The Bed-Stuy Parents Committee formed out of a sense that its central Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, had reached a critical moment of opportunity to reverse the long neglect of its neighborhood public schools. Funds will be used to support enrichment activities at a newly created extended day program for pre-K students at two public school in Bed-Stuy’s District 16 neighborhood.  Specifically, funds will be used to support an African Dance and Drum program that allows students to immerse themselves in the joy and vitality of music, language and dance from Africa, the Americas and Caribbean.

 

 

Boston Day and Evening Academy

Boston, MA

Amount granted: $12,360

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: Education

 

To support efforts to codify and develop a set of thoroughly assessed competencies, benchmarks and rubrics that can be shared with schools serving students with similar challenges.

The mission of Boston Day and Evening Academy is to re-engage off-track students in their education preparing them for high school graduation, post-secondary success and meaningful participation in their community.  BDEA does this by blending a competency-based model with a student-centered and trauma-sensitive culture. Funds will be used to support efforts to codify and develop a set of thoroughly assessed competencies, benchmarks and rubrics that can be shared with schools serving students with similar challenges as those students attending BDEA. The vision is that these materials will be “open source” – i.e., available to other schools to download from their website for free.

MOUSE

New York, NY

Amount granted: $15,000

Grant year: 2016

Grant category: Education

 

To support the Mouse Design League, a youth centered design and Technology program that develops emerging leadership, professional and technical skills from Mouse Squads across NYC.

Mouse’s mission is to support technology’s potential for empowering youth from underserved communities to use technology as a force for good. Since 2000, more than 32,000 students across the country have participated in Mouse programs, while creating a multiplier effect through their support and leadership for more than 1.9 million students, teachers and administrators in their schools and communities.   Funds will be used to support the Mouse Design League, a youth centered design and Technology program that develops emerging leadership, professional and technical skills from Mouse Squads across NYC.

Friends of Matènwa

Matènwa, Haiti

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2016

Grant category: Education

 

To support the Matenwa Institute of Learning in Haiti.

The mission of Friends of Matènwa is to support initiatives generated from Haiti’s rural communities for the betterment of their education, social justice, health and economic well-being.  Funds will be used to support The Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) and its Institute of Learning.  The Institute was developed to provide a training model of its successful school model.  Its model bans corporal punishment, offers instruction in Creole, incorporates gardening as part of its core curriculum, and puts an emphasis on child-centered learning in an environment of mutual respect, investigation and critical thinking.