Brooklyn Community Foundation Increases Investment in Youth Initiatives to $2.8M in 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Brooklyn Community Foundation Increases Investment in Youth Initiatives to $2.8M in 2018

Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to announce support for 71 local organizations through its Invest in Youth initiative, bringing its total funding for youth-focused nonprofit programs to $2.8 million in 2018. This represents an increase of over $250,000 from last year’s grantmaking.

Brooklyn Community Foundation—the first and only public charity dedicated to New York City’s largest borough—launched Invest in Youth in 2015 as a 10-year, $25 million commitment to improving social and economic opportunities and outcomes for 16- to 24-year-olds, particularly young people of color, through grantmaking, strategic leadership initiatives, and direct engagement with youth.

“As we increase our support for Brooklyn’s next generation of leaders, we are proud to fund so many outstanding programs developed right here in our borough that carve out new opportunities for young people,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “An investment in the youth of our communities is an investment in a more fair and just future for Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn is home to more than 100,000 youth ages 16-24 living in low income communities of color. One in four incarcerated youth in New York City come from just six Brooklyn neighborhoods. And immigrant families—which account for one third of all New York City households—are increasingly at risk of destabilization and deportation by unjust policies implemented under the current Presidential administration...

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