Brooklyn Community Foundation Funds Youth Achievement through Learning, Literacy, the Arts and Urban Agriculture

BROOKLYN, NY, JUNE 17, 2010—As New York City and New York State budget shortfalls threaten summer youth programs, the Brooklyn Community Foundation—the first of its kind in Brooklyn—is adding $30,000 for a total investment of $132,500 for programs that will serve more than over 2,500 young people throughout Brooklyn this summer.

“More than 50,000 young people in Brooklyn are either out of school or out of work. We enable organizations with effective year-round programming to continue their important work throughout the summer—all with an end goal of helping these young people graduate high school, head to college or have a career,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “As government funding is reduced during these difficult times, we are seeking a commitment from individuals and organizations to help assure that the thousands of children in Brooklyn—particularly those already falling on the way side—do not miss out on important learning opportunities.” 

Launched in October 2009, the Brooklyn Community Foundation focuses on targeted grants of $500 to $2 million to neighborhood-based groups addressing comprehensive issues with specific local programs.

Recent grants for summer youth programs include:
•    $5,000 to Highland Park for gardening workshops, basketball and soccer clinics serving 250 children and teens in and around East New York; 
•    $15,000 to Groundswell Community Mural Project to support 100 young people’s creation of high profile works of public art throughout the borough that explore community issues;
•    $15,000 to the HARMONY Program for 40 Midwood children to continue their school year intensive classical music instruction program
•    $10,000 to Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School in Downtown Brooklyn to support 45 first, second and third graders from local public schools in an academic and enrichment program that prevents summer learning loss;
•    $2,500 to PLG Arts to support a variety of community-based theater performances and art making activities in and around the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community;
•     $5,000 to Evidence/Ron Brown Dance Co. for a summer intensive in Crown Heights serving 100 avocational and pre-professional teen and young adult dancers.
•    $25,000 to Sadie Nash Leadership Project to support a dynamic 2-year leadership program serving 125 low income women in Brooklyn. Youth take college courses during a 6-week summer program, participate in a 9-month paid internship program and implement a community action project in their neighborhood.
•    $35,000 to United Community Centers to support a 9-month internship program serving 24 youth in East New York. Youth are employed at the urban farm operating by East New York Farms!, participate in monthly leadership training workshops and help manage the community farmers market during the summer.
•    $20,000 to the Girl Scouts of Greater New York to support the School Break Program which serves 1,850 girls in Brooklyn. The program provides short term activities and programs to girls who are not able to participate in the traditional troop model.

ABOUT THE BROOKLYN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits in five Fields of Interest: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed over $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which was in Brooklyn. Learn more at: www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org; Follow on Twitter @DoGoodBklyn.