Youth Leadership

Investing in Young Leaders from Under-Resourced Neighborhoods

Our Goal: 

Expand opportunities for transformational youth development and authentic leadership

Our Strategy:

We support community-based organizations that offer transformational programming to youth. These programs position youth as long-term leaders in their communities and give them the tools to challenge institutional barriers that limit opportunities and potential. We focus on continuous investments in neighborhoods where quality programs are rare or non-existent. 

  • Neighborhood-Based Opportunities: Support for comprehensive youth development programs (i.e. after school enrichment, arts, sports and recreation, mentoring, college and career readiness) in high-need neighborhoods.

  • Brooklyn Youth Activists: 10-month fellowship for young Brooklynites interested in social justice, advocacy, and grantmaking. Participants lead their own grant program and youth-focused conference.

  • Youth Voice Awards: Small grants program to address neighborhood or school-based challenges proposed by young people in Brooklyn, overseen by our Brooklyn Youth Activists.

Our Investment:

$1,130,000 to 37 Nonprofits in 2017-18: Grants support community-based organizations that position youth as long-term leaders in their communities. Focus areas and sample grantee partners include:

  • Economic Opportunity: Red Hook Initiative and Green City Force
  • Youth Arts: ARTs East New York and Truthworker Theater Company
  • Youth and the Environment: Brooklyn Botanic Garden and UPROSE
  • Young Women & Girls: YWCA Brooklyn and Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • LGBTQIA Youth: Audre Lorde Project and Fostering Change for Children
  • Safety and Healing: How Our Lives Link Altogether – H.O.L.L.A and Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

​See the complete list of 2017-018 Youth Leadership grants