Brooklyn Youth Fellowship


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

2017-18 Brooklyn Youth Fellows

Tianesha Drayton

Rachie Lipkind

Alexander Davis

Sharon Davis

Daniel-Joseph Cyan

Peace Titilawo

Sierra Williams

Jean Regnier

Anyah Walker

Zainab Abdullah

Ronke Mohammed

Nafi Billah

Keron Bennett

Miracle Jackson

Nana Samake

A Youth-led Grantmaking Process

Each year we welcome a new cohort young people with a strong interest in social justice to our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship. Over a 10 month period, Fellows participate in trainings, strategic planning discussions for the Foundation, and design their own youth-led grantmaking process called the Youth Voice Awards. The Fellows also design and facilitate an annual conference for young people to elevate solutions to justice issues in their communities. 



Highlights from the 2017 Youth Conference:

Youth Voice Awards

The 2018 Youth Voice Awards application is now open!

The Youth Voice Awards celebrates outstanding youth-led projects selected for funding by the Foundation's Brooklyn Youth Fellows. The Youth Voice Awards is a youth-led and youth-designed grantmaking process that supports projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits. Projects are designed to address the Fellows' seven justice pillars: LGBTQ Justice, Economic and Housing Justice, Public Health and Reproductive Justice, Food and Environmental Justice, Immigrant Justice, Education Justice, and Racial and Gender Justice.

Brooklyn Youth Fellows review and evaluate projects using the following criteria:

  • Fit into one or more of the justice pillars

  • Position youth as leaders and decision-makers in their own lives

  • Provide opportunities for the growth and development of young people

  • Help young people deepen historical and cultural understanding of their experiences and community issues

  • Engage young people in political education and awareness

  • Help young people build a collective identity as social change agents

  • Have a neighborhood-based and community-driven approach

  • Promote safe(r) spaces for young people to build, create and MAKE CHANGE!

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The 2017 Youth Voice Awards recipients are:

  • KELCY HERCULES for “BLOSSOM, BE YOU!” with Crown Heights Mediation Center: A 10-week summer program for young women focused on self-love and sisterhood
  • JESSENIA GUAPISACA AND JAZMIN PEREZ for “WALL OF HOPE: Tu vales, You can!” with Atlas DIY: A 5-week political education program for immigrant and undocumented youth
  • SUSAN OBATOLA, TONI-ANN ADRIAN, JADA ATHERLEY, BREANNA TONEY, ZENZELE FRANKLIN, and SYDNI SNAGGS for “NO EYE CANDY” with YWCA: An interactive and inclusive community discussion on street harassment
  • NYIESHA MALLETT for “REAL ROOTS” with UPROSE: Youth-led workshops on natural skincare and beauty that incorporates indigenous teachings
  • LOREN CAHILL for “HEALING JUSTICE MOVEMENT” with H.O.L.L.A: A 5-borough tour starting in Brooklyn featuring youth-led trainings and workshops that focus on healing injustice, oppression, and violence
  • ESRAA SALEH​ for “NORTH AFRICAN RADICAL EDUCATION PROJECT” with YWCA: Workshops for Arab/North African youth focusing on embracing their identities and understanding their connectedness to the Movement for Black Lives
  • SHAHANA ABDIN for “OUR VOICE - Bangladeshi in Brooklyn” with Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services: Production of a video that features young Bangladeshi women navigating their cultural identities and agency
  • OLUWADEMILADE OGUNLADE, XAVIER PHIFER, MELANIE GARO for “PROJECT LOVE” with Osborne Foundation: Workshops and peer support groups for young people with incarcerated parents

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