Casey Perez
2017 Mohbat Prize Winner

Casey Perez, a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill, is the winner of the 2017 Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing in Memory of Verdery Knights. Casey's essay, reprinted here, earned him the award and a $1500 check, which will be presented to him at the 2017 Benjamin Banneker graduation on June 28th. 

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Daniel-Joseph Cyan is a two-time Brooklyn Youth Fellow joining our Communications team this summer to learn more about storytelling and the work of Brooklyn nonprofits

 
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Today, we are proud to announce new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families.

Safe Horizon

For Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project (ILP) to expand services to immigrant victims of crime, abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, and torture in Brooklyn—particularly those with complex immigration matters, at risk of being removed from the United States. Funds will also increase training for frontline staff at community-based social service agencies so that they are informed on current immigration policies and practices. This includes staff at local hospitals, schools, shelters, and places of worship.

New Sanctuary Coalition

To support immigrant-led efforts that mobilize interfaith congregations to defend families facing deportation, build awareness of unjust immigration policies, and serve as witnesses in immigration court and detention centers. NSC is developing a cohort of Sanctuary Congregations in Brooklyn and citywide to provide housing for individuals and families at risk of deportation while they pursue a stay of deportation or suspension of their case entirely. Funds also support leadership trainings, ongoing legal clinics, and a rapid response volunteer network of immigrants and allies.

Center for Family Life

For the Sanctuary Families Project at Center for Family Life (CFL), which supports immigrant parents at risk of deportation and mobilizes community allies to create long-term child care plans for children remaining in the United States. CFL will work with up to 100 immigrant families in Sunset Park and will recruit, train and certify a cohort of neighborhood-based kinship and foster parents who will be prepared to serve as sanctuary families for children.
Jennifer Magida
Founder and Director, Youth Advocacy Corps

As the Founder of Youth Advocacy Corps, I feel especially fortunate to have been selected by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to be part of the 2017 Incubator Project.

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