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Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Support of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund allows us to fuel essential relief services across the borough—including critical work to support survivors of domestic violence.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As our partners, want to keep you updated on how we are working to get support where it is needed most in our borough.

Mars Ikeda
Communications Intern

Invest in Youth grantee Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) are taking on a source of major injustice they face every day in their own schools. GGE’s new policy brief “Suspending Self Expression” examines the link between school dress codes in NYC public schools and school pushout—and the disproportionate impact it has on Black and Latinx young women and gender non-conforming/non-binary (GNC/NB) youth.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)
Esmeralda Simmons, founder and executive director of 2018 Spark Prize winner the Center for Law and Social Justice, spoke with us about her work and the importance of celebrating philanthropy in the Black community.

For our Black Philanthropy Month series we spoke with BlackSpace about philanthropy, legacy, and their work to protect and create Black spaces. BlackSpace is a collective of Black residents, changemakers, urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders, and one of the Foundation’s 2019-2020 Incubator Project Winners.

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Youth Advocacy Corps, a member of the Foundation's Incubator Project, is hosting a youth health summit on Wednesday, August 9th in partnership with Arthur Ashe Institute, BACDYS, Good Sheperd Services, and Protecting the East. I spoke to Janel and Het, the summit's Executive Coordinators about organizing the event and what they're most excited for.

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

As a Brooklyn Youth Fellow, I got to see one side of grantmaking by helping in the process of creating, reviewing, and accepting applications for the Youth Voice Awards. Now as a Foundation intern, I get to see another important side of grantmaking: going on site visits to see our grantees programming firsthand, starting with El Puente in Bushwick.

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Global Action Project (GAP)—an Invest in Youth grantee—is an intersectional youth organizing and activism program that uses media and storytelling to help young people, specifically immigrant and TLGBQ youth, advocate for themselves and their communities. On Monday, June 26th, I attended their End of the Year Screening, where participants showcased the short films they worked on.

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

This summer, our Communications Intern Daniel-Joseph Cyan is writing about the Foundation's grantees as he experiences their work first-hand.

Neighbors Together takes a multifaceted approach to poverty and hunger relief through its storefront soup kitchen, community center, and social service programs.

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