2017 Grantees

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Support for structural improvements at Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger’s Farm at Far Rock which will allow the farm to add a refrigeration unit and expand the chicken coop and greenhouse. The improvements will allow the farm to better serve the surrounding community by enabling more educational programming for more months of the year, enhancing production and reducing crop loss.

BronxWorks

In addition to the afterschool programming for residents and the surrounding community of Bronxchester houses, support for BronxWorks’ Community Services Program at Bronxchester. Programming includes afterschool, summer camp, workforce development and senior programming provided for Bronxchester residents and the surrounding community in the community facility space at Bronxchester.

Brownsville Community Justice Center

Renewed support for public safety and youth development programming to engage court-involved youth from Marcus Garvey Apartments and the surrounding community in case management, community benefit projects, anti-violence programming and paid internships, as well as additional programming at the youth clubhouse that will include social enterprise training and hands-on training in construction and audio engineering.

Brownsville Think Tank Matters

Renewed support for public speaking and anti-violence programming that helps Brownsville youth residents build self-esteem and improve academic achievement. This grant will also support a new initiative focused on preparing participants for entry-level positions in public safety and law enforcement.

Change for Kids

To pilot a data collection and analysis initiative at P.S. 277 that will support school leadership to improve students’ academic outcomes through the integration of social emotional development into in-classroom practice and enrichment activities.

Claremont Neighborhood Centers

To provide afterschool programming to residents and the surrounding community at Elton Parkview II.

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Support for the creation of an entry-level certification program to promote advancement for participants into “good food” career pathways that provide good wages and benefits and increase the availability of healthy food in low-income communities.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Renewed support for the newly expanded Student Success Center at Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in East New York to provide individual counseling, group workshops, SAT prep classes, college trips, personal development mutual support groups, academic enrichment and parent engagement to all four schools at the campus.

DREAM

Support for DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI) to conduct a randomized control trial to evaluate the REAL Kids summer literacy program, providing empirical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of DREAM’s model and support program expansion.

East New York Farms

Renewed support for internships and externships for over 30 youth aged 13-18 to operate two farms and farmers’ markets, provide gardening assistance at community gardens across East New York and learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The grant will also allow East New York Farms to make small grants to support food access projects that are run by and for East New York residents and that seek to increase access to or consumption of healthy food.

Good Shepherd Services

Renewed support for Good Shepherd Services’ Groundwork for Success College prep program serving middle and high school students who are motivated to go to college but lack access to the needed support to achieve their post-secondary goals. The grant will also support the program’s Student Advisory Board to plan enrichment activities with oversight from program staff.

Grand Street Settlement

To provide afterschool programming to residents and the surrounding community at Marcus Garvey Apartments.

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement/Hands That Make a Difference

To provide afterschool programming to residents and the surrounding community at Dinkins Gardens.

Hometown Security Labs

To support StartUp Box (a project of Hometown Security Labs) to increase employment opportunities in the tech sector for young adults in Hunts Point and other traditionally underserved neighborhoods through job training workshops, tech-sector networking opportunities and the cultivation of corporate clients.

Hunters Point Family Inc.

To provide afterschool programming to residents and the surrounding community at Candlestick Heights (San Francisco, CA).

Hunts Point Alliance for Children

To support the expansion of the Advanced Family School Skills program, which teaches parents to build strong relationships with their babies and toddlers while helping them develop the executive functioning skills they need to succeed in school. Hunts Point Alliance for Children will expand the program to serve additional families, extend class time, provide educational group outings, and expand the library of take-home resources available to families.

Melting Pot Foundation

Support for the Brownsville Community Culinary Center to enhance its 40-week culinary apprenticeship program through a Guest Chef Series. The Series will bring prominent chefs to conduct classroom lectures and cooking demonstrations; provide interactive, food-based walking tours and programming at local gardens; and engage local residents to eat at the Culinary Center and participate in intergenerational workshops. The grant would also provide general operating support to the Culinary Center.

New Settlement Apartments

To support the expansion of programming designed to promote fitness and healthy eating within schools to two additional school sites in Community School District 9.

Newark Community Street Team

Support for Newark Community Street Team to deliver case management, life skills training, Safe Passage, and other community safety programming for and with residents of Georgia King Village and the surrounding community.

Osborne Association

Support for an Employer Specialist focused on construction sector job placement to provide program participants with connections to trainings and supportive services; develop relationships with employers willing to hire justice-involved individuals; and ensure employee retention

Project EATS

Renewed support for the urban farm at Marcus Garvey Apartments that employs local residents and operates weekly farm stands, afterschool and nutrition programming. Project EATS will work to increase local awareness of and engagement with the farm, train 40 women who are Marcus Garvey residents in value-added product making, and work to expand the growing capacity of the farm.

RiseBoro

Support for the “Bushwick Cooks: Saratoga Grows!” program, an interactive food literacy and growing program for the members of Saratoga Square Senior Center and residents of the Saratoga Village Houses.

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Renewed support for a variety of programs with residents of Arverne View and the surrounding community, including environmental education programming, green internships, senior activities, an intergenerational CSA and community events.

Rockaway Youth Task Force

Support for the Rockaway Advocate journalism project, which develops the journalistic skills of youth who investigate and report on the economic, political, artistic and grassroots landscape of the Rockaway Peninsula through an online blog and a physical paper with a monthly circulation of 10,000 copies.

Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation

Support for STEM-focused college and career awareness programming for students participating in the Foundation’s program at Frederick Douglass Academy. In addition to delivering a STEM curriculum, the program will expand to include STEM-related presentations, STEM-focused college visits and deeper engagement with employer partners in the tech sector.

Strive for College

Online college access mentoring, curricula and support for students residing at Bronxchester Houses, Bronx Parkview, Campos, Elton Parkview II, Georgia King Village, La Terraza, Marcus Garvey Apartments and Milbank Frawley.

Sustainable South Bronx

Support to advance clients toward economic self-sufficiency by addressing barriers to work caused by mental health issues. Sustainable South Bronx will build a system of assessments to identify participants facing mental health challenges and train and coach staff to screen participants, provide counseling and refer participants for additional mental health support.

The POINT Community Development Corporation

Renewed support for the Blank Plate Empowered Meals Project, which seeks to improve food access and help prevent diet-related diseases in the South Bronx, to add an entrepreneurship component. Youth participants will collaboratively design a value-added product made from items grown in The POINT’s gardens, which will be sold during a six-week summer market near Hunts Point Riverside Park, promoting the ongoing financial sustainability of the program.

We Run Brownsville

Renewed support for We Run Brownsville’s community-based running program that provides an introduction to lifelong fitness by combining running, walking and aerobic activities with personalized goal-setting, nutrition and health education. We Run Brownsville will train and supervise twenty-five women for four, 12-week sessions to run/walk a 5K race. The program will also work to strengthen the change agent skills of the participants through the creation of a fundraising strategy for student activities at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School.

YMCA of Newark and Vicinity

To provide afterschool programming to residents of Georgia King Village.

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

Support for an array of intergenerational fitness and healthy lifestyle programming in the Soundview and Bronx River neighborhoods, including communal meals, outdoor exercise programs and culinary training for youth.