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The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Invest in Youth

Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

Of the 67 organizations funded through this year's Invest in Youth grant program, we are proud to welcome 13 new grantees to the cohort. We're excited to share highlights of the work we're now supporting thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

Building on our commitment to advocacy and our desire to be led by our grantees, we were thrilled when Kesi Foster, formerly the Coordinator of the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and now a Lead Organizer at Make the Road New York (MRNY), called to ask if we’d like to partner with UYC and MRNY to create a site visit for New York City Council members to learn about the power and potential of Restorative Justice as they consider expanding funding and resources in New York City schools.  

Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

As I approach my two year anniversary as Vice President of Programs here at Brooklyn Community Foundation, I’ve had the opportunity to not only lead our programmatic work, but also reflect on what is the true power and potential of Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

While grantmaking seems like the obvious answer, as I consider all the tools in our toolbox, the use of advocacy emerges as one of the most important levers that we have as we strive to make Brooklyn fair and just. 

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Our summer intern interviews leaders of the Youth Voice Award-winning "No Eye Candy" project, supported by YWCA Brooklyn, to discuss their project.

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.

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

 
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Friday, June 2nd, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows honored the eight winning projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits, at an event filled with performances, a professional photo-booth, delicious local food, and lots of fun.

Earlier this month, a few of our staff members and donors had the pleasure of joining our Invest in Youth grantee Footsteps for a special look at artist Sara Erenthal’s solo show Moving On at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights. 

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