Leadership Development Projects

These projects support the development of local leaders who represent the future of their communities.

Ralitsa Rano, Multicultural Leadership Project, Impact Grant 2016


The Multicultural Leadership Project empowers refugee and immigrant youth in Aurora, Colorado. Through the program, high school students of all cultural and religious backgrounds share personal experiences, develop skills and assume leadership roles within their school community. The participation in this leadership initiative allows refugee and immigrant youth to voice and process their own cultural adjustment challenges and grow from them. The community projects will focus on helping their newly-arrived peers feel welcomed and supported in their adjustment to a new school, culture and home in the United States.

LaTy Banks, Teaching Youth Song Writing & Music Production Workshop, Impact Grant 2016


The Teaching Youth Song Writing & Music Production Workshop encourages building healthy attitudes and fostering positive communication and behaviors in at risk, low income youth through music. The program helps to activate student's inner strengths, gifts and abilities by giving them a positive forum and outlets for creative self expression. Impact Grant funding will be used to run new sessions of the workshop in several group homes, schools, and in collaboration with community organizations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County.

Yaminah Childress, DREAM Mentoring Program, Impact Grant 2016


The DREAM Mentoring Program empowers at-risk youth to become their best selves through mentoring, educational support, life-skill training, art, and cultural immersion. The Impact Grant funds will be used for a community outreach and fundraising initiative that will spread awareness about the program, encourage volunteerism, and sustain operations to further impact our most valuable resources, our youth!

Wendy Guzman, Vermont Square Branch Friends of the Library, Impact Grant 2016


The Vermont Square Branch Friends of the Library program is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support the Vermont Square Branch City Library programs and Los Angeles County library services and to promote community interest in libraries, reading and lifelong learning. Our group is dedicated to putting books in the hands of every child in Los Angeles County to help encourage the love of reading and literacy and to give every child the power to succeed. The Friends will use the money to help with our outreach efforts and to operate our youth programs.

Julia Hollins, North Durham Youth Empowerment Program, Impact Grant 2016


Grantee Name: Julia Hollins Project Name: North Durham Youth Empowerment Program Grant Location: Baltimore City, Maryland Funding Partner: Alan Fox Project Description: The North Durham YEP program teaches youth how to build and maintain their own business by using there hands. We currently have a fenced-in garden, and a sewing machine. I need [...]

Thell Robinson III, Violence and Mediation, Impact Grant 2016


Grantee Name: Thell Robinson III Project Name: Violence and Mediation Grant Location: Columbus, Ohio Funding Partner: Alan Fox Project Description: After turning his life around, working as a mentor and conflict mediator to gang members and at-risk youth in central Ohio, Thell Robinson III founded Moral Therapy to help local youth avoid [...]

Christopher McGilvery, Give More HUGS (Helping Unite Giving Souls), Impact Grant 2016


Give More HUGS unites communities to help disadvantaged students have access to educational materials, books with inspirational messages, free Book Share Fairs, and backpacks filled with school supplies while working with students to become leaders who serve and improve their communities. My team and I will train students at schools to implement Project Based Service Learning (PBSL) to help improve communities through educational projects; host annual book and school supplies drives in South Central Texas and Greater New York regions; and increase community partners. Our goal is to help 10,000 students in the upcoming year!

Trish Schappell, The Kids’ Reading Room, Impact Grant 2016


The Kids' Reading Room 2017 goal is to grow our organization! We wish to connect with donors, partner with other non profit organizations, build our Board members, expand to more apartments, and build our volunteer base. We feel a Project Manager will help us meet our goal. We plan to use the funds on a Project Manager. If we are not able to find a knowledgeable project manager, we will use the funds for the last payment of our new website design, student fruit snacks, books, and furnishings for possible new room in the future.

LaKieya Patterson, Building Blocks 4 Families, Impact Grant 2016


Grantee Name: LaKieya Patterson Project Name: Building Blocks 4 Families Grant Location: Los Angeles, California Funding Partner: Alan Fox Project Description: Building Blocks 4 Families is an innovative program which focuses on family-centered supportive services to increase family reunification rates among multi-ethnic groups in the Los Angeles. Building Blocks 4 Families will utilize [...]

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