The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country. Recent highlights include activities in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts.
Youth Speaks Launches Teen Network: Youth Speaks, a San Francisco-based arts education program, rolls out a $10 million initiative to support nonprofits that work with teenagers to strengthen their creative writing and performance skills. Designed to build and sustain organizations that combine arts education and youth development with a focus on long-term civic engagement and public performance, the Brave New Voices Network Initiative includes more than 75 programs across the United States. The initiative will award 25 multiyear grants ranging from $175,000 to $550,000 that include general operating support, staffing support, technical assistance, in addition to an annual pool of $200,000 for programmatic grants.
Funding Aids LGBT Youth: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in Jacksonville and the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida make an initial round of grants. The foundation’s giving circle aims to provide support to organizations working to address the needs of those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The fund’s initial recipients are the Jacksonville Sexual Minority Youth Network ($40,000), ElderSource ($30,000), and the U. of North Florida’s LGBT Resource Center ($18,000). In addition, the fund awarded itself $7,000 to boost its outreach and $5,000 to conduct and disseminate research on services and programs for LGBT families.
Florida and Georgia
Districts Win 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Ed: The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation names Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida as co-winners of the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. Created in 2002, the annual prize recognizes large urban school districts that demonstrate outstanding performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing gaps for poor and minority students. Gwinnett County Public Schools was a 2010 Broad Prize winner and a 2009 finalist, while Orange County Public Schools is a first-time finalist and winner. The two districts will split the $1 million prize, with each receiving $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors
At-Risk Youth Programs Get Support: Two Rivers YMCA in Moline gets two grants totaling $9,000 from the Rock Island Community Foundation. The Y received $4,000 in support of its Y Solutions program, a character development and asset building program for at-risk youth, and $5,000 for Activate Rock Island, which aims to create an active and healthy community through policy, education, and community change.
College Prep Partnership Recognized: The Boston Foundation’s Success Boston is a college completion partnership that works to get thousands of Boston Public Schools students ready, into, and through college. It has been named a finalist for the $100,000 Larry O’Toole Award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. This year, to determine which of the six finalists will collect the award, those interested may vote on the Nellie Mae website.