In May 2019, ALLINBKLYN made grants totaling $307,000 to 21 nonprofit organizations operating in Brooklyn.
AAFSC is a non-profit, non-sectarian settlement house that was founded in Brooklyn in 1994. This nonprofit provides culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services to all who seek assistance with a focus on Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities. A first-time $15,000 grant from Allinbklyn will be used for general operating support.
Beam Center builds together with NYC youth, artists, engineers, makers and educators to connect people to projects that have purpose. Young people learn to collaborate and create while learning practical skills in welding, physical computing, carpentry, ceramics, textiles, video, programming and design. Projects help young people build their character and self-esteem, develop skills that are useful in today’s workplace, and prepare for a life of continual learning and meaningful action. A $10,000 grant from Allinbklyn will provide general operating support for programs in Brooklyn. This represents a third year of Allinbklyn funding for Beam.
Brooklyn Woods is a skills training and job placement program at Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. The program prepares 60 low-income, unemployed men and women for careers each year in woodworking and fabrication. Brooklyn Woods is receiving a $15,000 grant from Allinbklyn for general operating support. This grant represents a third year of funding for Brooklyn Woods.
Educated Little Monsters (ELM)* is a grassroots arts organization and movement dedicated to providing an artistic outlet for native Brooklyn youth of color while empowering them to become socially responsible and aware of the changes affecting them in their communities. Teaching Artists and Mentors work with 60 youth annually to create programming around dance, theater, visual art and film making to help kids find comfort and develop confidence in a community that supports and develops their individual voices and leadership potential. This $5,000 grant from Allinbklyn will go towards general operating support.
Emma’s Torch provides culinary apprenticeships and training to refugees so that this fragile population can get the workforce training, as well as support and placement services, to enter the food service industry in New York City. Operating out of a café and catering location in Brooklyn, Emma’s Torch is receiving an Allinbklyn general operating support grant for $25,000. This is Emma’s Torch’s second year of Allinbklyn funding.
The Flatbush Tenant Coalition is a member-led group of tenant associations in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush and South Crown Heights working collectively to build tenant power. The coalition advocates to improve the lives of tenants so that families have safe, decent and affordable housing. Flatbush Tenant Coalition organizes and supports tenant associations, educating tenants about their rights and teaching them how to organize to make change. A first-time Allinbklyn grant for $10,000 will help support the SCOPE (Students in Community Organizing to Prevent Evictions) project launched in fall 2018 in response to the growing crisis of homelessness amongst children.
Girl Be Heard uses theater to engage youth and open up dialogue about social justice issues affecting their communities—from gun violence to sex trafficking. Girl Be Heard runs both afterschool and weekend education programs in underserved areas of New York City, where all of the participant’s theatrical work is generated. Building self-esteem, growing individual talents (step dancing, singing, rapping, and acting), and empowering girls to become leaders in and advocates for their communities comprises Girl Be Heard’s unique program. A first-time Allinbklyn grant for $20,000 will be used for general operating support.
The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is a community-based non-profit organization that serves as the environmental steward for the Gowanus Canal Watershed. This conservancy not only acts as the guiding voice for Gowanus landscape design, it also educates and empowers the community and beyond about the challenges of this Superfund site through public and school programming. A $15,000 Allinbklyn grant, the third in three years, will be used for general operating support.
Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (HEAF) changes the lives of underserved young people beginning in middle school and continuing in college and beyond through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and constant individual attention. A $15,000 grant from Allinbklyn will support the HEAF @Brooklyn initiative which provides students in Bed-Stuy and surrounding communities with college preparatory and youth leadership after-school programming. This is the third Allinbklyn grant for HEAF in five years.
Heights and Hills provides support services to Brooklyn’s elderly and their caregivers promoting “successful aging in the community.” A $25,000 grant for general operating support will help fund existing services and will augment programming at their senior center in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This grant represents a third year of Allinbklyn funding for Heights and Hills.
Jeremiah Program is a new nonprofit located in Brownsville, Brooklyn with a mission to “transform families from poverty to prosperity.” This successful Minnesota nonprofit is piloting its model in Brooklyn, creating partnerships between service providers and diverse single mothers living below the federal poverty line and their young children to create access and reduce barriers for both generations. Allinbklyn is supporting this start up for a second year in a row with a $10,000 general operating support grant.
KAVI builds a community of support around youth of color to ensure their health and well-being, whether it be at home or at school, in the hospital or in the community. KAVI connects with youth in these various settings as part of a holistic approach to violence intervention that begins and ends with recognizing their humanity. A first-time Allinbklyn grant of $25,000 will be used for general operating support.
Kings County Tennis League uses tennis as an instrument for youth development and community building in underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods. This nonprofit not only rebuilds/refurbishes tennis courts that are located in public housing developments in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, it also provides volunteer led tennis instruction to kids ages 5-15 as well as teaching educational and community building activities. Kings County Tennis League is using a $20,000 grant, the second grant in two years from Allinbklyn, for general operating support.
LIF (Legal Information for Families Today) seeks to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies. This $25,000 grant will help LIFT expand its community outreach and ability to offer more services in Brooklyn.
The Partnership for the Homeless was founded nearly three decades ago to provide emergency shelter through public-private partnerships. Now, this nonprofit’s programs include an array of prevention services for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, at risk for homelessness, or who are rebuilding their lives after leaving shelters. Their two-pronged strategy provides crisis services for New Yorkers facing eviction, fleeing violence or leaving shelters, and, once safely housed, provides wraparound services and community integration to help ensure long-term housing stability. A first-time Allinbklyn grant of $10,000 will support Brooklyn-based programming for this organization.
Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow’s (PLOT’s) is a mentorship program that provides a positive path for at risk, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth to thrive. PLOT strives to meet the holistic, developmental needs of young people through mentorship, leadership development, civic engagement, and social awareness. By working with trained and relatable mentors, youth can learn to optimize their potential and create change in their communities. A first-time grant of $10,000 from Allinbklyn will be used toward general operating support.
Providence House seeks to end the cycle of homelessness, abuse and return to incarceration by creating long-lasting change in the lives of women and families through services provided in transitional shelters and permanent supportive housing. As part of the Women’s Community Justice Project, Providence House adapted a 15-bed transitional shelter to serve an alternative-to-detention population – women awaiting trial who would otherwise have to spend that time under extremely dangerous conditions on Rikers. An Allinbklyn grant of $5,000 will help support an onsite peer navigator who will provide critical support to this fragile population.
Read 718 provides individualized literacy instruction and mentorship to low-income students in grades 4-8 in Brooklyn who are reading below grade level. The organization, a 2015, 2017 and 2018 Allinbklyn grantee, is receiving a fourth year of funding with a $15,000 grant for general operating support.
Rise provides emotional support to parents involved in the family court system by exposing them to the transformative nature of writing and speaking about their experiences. Using these methods, Rise also seeks to guide child welfare professionals in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve. The overall goal is to reduce unnecessary family separations and increase the likelihood that children who are placed in foster care can quickly and safely return home. This first-time Allinbklyn grant of $7,500 will support Brooklyn-based programming.
Service Learning Project promotes civic engagement through student-led school day and after-school programs where youth become agents of change, learning through the process that being involved is essential to an effective and equitable democracy. This nonprofit offers flexible programming not only in schools, but also in community organizations. A $10,000 grant, the second in two years, will be used for general operating support.