B.L.I.N.G. Grantmakers Needed!

Do you have a great idea to address a social justice issue in your school or community?

  • Are you passionate about social justice?
  • Do you believe youth in SF have the power to decide what they need?
  • Do you want to work with a team of youth to help youth learn about and apply to our $5K grants?
  • Are you 15-18?
  • Can you be present for these mandatory dates?
    • EVERY Tuesday from 4:30-7:30pm from September 11th 2018 – May 2019
    • September 13th

If you answered YES to these questions, YOU ARE READY TO APPLY TO B.L.I.N.G.!

What is B.L.I.N.G.? B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders In Innovative New Giving) is a program where YOUth fund other youth-led projects in San Francisco. BLING engages youth leaders to create change in their communities by funding innovative solutions. Youth leaders give grant money and work with youth-led projects to become powerful for San Francisco youth. B.L.I.N.G. is a program of the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) and is made possible with funding from the Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF).

What Does The B.L.I.N.G. Internship Look Like? Here’s a sample of the things you do in BLING: – Learn about social justice and issues young people in SF care about – Learn about philanthropy and the process of giving grants – Build solid teamwork with other BLING members – Build leadership & advocacy skills – Help other young people gain the skills to apply for grants to fund their dreams. – Outreach to get the word out about our grants – Review applications – Interview people who apply – Make decisions as a group on who gets the grant – Support the implementation of the youth-led project

Applications are due by Monday, August 27th @ 8PM; Interviews will be held between August 27th and September 1st


For questions or more info please call, text, email or visit
Natan Sebhatleab
Youth Leadership Institute
209 9th Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94103
cell (415) 691-5730

Apply online at www.tinyurl.com/applytoBLING

About BLING

Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving (BLING) is YLI’s newest youth philanthropy program in San Francisco. Young people living in San Francisco can apply for mini-grants of up to $5000 for their own projects. BLING is using a social justice model which aims to engage youth in critical thinking to fund and support youth-led projects that directly address important issues and inequities affecting San Francisco youth and their communities. BLING engages youth leaders ages 13–17 interested in building youth power to address inequities through philanthropic giving. This strategy is led through popular education approaches, meaningful youth-led action research, and decision making that is accountable to youth across SF. Together, youth grantmakers and youth program officers fund $60,000 annually in two grant cycles. In addition, BLING youth leaders work directly with funded projects to ensure their impact and sustainability.

BLING mini-grant applications are available each fall and spring. Previously funded project can be found here, and this blog post highlights BLING’s 2017 grant recipients.

For more information about participating in BLING, contact Natan Sebhatleab at nsebhatleab@yli.org or at (415) 691-5730.

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