“It is really important for people that are going through struggles to come together and try to organize and work things out.” – B.L.I.N.G. Spring 2017 Grantee
On Thursday, January 18th, B.L.I.N.G. youth grantmakers held their Grantee Kick-Off, celebrating 7 new youth-led social justice initiatives in San Francisco.
B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving) is a youth-led philanthropy program that brings San Francisco youth together to support projects that enable youth to act on social injustices they see in their communities. A total of $30,000 was was awarded this cycle, with youth-led projects granted up to $5,000 to create social change by implementing innovative and equity-centered projects in their communities.
Each funding cycle, BLING’s cohort of 8-12 grantmakers reviews applications, interviews youth applicants, and presents on each project to their fellow B.L.I.N.G. board members on Decision Day. B.L.I.N.G.’s Fall 2017 grantees are exploring female identities and building self-confidence, creating healing spaces, and addressing racism and how it impacts our communities, among much more.
A HUGE shout out to our supporter, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families.
We are excited to announce our Fall 2017 Grantees:
International Women’s Day (Good Samaritan Family Resource Center)
Self-Empowerment Project (June Jordan Small Schools for Equity)
SFC Youth Summit (Filipino-American Development Foundation)
YMAC Urban Healing Project (YMAC Urban Healing Project)
Youth Cooks (Mission High School)
Youth Theater Tech (Mission High School)
June Jordan Migration Club and Internship (June Jordan Small Schools for Equity)