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2009
 
Backstretch Education Fund, New York, NY
ESL Program for Backstretch Workers $10,000
The Backstretch Education Fund provides educational opportunities for Hispanic immigrant workers, residing on the backstretch of the racetrack, which enables them to realize their potential as individuals and thus create better lives for themselves in the United States.
 
 
Community~Word Project, New York, NY www.communitywordproject.org
Multidisciplinary Classroom Arts Residencies $10,000
Community~Word Project works with nearly 1,000 at-risk youth in eight underserved NYC elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, schools that are struggling with overcrowding, budget reductions, high teacher turnover and the stress of preparing for mandatory tests.  CWP’s weekly collaborative arts residencies transform the classroom into a supportive learning environment where students develop the literacy and life skills they must have to succeed in school and in life.
 
 
Church Outreach To Youth Project, Inc. (COTY), North Adams, MA
Haiti Plunge – Eight-classroom school in Haiti $5,000
COTY provides unique educational, recreational, and social opportunities which prepare and engage youth to be of service to others. Haiti Plunge was initiated in 1984 as an international service learning program for high school, college and young adults. The Plunge challenges young people to change one small part of the world. Both American and Haitian youth are engaged in developing a nine village agricultural cooperative set deep within the Central Plateau of Haiti.
 
 
Girls Write Now, New York, NY www.girlswritenow.org
One-on-One Mentorship Workshops $10,000
Girls Write Now helps at-risk girls from New York City’s public high schools realize their writing potential, providing a safe and supportive environment where they can expand their talent, develop independent creative voices and gain the confidence to make healthy school, career and life choices.
 
 
Groundswell Community Mural Project, Brooklyn, NY www.groundswellmural.org
2009-2010 After-school Programs $10,000
Groundswell Community Mural Project, founded in 1996, brings together artists, grassroots organizations and teens to create high quality works of public art in New York City, with a special focus on Brooklyn.  Youth, grassroots organizations and artists use Groundswell to equip themselves with the tools necessary to create positive change in their communities.
 
 
HelpKenya/St. Christine Community Centre, Kenya www.pamoja.help-kenya.org
Water Tank Project $1,300
HelpKenya is a community-based, not-for-profit organization based in Kenya that aims to help alleviate the poverty suffered by many Kenyans by collaborating with local organizations such as St. Christine Community Centre.  St. Christine runs an informal school situated in one of the largest slums of Kibera, Kenya.  The school operates from nursery to class eight.
 
 
The Reading Team, New York, NY
Preschool Program – Literacy Mentor (2009-2010) $5,000
The Reading Team is dedicated to enabling children who are at risk of reading failure to become competent and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.  The design of the preschool program follows a community based model where neighboring preschools are selected to participate in the program. The preschool literacy intervention program consists of the Waterford Early Reading Program, a computer based reading curriculum.
 
 

2008

 
Backstretch Education Fund, New York, NY
ESL Program for Backstretch Workers $10,000
The Backstretch Education Fund provides educational opportunities for Hispanic immigrant workers, residing on the backstretch of the racetrack, which enables them to realize their potential as individuals and thus create better lives for themselves in the United States.
 
 
East Harlem Tutorial Program, New York, NY www.ehtp.org
Family Literacy Program 2008 – 2009 $10,000
The East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) has been a pioneer in the field of after-school education.  Its programs operate within a youth development framework, with the conviction that learning happens best in caring, engaging environments.  EHTP provides one-on-one tutoring which is a critical part of a larger strategy to provide comprehensive educational enrichment programs and age appropriate activities that support the development of families, children and young adults.
 
 
Girls Write Now, New York, NY www.girlswritenow.org
One-on-One Mentorship Workshops $10,000
Girls Write Now helps at-risk girls from New York City’s public high schools realize their writing potential, providing a safe and supportive environment where they can expand their talent, develop independent creative voices and gain the confidence to make healthy school, career and life choices.
 
 
Groundswell Community Mural Project, Brooklyn, NY www.groundswellmural.org
After-school Programs $10,000
Groundswell Community Mural Project, founded in 1996, brings together artists, grassroots organizations and teens to create high quality works of public art in New York City, with a special focus on Brooklyn.  Youth, grassroots organizations and artists use Groundswell to equip themselves with the tools necessary to create positive change in their communities.
 
 
The Reading Team, New York, NY
Preschool Program – Literacy Mentor (2008-2009) $5,000
The Reading Team is dedicated to enabling children who are at risk of reading failure to become competent and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.  The design of the preschool program follows a community based model where neighboring preschools are selected to participate in the program. The preschool literacy intervention program consists of the Waterford Early Reading Program, a computer based reading curriculum.
 
 
Salvation Army Treatment Services, Honolulu, HI www.usw.salvationarmy.org
Transitional Housing Study/Computer Room $10,000
The Salvation Army Family Treatment Services provides specialized mental health, educational and chemical dependency recovery services to parents and children, and to support them to achieve stability in their lives and relate more effectively to self, others and the community.
 
 
2007
 
Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, New York, NY www.isaacscenter.org
ESOL-Plus Program $7,000
The Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a multi-service agency, providing educational and cultural opportunities to more than 6,000 low-income children, teenagers, adults and families in New York City primarily in East Harlem.
 
 
East Harlem Tutorial Program, New York, NY www.ehtp.org
Family Literacy Program $7,000
The East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) has been a pioneer in the field of after-school education.  Its programs operate within a youth development framework, with the conviction that learning happens best in caring, engaging environments.  EHTP provides one-on-one tutoring which is a critical part of a larger strategy to provide comprehensive educational enrichment programs and age appropriate activities that support the development of families, children and young adults.
 
 
Zen Peacemakers, Montague, MA www.zenpeacemakers.org
PathMakers Partnership Documentary Film $10,000
Zen Peacemakers is a global network that integrates spiritual practice, social enterprise, the arts and social action.  The PathMakers Partnership is an alliance of Zen Peacemakers, Gasoline Alley Foundation and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office.  The Partnership is committed to ending homelessness and reducing the rate of recidivism in the City of Springfield, MA.  The film will document the activities of the Partnership as it engages in specific projects to end homelessness.
 
 
The Reading Team, New York, NY
Preschool Program – Literacy Mentor $6,000
The Reading Team is dedicated to enabling children who are at risk of reading failure to become competent and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.  The design of the preschool program follows a community based model where neighboring preschools are selected to participate in the program. The preschool literacy intervention program consists of the Waterford Early Reading Program, a computer based reading curriculum.
 
 

Backstretch Education Fund, New York, NY
ESL Program $10,000

The Backstretch Education Fund provides educational opportunities for Hispanic immigrant workers, residing on the backstretch of the racetrack, which enables them to realize their potential as individuals and thus create better lives for themselves in the United States.

 
 
Brandeis High School, New York, NY
Film and Music Scoring Project $5,000

Brandeis’ music program provides music training to enhance the academic curricula of this previously failing school in order to attract and motivate students.
 
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Riverside Symphony, New York, NY www.riversidesymphony.org
2007 Music Memory Program $5,000
Riverside Symphony’s mission is to deepen appreciation for classical music among the widest possible audience through performances and recordings of the highest artistic merit and to provide music and education programs for all ages.  Its Music Memory Program now serves 10,000 third- through sixth-grade New York City public school children throughout the five boroughs.
 
 
Union Settlement Association, New York, NY www.unionsettlement.org
New Populations Initiative $10,000
For over 100 years, Union Settlement Association has worked with and for the predominantly immigrant population of East Harlem, New York to improve their lives, to become economically self-sufficient and to build a stronger community.
 
 
2006

 

The Bronx Charter School for Children, Bronx, NY www.tbcsc.org
Enrichment for Excellence Program $10,000

The Bronx Charter School for Children (BCSC) was established in 2004 as an academically challenging, safe, and nurturing learning community in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the country.  BCSC presently serves 198 kindergarten through second grade students.

 
 
Riverside Symphony, New York, NY www.riversidesymphony.org
2006 Music Memory Program $10,000

Riverside Symphony’s mission is to deepen appreciation for classical music among the widest possible audience through performances and recordings of the highest artistic merit and to provide music and education programs for all ages.  Its Music Memory Program now serves 10,000 third- through sixth-grade New York City public school children throughout the five boroughs.

 

 

The Reading Team, New York, NY
Preschool Program $10,000

The Reading Team is dedicated to enabling children who are at risk of reading failure to become competent and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.  The design of the preschool program follows a community based model where neighboring preschools are selected to participate in the program. The preschool literacy intervention program consists of the Waterford Early Reading Program, a computer based reading curriculum.

 

 

2005

 

American Jewish World Service, New York, NY www.ajws.org
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Fundacion Denis Ernesto Gonzalez Lopez (FDEGL)
, Nicaragua $5,000
Development Foundation for Rural Areas (DEFORA),
Uganda $5,000

 

 
Brandeis High School, New York, NY
Music Software and Computers $5,583

Brandeis’ music program provides music training to enhance the academic curricula of this previously failing school in order to attract and motivate students.
 
 
The Garden at St. Ann’s, Bronx, NY
Children’s Teaching Garden $7,000

The Garden at St. Ann’s mission is to create and sustain, with teens and children in the community, an organic vegetable and flower garden, which is used in promoting care for the earth and health conscious eating.
 
 
Global Kids New York, NY www.globalkids.org
2005 Global Kids Annual Youth Conference $10,000

Global Kids’ mission is to prepare urban youth to become global citizens and community leaders.  Global Kids, Inc. works to ensure that young people of diverse backgrounds have the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed in the workplace and participate in the shaping of public policy and international relations.
 
 
Women’s Press Collective (WPC), New York, NY
Press, Design and Writing Training Program $10,000

WPC provides publications resources and training free-of-charge to assist the organizing efforts and to build a political voice for low-income workers, with a particular focus on the needs of women.
 
 
2004
 
Riverside Symphony, New York, NY www.riversidesymphony.org
Music Memory Program $5,000

Riverside Symphony’s mission is to deepen appreciation for classical music among the widest possible audience through performances and recordings of the highest artistic merit and to provide music and education programs for all ages.  Its Music Memory Program now serves 10,000 third- through sixth-grade New York City public school children throughout the five boroughs.
 
 
2003
 
Brandeis High School, New York, NY
Music Training Program $
8,000
Brandeis’ music program provides music training to enhance the academic curricula of this previously failing school in order to attract and motivate students.
 
 
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA  www.jjpl.org
Youth Defender Initiative Study $10,000

The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana aims to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities in order to instill hope and to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive.  Its three overarching goals are: to create and support an effective and innovative juvenile defense system; to alleviate unconstitutional conditions of confinement for juveniles, both pre- and post-adjudication; and to work collaboratively with existing organizations and resources to develop and expand rehabilitation efforts and alternatives to incarceration for juveniles.
 
 
Women’s Press Collective (WPC), New York, NY
Printing and Publications Training Program Expansion $10,000

WPC provides publications resources and training free-of-charge to assist the organizing efforts and to build a political voice for low-income workers, with a particular focus on the needs of women.
 
 
Total Granted $261,883
 

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