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Youth Grantmaking Program
In March 2011 BCF launched the Youth Grantmaking Program as a way to engage Brookline youth in their community and get them excited about the impact of giving. The initiative provided a quality learning experience and exposure to philanthropy for 13 young adults from a variety of Brookline schools, ranging from ages 13 to 17.
2012 Youth Grantmaking Program Grants
On June 13th 2012, the 2012 Youth Grantmaking Team recommended two grants totaling $8,000 to the Board of Trustees. The 2012 Youth Grantmaking Team decided to focus on projects supporting workforce development. The proposals that received funding were:
- Next Steps Program — A program to provide career counseling to unemployed and underemployed residents of the Brookline Housing Authority. This grant will increase capacity, fund new workshops and support website enhancements.
- Brookline LEADS — A new program in fall 2012, this grant will support stipends for 10 to 15, 19- to 22-year-old Brookline students on Individualized Education Plans --Participants will work in Recreation Department facilities and be given job training and experience to help them find long-term employment.
2011 Youth Grantmaking Program Grants
The Brookline Community Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Team recommended two grants totaling $6,000 to the Board of Trustees at its June 8th meeting. The Board approved funding of the proposals for the Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP) summer literacy program, Summer Sparks, as well as the Brookline Community Mental Health Center (BCMHC) mentoring program, Brothers and Sister Toward Success.
The Summer Sparks program aims to slow or stop summer regression for students with emerging reading and writing skills. The program enhances literacy experiences for children ages 3 through 7 who may struggle with literacy development. Brothers and Sisters Toward Success is for male and female METCO students in Brookline who are moving from elementary to high school. The primary goal is helping METCO students build a strong and positive sense of self and their capabilities. The Youth Grantmaking Team hopes their grants to these two programs will help improve the lives of youth across Brookline.