The Summer Opportunity fund awarded $75,000 in grants to support community violence against young adults. Five competitively-awarded grants ($15,000 each) were issued to community-based projects engaging East African and Black/African American young men in Seattle. The programs focus on education, justice, violence prevention, and/or health, and will operate from late-July 2016 through October 31, 2016.
- 180 Program – provide peer training and leadership development for young men of color focused on healing circles, peacemaking, and a UW lecture and campus tour, along with mentoring, job placement and social services connections.
- Multi-Communities – Men’s Circle Journey Project, a facilitated support group for East African and African American men to foster and enhance emotional intelligence, increase self-esteem and respect, provide a safe place to talk, learn and heal, and foster authenticity in actions.
- Somali Family Task Force – A three-month program designed to promote and empower 18-24-year-old East African young men’s healthy development and transition through emerging adulthood by providing mentoring/mentorship, educational preparedness, and job readiness skills building.
- Guiding Academic Motivation for Excellence – A leadership development, empowerment, and community awareness project for 15 East African and African American males to include a walk-a-thon/community march, a community education rally and cookout, and a youth talent and fashion show produced by the participants.
- Brothers United in Leadership Development – To host BUILD the Hood events that highlight culture, healthy lifestyles, and environmental and social activities, and a resource fair for young black men and their families; in addition to a barbershop series to bring issues around education, justice, employment, and health to cultivate inter-generational relationships.
As part of the RFP process to award the funds, the i-team partnered with the Human Services Department and the Department of Neighborhoods to conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to individuals and organizations.