The Brookline Teen Grantmakers, a program of the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) that teaches local teenagers about philanthropy and the fundamentals of grant making, recently awarded $10,000 to six non-profit organizations serving Brookline.
Thirteen local teens, Kaylie Abner, Yoo Jin Ahn, Nisha Arole, Bailey Au, Clasby Chope, Jessica Fang, Ben Gerber, Ali Greenberg, Michelle Ko, Gabe Sultan, Daria Taubin, Paloma Vasquez and Brian Xu, have attended weekly meetings since mid-January, learning about their community, exploring their values and working together to address issues in Brookline through strategic grantmaking. This year’s program incorporated in-depth conversations about the Understanding Brookline report published by BCF in 2013 as well as guest speakers from local non-profits and other community leaders. The teens collectively developed and issued a request for proposals with a focus on arts and culture, specifically for new or expanded opportunities for low-income residents.
“The program has enlightened me—despite its wealthy reputation, Brookline also has problems, including a rising poverty rate. Through the program, I had the opportunity to help tackle these issues,” said Teen Grantmaker Michelle Ko.
The teens awarded the following grants: Brookline Music School to offer early music education to children from low-income families, Council on Aging to increase the number of low-income residents ages 60+ able to attend a local theater production, Devotion Scholars Program to offer individual drum lessons to students with behavioral and emotional challenges, Gateway Arts/Vinfen to cultivate careers in art for for adults with disabilities, Ideas in Action for the fall 2014 TedxBeaconStreet conference and Steps to Success’ After Hours U/Teen Advantage program for teacher training and curriculum development based on Visual Thinking Skills.
Since the program began in 2011, Brookline teens have given $34,000 in grants to local non-profits working on a range of issues.
Sponsors of the 2014 BTG program include: Bove & Langa, P.C., Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, Inc. and Eastern Bank.
To learn more about the Brookline Teen Grantmakers program, visit BCF’s website at http://brooklinecommunity.org/community/community-collaboration/brookline-teen-grantmakers or contact Jennifer Lemire, Associate Director of Programs and Grants, at email@example.com.