June 22, 2018
 
Five Nonprofit Partnerships Awarded $100K to Collaborate

June 8, 2018 — The Boston Foundation last week announced it has awarded $20,000 to each of five partnerships, based in Boston and Somerville, that are collaborating to create and advance neighborhood projects which connect younger and older residents to solve urban problems.

The 2017-18 Collaborate Boston awards were announced May 31 by the 2017-18 class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows of The Boston Foundation (TBF). The 10 fellows designed this year’s competition and played an active role in the decision-making.

“This Collaborate Boston process captures the true essence of what we mean when we talk about grassroots grantmaking efforts,” said Natanja Craig, TBF director of grassroots programs. “To have our fellows, who themselves were selected for their connections and impact on their local communities, devise and execute this year’s program, helps to ensure that our Collaborate Boston winners are not just quality programs, but that they capitalize on the power of neighborhood organizations to create innovative solutions.”

The winning partnerships were:

The Green Team World Crops Project – Somerville
Partners: Groundwork Somerville, Mystic Community Garden, SomerVIVA

To connect youth with community elders and increase food access, this project will give youth an opportunity to interview immigrant elders from their local community to learn about foods native to their home countries. The youth will then be paired with mentor farmers, who will guide them as they grow, harvest, and sell those crops to neighborhood families at affordable prices.

Helping Girls Shine by LIPGLOSS (Ladies Involved in Protecting Girls’ Lives On Serious Subjects) – Boston
Partners: LIPGLOSS, Boston Emergency Services Team, Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester

In this project, girls will learn from the lived experiences of their elders. The Helping Girls Shine program will convene 20 girls chosen by the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester to be part of an 8- to 12-week program to develop their leadership skills and teaches them the power of sharing stories and how to manage difficult but necessary conversations.

The Racines Black Dance Festival – Boston
Partner: The Racine Dance Company

To create an inclusive, accessible, intergenerational experience through dance, The Racine Dance Company will host The Racines Black Dance Festival, led by passionate community artists creating an African-rooted dance festival. After a successful launch in Cambridge in 2017, the grant will make It possible to move the festival to Boston this year. Young dancers will learn both the discipline and the history of Pan-African rooted dances in a supportive community environment.

Boston Asian American Immigration Stories and Support Network – Boston
Partners: Asian American Resource Workshops, Greater Boston Legal Services – Asian Outreach Unit

This project highlights the power of creating movements, by bringing together groups to work collectively to identify problems rooted in systems of oppression and seek to dismantle them. In this collaboration, young and old will share and uplift Asian immigration stories, and take part in designing and implementing Know Your Rights workshops to build immigrant power through collaborative effort.

The Boston Resilience Collaborative – Boston
Partner: Boston Alliance of Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth

The Boston Resilience Collaborative will organize a conference and other opportunities to bring together different generations of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. This will serve to elevate their shared voice, and to identify and eliminate contact and communications barriers between the generations that serve to marginalize transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals of all ages.

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