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The New York Community Trust Announces Latest Round of Grants Totaling $7.8 Million



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Ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 census count, improving conditions for restaurant workers, merging Brooklyn hospitals. These are just three of the 63 funded projects that will make life better in New York.

(October 16, 2018) NEW YORK, NY – The Trust is committed to helping solve some of New York’s toughest challenges. For each of the following grants, we offer journalists additional one-page background memos that detail the problems we’re addressing and our approaches to solving them. Please contact Amy Wolf at the contact information above for more. Some highlights include:

Counting All New Yorkers: Our New York State Census Equity Fund will use $225,000 to ensure a fair, accurate, and successful 2020 Census by supporting groups that reach hard-to-count populations, including immigrants, homeless New Yorkers, and families with young children.

Green Innovation: A$250,000 grant tothe Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is supporting a competition identifying promising companies from around the country that can help achieve the city’s sustainability goals. Last year’s winner was a start-up that helps builders use 3-D modeling to avoid mistakes that waste resources and money.
Better Health Through Food: With a$98,000 grant, Fund for Public Health in New York is expanding its Pharmacy to Farm Prescriptions program that provides vouchers for fruits and vegetables as part of treatment for heart disease and high blood pressure.

Carving Out New Careers: A third-year grant of $85,000 to Woodlawn Conservancy in the Bronx will expand an apprenticeship program in stone masonry that provides young people from low-income families a pathway to well-paying jobs.

Preparing Young People for Art Schools and Conservatories

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund helps gifted young people of limited financial means who aspire to careers in the arts. Every year, The Trust makes grants to arts training groups for fellowships in a spectrum of disciplines. Since 1991, our Van Lier Fellowship Program has opened new, life-changing opportunities to 2,000 students. This year, we are making grants to pre-professional programs to help young people—especially young people of color—prepare for art schools and conservatories. This year’s grantees include:

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, $70,000 for seven young dancers who will study modern dance techniques.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, $95,000 for intensive vocal training for four high school singers.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, $150,000 for six talented dance students ages 12-17 to take intensive performance classes.

Ghetto Film School, $60,000 for 10 African-American and Latino high school students to produce original films and gain internships in the industry.

Harlem School of the Arts, $150,000 to train eight talented students in dance, music, theater, arts and design.

New York Youth Symphony, $60,000 for fellowships to four high school students who will receive classical training, mentorship, and attend Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Pratt Institute, $130,000 for design fellowships for five high school sophomores to hone their craft, develop portfolios, and receive mentorship from Pratt students.

Third Street Music School Settlement, $90,000 to provide private instruction, music theory and composition training, and conservatory audition prep to four young musicians.

Urban Word NYC, $150,000 for literary arts fellowships to prepare eight students to write and perform their original works.

Healthy Lives

Institute for Applied Gerontology, $300,000 to create the nation’s first continuing-education program for social workers in palliative care.

Mount Sinai Hospital, $101,000 to provide trauma therapy services to young immigrants, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, refugees, or survivors of human trafficking.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, $50,000 to help undocumented immigrants being treated for serious illnesses apply for immigration benefits and Medicaid to improve their treatment options and mental health.

New York Stem Cell Foundation, $237,000 to determine if stem cells can be used to test potential treatments for Parkinson’s disease, a first step to enabling human clinical trials.

One Brooklyn Health System, $125,000 to facilitate the merger of Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, ensuring the hospitals’ financial sustainability and improving access to health care throughout Brooklyn.

Planned Parenthood of New York City, $185,000 to protect reproductive health services for New Yorkers.


Donors’ Education Collaborative, $200,000 for a joint foundation effort to support advocacy for public education reform.

New York University, $557,000 to help teachers use oral storytelling exercises to improve children’s reading and vocabulary skills and assess students’ progress.

Human Justice

A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center, $90,000 for research, advocacy, and a hotline to help more residents take advantage of New York’s paid family leave law.

Human Services

Children’s Village, $150,000 to increase the number of foster children living with relatives and improve the quality of foster homes.

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, $80,000 to improve the well-being of homeless families and children by funding a coalition of 40 organizations working to prevent homelessness, improve shelter services, and help families transition into housing.

Covenant House New York, $150,000 to provide communication and confidence-building skills to 200 staff working with homeless young people.

New Yorkers for Children, $100,000 to improve services for poor, pregnant women and families with young children by using “human-centered design” principles that help develop an understanding of clients’ habits and needs.

New York University, Silver School of Social Work, $262,000 to fill a leadership gap in social work by training the next generation of leaders in the field.

Jobs and Workforce Development

New York City Workforce Development Fund, $200,000 to continue to support joint grantmaking in workforce development focused on strengthening New York City’s system of services for job seekers and employers.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, $75,000 to prepare workers for jobs in the restaurant industry.

Workforce Professionals Training Institute, $200,000 for its NYC Workforce Field Building Hub that will create a citywide cabinet of employment leaders to coordinate programs and identify innovations in the field. The Hub also will work to expand available sources of labor market data and other information to guide investments.

Youth Empowerment

Girls for Gender Equity, $100,000 for a civic engagement advisory council led by 24 young women of color. The council will meet with elected officials, and design advocacy campaigns on police and criminal justice reform and improving school discipline procedures.

New York On Tech, $125,000 to expand a program that teaches coding and web development to disadvantaged high school students and places them in paid tech internships.

Red Hook Initiative, $100,000 to expand an education and employment program for unemployed young people in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Support for Young Immigrants

During this difficult time for the City’s immigrants, young people often turn to local, immigrant-led community groups for support. We awarded $1 million to 13 organizations that empower young immigrants with training in leadership skills, physical and mental health screenings, and opportunities to engage in policy advocacy.

Youth development programs at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services, Arab American Association of New York, Atlas: DIY, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Global Action Project, and Mekong NYC will empower immigrant youth to become better leaders and advocates. Education organizations including Arab-American Family Support Center, Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project, and Masa will promote academic success among English language learners.

Young immigrants in the Bronx, including undocumented children, will have access to Terra Firma health and mental health services, and can get academic enrichment by playing soccer at South Bronx United.

Support will not end when students graduate: our grant to New York State Youth Leadership Council will fund undocumented immigrants’ campaigns to improve student services on college campuses.

Arts and Culture

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, $125,000 for events and outreach campaigns to attract Chinese and Chinese-American audiences to chamber music performances and bring performances to more diverse audiences.

Dance/NYC, $60,000 to research the capacity-building needs of dance groups with budgets under $1 million, many led by people of color and by artists with disabilities.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, $120,000 to help the Pare Lorentz Film Center produce short films for students on the history lessons of the 1930s and1940s.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, $81,000 to develop an arts program for students, teachers, and coordinators in the City’s public school Gender and Sexuality Alliances.

Civic Affairs

NYC Service, $80,000 for a program called City Service Corps, which connects out-of-school, out-of-work young adults with job training and temporary placement in understaffed city government agencies.

Strengthening Communities

IMPACCT Brooklyn, $65,000 to help low-income Brooklyn residents participate in affordable housing lotteries.

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, $100,000 to promote homeownership for limited-equity cooperative homeowners.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, $75,000 to support the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses in Washington Heights run largely by immigrant women.

Promoting Sustainability

Climate Group U.S., $100,000 to persuade large companies to meet all their energy needs with renewable sources.

Friends of the Earth, $100,000 for efforts to reduce diesel pollution in ports in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Midwest Environmental Justice Network, $125,000 to help low-income communities in the Midwest address environmental health and climate challenges.

National Wildlife Federation, $100,000 to protect wildlife and advocate for fair labor practices in the emerging offshore wind-farming industry.

New York City Audubon Society, $60,000 to promote the installation of green roofs beneficial to birds and pollinators.

Urban Sustainability Directors Network, $100,000 to help at least five cities meet their climate goals through clean energy, energy-efficient building design, and sustainable transportation.

Waterfront Alliance, $100,000 to develop new standards for building resilient waterfront cities and create continuing education courses on waterfront design.

Special Projects

New-York Historical Society, $200,000 for an American history and civics course to prepare over 2,000 green card holders to pass the citizenship exam.

Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, $150,000 to generate economic development in Appalachia by restoring abandoned mine lands and facilities.

About The New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the city and its suburbs. It connects individuals, families, foundations, and businesses with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community today and tomorrow.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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