Introducing Our New Grantees of 2017

February 15, 2017



BronxPower is the vision of community organizers and public-school reform advocates who have deep roots in the South Bronx. Its founders envision a South Bronx that is healthy, economically strong, and where residents can access quality education and safe, affordable housing. After assessing the needs of community residents and consulting with other organizations in the area, the group’s organizers chose as the inaugural campaign organizing residents to improve public schools.

Their aim is to make sure that public-school students and parents are at the forefront of efforts to increase investment in public education, to ensure that the city’s community-schools initiative addresses the needs of local families, and to build and train neighborhood leaders. Our grant is sought for start-up support.


How Our Lives Link Altogether!


How Our Lives Link Altogether! was founded by a group of six young men who met in the Otisville Correctional Facility in Orange County, New York. Incarceration in Otisville strengthened their resolve to reform city policies that fail to address poverty and violence and feed the school-to-prison pipeline. After several years of planning and reflection, three of the original founders created a youth-led organization that is centered on helping young people to become community advocates, participate in criminal-justice reform efforts, and eventually build their own organizing and advocacy campaigns.

The group’s programs are guided by nine principles: resistance for liberation, courage, community transformation, youth-led movement building, multigenerational organizing, human justice, gender justice, environmental justice, and radical healing. Our grant will provide general support for the organization.


Made in Brownsville


Born and raised in Brownsville, Quardean Lewis-Allen attended school outside of his neighborhood. While in graduate school, Mr. Lewis-Allen worked on eco-sustainable affordable housing with the Chife Foundation and was inspired to give back to his community in Brownsville. Through a fellowship at Community Solutions and a residency at the Harvard Innovation Lab, in 2014, Mr. Lewis-Allen founded Made in Brownsville, a community-based, youth-led creative agency providing youth in Brownsville and Ocean-Hill skills in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Made in Brownsville’s goal is to increase the number of youth of color in the design fields while improving neighborhood safety and building community. Made in Brownsville carries out its mission by combining training and mentorship with civic engagement. Our grant provides start-up support.


New York Renews


New York Renews emerged from excitement about the People’s Climate March in September 2014. Building on local meetings across the state, New York Renews formally launched in December 2015, with simultaneous events in a Harlem church and a Buffalo rally. Since the launch, more than 100 environmental, community, labor, and economic justice organizations across the state have joined the coalition to build political power for climate- change policy initiatives that mandate the elimination of all anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions in New York State by 2050, catalyze a transition to a new economy that will create well-paying jobs, protect workers and communities affected by the transition off fossil fuel-based energy, and revitalize and strengthen communities that are most vulnerable to climate change. A grant from the New York Foundation would support this statewide advocacy campaign.