Idaho Youth [Funds] for Change!
Congratulations to the first two grantees of the Idaho Youth [Funds] for Change! We are excited to announce that the Black Liberation Collective and Project Alarm will each receive funding to engage their respective communities in fostering environments to prevent sexual violence and help create the conditions where all youth can thrive. The Idaho Youth [Funds] for Change is an initiative to encourage and support young people in Idaho as agents of change in their schools and communities. For more information on the Mini Grant program and the Idaho Youth for Change Collective, please visit: www.idahoyouth4change.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to introduce each program and their projects in their own words:
BLACK LIBERATION COLLECTIVE
Black Liberation Art collective is a collective of Black artists across mediums and forms of expression.
With the intention of:
- Highlighting and uplifting local Black art.
- Reconnecting Black people to our forms of expression and healing.
- Having active resources available for Black nourishment and Joy.
- Centering the healing and voices of Black young people and providing space for us to thrive.
Black Liberation Art collective ((BLAC)) is a safe space for Black people to heal through liberation and belonging. Black people are expressive and our art helps us navigate the systems of oppression that show up in our everyday lives. Black Liberation Art collective’s audience is Black youth and marginalized people. Black youth are disproportionately harmed through systems of oppression that make us more likely to be harmed by sexual violence. It is important that we create meaningful spaces for Black trans and queer young people to process, rest, and embody healing. Spaces where we do not need to separate our art from our being in order to be understood and that are safe for us to safely unpack and heal without being harmed in the process.
We hope to create a fluid space for Black creativity and joy. Having nourishing spaces for Black people who have experienced trauma in their bodies to rest and cultivate community and support. We hope to have funds that compensate the artists for labor/time, invest in our nourishment, materials and visions. We hope to interrupt a culture that devalues young people’s need for connection and healing, through actively connecting us to resources that support and uplift our being.
We started Project Alarm because we have witnessed a dramatic deficit in the availability of education concerning sexual assault in our community. We are all rising seniors at Boise High, and other than a causal mention over the morning announcements or a flippant response to a valid concern, we have never been given comprehensive information about preventing sexual violence. We want to inform kids our age and younger about consent, sexual violence prevention, and give young women the tools we need to be able to protect ourselves once we leave our parents’ homes and enter a world that was built by men for men. Already, the overwhelming majority of our classmates that identify as female have experienced varying degrees of sexual violence or harassment, from both our peers and people much older. We want to show the survivors that they are not alone, that it was not their fault, and that they will always have someone in their corner. And we want to reinforce the fact that the only reason for rape is those who choose use violence, and if we can educate the boys and men around us, we may be able to stem the flow of future perpetrators of sexual violence.
We want to create an atmosphere where our fellow classmates are not afraid to speak up and out about sexual violence. We hope to expand this to all the high schools in the valley. As of right now, many of those who have experienced sexual violence are not confident in their schools’ ability to handle this situation or if they can even help. We want to create a sort of peer-centered support network. We want to create a seminar/presentation that we can give to the student body as well as create a training program where we can pass this project on to younger students, to ensure that students will feel secure for generations to come. We will use the funds given, as well as those we have already raised, to pay for any expenses that arise from the completion of the seminar, as well as buying and providing personal alarms to those who need them. These funds will help us foster change by allowing us to purchase filming equipment for the seminar (so we eliminate the need for assemblies at the schools and comply with social distancing), personal alarms, print stickers to help us continually raise money for future chapters of our initiative, and to one day apply for nonprofit status.
Check back soon for more grant opportunities.
Idaho Youth for Change is supporting organizations across Idaho in launching a mini-grant process to help young people lead projects that improve the social determinants of health and health equity in communities across the state.
Want to learn more about Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity? Check out the following resources:
Information for organizations interested in providing a youth mini-grant opportunity:
- Offer mini-grant templates for organizations to use. Organizations can customize as needed.
- Provide a singular platform to advertise youth grant opportunities.
- Offer TA for youth and adults working with youth. Kicking off in November, we’ll offer video calls and webinars to help young people connect with youth leaders across Idaho, share best practices in advocacy and organizing, and provide education opportunities to learn more about health equity, social determinants of health, self-care and more.
- Manage social media platforms and an email address to advertise TA support, grant opportunities, etc. Check out @idahoyfc on Instagram!
- Put together an end of school year event to celebrate youth work in communities from now until then.
Your organization will:
- Create the grant opportunity.
- Choose grant recipients.
- Connect and communicate with grant recipients.
- Provide the funding.
- Do your own evaluation.
- Offer specific subject expertise.
- Provide suggestions for educational support needs.
- If applicable, provide workshops/webinars.
Would you or your organization like to receive a Youth Mini Grant Application template? Fill out the form below!