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Community Partnerships

The Progress Investment Charitable Fund is an endowed fund that supports model programs focused on disadvantaged communities across the United States. It is a philanthropy partnership between Progress Investment Management and The San Francisco Foundation. The Progress Investment Charitable Fund is deeply committed to initiatives that support an emerging, multi-ethnic world. Some current and past grantees include:

NEW YORK

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol promotes educational achievement, helps young people develop a clear understanding of the world around them and to respect the essential connection they have to each other. This single-gender, chapter-based program meets weekly, guided by adult leaders to help young men and women gain decision-making and leadership skills, foster positive peer relationships and offer a safe space for teens as they deal with the pressures and challenges of growing up.

The Riverside Community Services Corporation

The Riverside Community Services Corporation is a non-profit, non-religious 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building stronger and sustainable communities through social service, direct aid and programs rooted in justice.

Association of Community Employment: Programs for the Homeless, Inc. (ACE)

The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless works with homeless men and women throughout New York City, providing job training, work experience and a lifetime support network to help program participants achieve their goals and establish economic independence.

The Eagle Academy Foundation

The Eagle Academy is a public/private venture youth-serving organization that promotes academic enrichment, character development and mentoring/community service as a means to effecting change in urban communities, especially in Black males.

CALIFORNIA

Juma Ventures

Juma strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education and financial capability for America’s youth. Since its inception, Juma has grown from a job-training and placement program serving a handful of youths to a comprehensive, award-winning, national youth development program and is considered one of the nation’s premier social enterprise programs.

Alive & Free

Alive & Free is a violence prevention program founded at the Omega Boys Club—a nationally recognized youth development and violence prevention organization in San Francisco, CA. Alive & Free’s mission is to keep young people alive and free, unharmed by violence and free from incarceration, and to provide them with opportunity and support to build positive lives to further develop into contributing roles in society.

Youth UpRising (YU)

YU’s mission is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults, and improving the systems that impact them. Located in the heart of East Oakland, YU is a neighborhood hub offering services and programs to increase physical and mental well being, community connection, educational attainment and career achievement among youth members.

Youth Impact Hub Oakland

Youth Impact Hub Oakland supports the leadership of low-income youth of color in creating an equitable, life-affirming economy. Youth Impact Hub Oakland is multi-sector collaboration between United Roots (provides a co-working office space for young people), Youth SEED (offers social entrepreneurship training and seed funding) and Impact Hub Oakland (connects Youth HUB Fellows with the business community).

Hidden Genius Project

In 2012, five black male entrepreneurs/technologists, unnerved by the dramatic juxtaposition between the high unemployment of black male youth and the plethora of career opportunities within the local technology sector, founded the Hidden Genius Project. The program connects underserved, young black males with the skills, mentors and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepreneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy.

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

MoAD, based in San Francisco, CA, plays a vital role in the local arts community. It is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.

Caminos Pathways Learning Center

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, CAMINOS enables low-income, Latina immigrants to create opportunities for self and economic improvement through access to technology, thereby interrupting the cycle of poverty and social isolation affecting their health and well being.

MARYLAND

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is among the nations most dynamic cultural and educational institutions. Because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, it is also among the most unique. Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its uniqueness.

Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, Inc. (CCYD)

CCYD programs foster the personal development and positive human relationships necessary for living a socially responsible and personally satisfying life. They focus on a child’s strengths and assets, and encourage the youth to set achievable goals for themselves, both educationally and in their personal lives. Then CCYD works to help them realize those goals. Four organizational objectives provide core programmatic direction: To help youth build strong developmental assets; to prevent the onset or recurrence of delinquency; to help students attain educational milestones; and to empower and prepare youth for self-sufficiency.

Raising a Reader, Baltimore (RAR)

In 2011, in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and Target Corporation, RAR began implementing programs in Baltimore, Maryland to reach more than 1,000 kindergarten-age children and their families. The response has been extremely positive and now reaches over 3,000 area children.

MASSACHUSETTS

Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. (RYI)

RYI is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to create healthy families and strong communities, to inspire young men and women to recognize and develop their strengths, and to prepare them to lead independent and self-sufficient lives. RYI combats the root causes of juvenile delinquency in the inner city Boston neighborhoods by providing innovative support services to court-involved and other youth up to 21 years of age. Their goal is to reduce delinquent behavior and to increase positive and productive outcomes for youth by assisting system-involved youth and providing wrap-around services for those overcoming delinquency or family problems.

ILLINOIS

The Black Star Project

Founded in 1996, The Black Star Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap. Their mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities.

Fathers, Families & Healthy Communities (FFCH)

Fathers, Families & Healthy Communities is a working group of social service and community development practitioners, researchers, and public policy experts that improve outcomes for the children of African American non-custodial fathers by connecting fathers to resources and services and creating a community of support. In 2015, FFHC became an affiliate of Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, thereby expanding the depth and breadth of services for fathers, particularly in the area of employment and job training.

Urban Prep Academies

Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most of Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and are behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.

After School Matters®

After School Matters is a non-profit organization providing life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. Teens are at the core of everything After School Matters does and are the reason it exists — from the more than 200,000 reached since our beginnings, to the many more the organization must reach in the future.

CONNECTICUT

Cardinal Shehan Center

The Cardinal Shehan Center is a non-profit organization located in Bridgeport, CT. For 53 years the Center has served the recreational, educational and social needs of moderate and low-income families and young people of lower Fairfield County, particularly inner city Bridgeport. Their mission is enriching lives through learning by offering an after school and Saturday youth development programs, summer day camps, various basketball leagues, sign-up programs, and physical education classes to grammar schools and alternative education programs. The Center commits itself to offering a clean, safe environment where positive, growth-enhancing opportunities are offered, regardless of race or religious affiliation.

COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc.

Compass is a non-profit, 501(c)3, youth-development organization whose mission is to raise expectations, inspire lives and build peace in their community. They implement violence prevention and after school programs and serve as resource coordinators to support the four schools they partner with: Asian Studies Academy, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and Naylor Leadership Academy.


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