On December 8th, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) will commemorate our 18th anniversary. In recognition, we are celebrating the importance of supporting Black LGBTQ+ children, youth, and young adults by making an investment in organizations that provide the support our youth need to thrive. Below are the organizations we have provided microgrants to and encourage you to learn more about and consider investing as well.
Black Youth-Focused Recipients:
- Abolitionist Teaching Network– develops and supports those in the struggle for educational liberation by utilizing Abolitionists’ intellectual work and direct action in many forms.
- The Attic Youth Center– creates opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth in society.
- Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)– is a national, member-based organization for Black activists and organizers dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people; focused on building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens.
- BreakOut!– seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQIA+ youth to build a more just New Orleans. Works to end discriminatory policing practices and address “feeders” into the criminal justice system, such as LGBTQ+ youth homelessness.
- Fierce NYC– engages LGBTQ+ youth of color in community organizing in response to unjust social issues primarily impacting their communities, including some of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City, to actively direct their social change agendas. Fierce NYC also provides ongoing and progressive skills-based and leadership training and mentorship opportunities.
- GSAFE– creates safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin through leadership development, Gay-Straight Alliances, training educators, advancing educational justice, and deepening racial, social, and LGBTQ+ justice.
- House of Tulip– raises funds to buy and restore a multi-family property in an area of New Orleans that’s accessible to health care and employment opportunities.
- Jasmyn– supports and empowers LGBTQ+ youth by creating a safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, all while bringing people & resources together to promote equality and human rights.
- Lost-n-Found Youth– has a mission to end homelessness for all LGBTQ+ youth by providing them with the skills and support needed to live independently. It envisions a world where all youth feel safe and supported to live and love authentically.
- Mijente– is a political home for Latinx and Chicanx people seeking racial, economic, gender, and climate justice that helps people through campaigns, connects people across a vast network and serves as a hub for culture, learning, and advocacy.
- Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network– is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color. The network envision’s a world where all people have access to healing resources rooted in social justice and liberation to recover from trauma, violence, and systemic oppression.
- Ruth Ellis Center– provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, or experiencing barriers to health and mental health issues. Creates opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.
- SNaP Co (Solutions Not Punishment Coalition)- builds safety within their community, invests in their collective embodied leadership, and builds political power. SNaP Co Eevisions a vibrant, radically inclusive metro Atlanta where all people are safe and free and have the opportunity to live and thrive as their authentic selves.
- TransCenter for Youth– operates in small high schools by offering culturally appropriate school services and creating inclusive teaching/learning methods that serve as education models for other schools.
- TransTech– is an incubator for LGBTQ+ Talent focused on economically empowering transgender people. At TransTech, they learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ+ communities.
- Wordplay Cincy– creates spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring, and sharing their voices. The WordPlay community nurtures young participants from all backgrounds through personal discovery and academic skill-building programs with reading, writing, and storytelling at their core.
- Youth Oasis– supports youth and young adults recovering from the trauma of homelessness and family separation through housing, healthcare, and advocacy.
- YWCA Madison– is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity. The YMCA Madison creates an inclusive community through race and gender equity; improves financial situations through job training and transportation; supports people in housing and shelters, and offers school and community restorative justice programming.
HBCU LGBTQ Student Group Recipients:
- Howard University Cascade– celebrates, uplifts, and advocates for all LGBTQ+ students on the Howard campus. Cascade is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations on an HBCU campus and works to set the tone on a national level for how Black queer people should be treated.
- Spelman Afrekete– offers safe, creative, and liberating spaces forLGBTQIA+ students and their allies. Provides programming that creates spaces for queer students to build community, engage in critical dialogues, and network with outside organizations that are committed to the same mission of a world free of oppression and injustice.
- University of the District of Columbia’s The Alliance Group (TAG)– transforms the culture, perceptions, and experiences of LGBTQ+ students at UCD.
- Wilberforce University Division of Student Engagement and Success– offers students dynamic opportunities to engage in activities, programs, services, and learning while at school, which helps enhance students’ discovery of their purpose, strengthens their skills, and inspires success at school and beyond.
- Wiley College– recognizes the hardships Black LGBTQ+/SGL students endure due to family rejection and prejudice and seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive campus community.