If someone offered you $100,000 and two years to think deeply about how to solve a big problem, what problem would you tackle? As a recipient of the 2018 Stanton Fellowship, I have just that opportunity. For me, that big question is how we create a youth development system that gives our kids a chance to lead productive lives, and to be the brothers, the fathers, the friends, the leaders they were meant to be.
Save the Date for Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner on April 19 at The Beverly Hilton and stand with grassroots organizers and donor-activists who are leading the movement for social justice. Honorees include Congressman John Lewis and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch.
When Liberty Hill launched the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition in 2011, in partnership with The California Endowment and 12 grassroots community groups, there was a problem we could not ignore: L.A.’s boys and young men of color were in crisis.
For too many, school was a pathway to prison and not college. Graduation rates for our young men of color were significantly lower than their white counterparts. Unemployment was high and life expectancy was low.
When I share what we do in Brothers Sons Selves Coalition I can see hope in my friends and family. They believe that it is possible to make change because of my involvement.
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It was the kind of warm and sunny winter’s day that makes L.A. feel truly special. But for the donor activists and foundation partners attending Liberty Hill’s Queer Youth Power van tour, the day was about celebrating another side of Los Angeles: its powerful, and often pioneering, legacy as a launch pad for LGBTQ liberation.
The year 2016 was not without its struggles for Liberty Hill Foundation supported grassroots organizations, but it was also not without its victories. Here are ten advances from the past 12 months that make L.A. fairer, cleaner, more prosperous, more peaceful and in the face of adversity, stronger!
Liberty Hill’s Youth Vote Action canvassers, phone bankers and “banner droppers” mobilized in September and October at a half-dozen grassroots locations throughout L.A. County.
Some of these young community organizers voted for the first or second time. Some may never be eligible to vote but put in long hours because they care so deeply about protecting their families and communities. Many are girls and young women.