BCF is proud to announce this year’s Youth Development Grant recipients! Combined, BCF has awarded $111,750 to the following organizations.

  • Brookline Arts Center to expand and deepen the impact of their community outreach program, ARTreach, that provides free in-person art classes for children from families living on low income.
  • Brookline Early Education Program to provide scholarships for income eligible families to attend their summer enrichment program.
  • Brookline Food Pantry to support Brookline Thrives, a free weekend food program for students in the Public Schools of Brookline.
  • Brookline High School’s ExCEL Program to create a kitchen within their newly renovated space at Brookline High School which will address two goals: fighting food insecurity and empowering youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to be self-reliant when it comes to meal preparation.
  • Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) to support the Arts2Work Youth Media Training Program designed to usher young people into media arts-related career pathways.
  • Brookline Recreation Department to provide Summer Camp programs to fill summer programmatic gaps for local families, particularly for families living on low income.
  • Brookline Robotics Initiative to fund 6 Robot-In-A Box kits to expand robotics engagement and training across Brookline.
  • Brookline Teen Center to expand the 2022 Summer Internship program in response to a growing need for teens to gain financial resources due to the pandemic.
  • Family ACCESS for the delivery of child assault prevention education in Brookline elementary schools, including training current Brookline volunteers to present via Zoom and enhanced recruitment of new volunteers.
  • LEAP Self-Defense (dba Girls’ LEAP) to deliver the Lifetime Empowerment Awareness Program (LEAP) free of charge to 15-20 middle or high school girls and gender expansive youth.
  • Organized Youth to reach 60 additional students in Brookline through their social entrepreneurial workshops.
  • Steps to Success, Inc. to engage its 3rd – 8th graders in summer experiences to limit summer learning loss and participate in meaningful summer activities, through a range of activities designed for these age groups.
  • VOICES Boston to provide an outstanding arts education and performance opportunities to all students, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees! Thank you for your commitment to supporting Brookline youth and their families, and thank you to the entire Brookline community for your tireless efforts to create a better Brookline for all.