This Week with Change - August 21, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Coming Up

The 6th Annual Gameheads Student Showcase is coming up and this year, they are taking the celebration of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry online. We are so excited to see how the event has grown over the years and to hear about the games that #GameheadsLIVE students created, designed and developed over the summer program. RSVP today to get a link to watch the live stream on August 29:

Client News

In the 26 years since its founding, Young Women’s Freedom Center has built a groundswell of directly impacted women, girls, transgender and gendernonconforming people -- far too many of which have been victims of physical and sexual assault -- leaders with the experience, skills and passion to identify and advocate for alternatives to incarceration. Read more about Young Women’s Freedom Center’s unique approach and impact in this piece for News21’s new series on youth incarceration, Kids Imprisoned

For 10 years, Michael Muscadine has inspired other young men and boys of color in his community in Fruitvale through his work with Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, working directly with systems and justice impacted young folks to assure that they have resources they need to thrive. Hear more about Michael’s story on KQED’s Rightnowish or in Michael’s story for the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color Here to Lead storytelling campaign. 

A poll released earlier this month from Power California and Latino Decisions shows that nearly half of young Californians of color have been hit extremely hard by the pandemic, with nearly 1 out of 2 saying they have had trouble buying necessities like food, household supplies or medicine. It also shows that the vast majority of young people polled believe the 2020 elections are more important than past ones, and that they plan to vote. Telemundo 51. KCBS.

This week, Alliance for Girls Alliance for Girls announced a new initiative aimed at filling the data gap on the experiences and needs of girls in California, particularly girls of color and systems-impacted youth, amid COVID-19. When Girls Thrive brings together advocates, educators, policymakers and agency leaders to ensure that girls’ needs are met as California navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares for a post-COVID reality. The initiative includes a statewide survey of girls and gender-expansive youth as well as a complementary survey of girl-serving organizations and service providers that will reach 1,500 girls, young women and gender-expansive youth by the fall.

Congratulations to Akonadi Foundation on this exciting new addition to your team! Cecilia Chen began her tenure earlier this month as the foundations’ first first Chief Strategy Officer to further its mission of supporting movements to end the criminalization of Black youth and youth of color in Oakland. San Francisco Business Times

A 15-minute call for a juvenile locked up in an Alameda County jail costs $12.75, amounting to $382.50 a month for a daily phone call to family or loved ones. New research from the Young Women’s Freedom Center, Children’s Defense Fund-California and San Francisco Financial Justice Project sheds light on how California jails and juvenile lockups profit from incarcerated people and their families. East Bay Times

“Girls and gender-expansive youth of color live at the intersections of sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression. My charge is to do all I can to help realize Grantmakers for Girls of Color's vision of mobilizing philanthropic resources so that Black girls and other girls and gender-expansive youth of color achieve equity and justice in this critical moment in our history.” Philanthropy News Digest recently spoke with Dr. Monique Morris, executive director of G4GC, about her vision for the organization as its first executive director, COVID-19, and what this moment in the movement for racial justice means for philanthropy in their 5 Questions feature

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund recently released the final report from a nine-year project aimed at increasing giving by LGBTQ people to LGBTQ nonprofits. The data yield valuable - and surprising - findings, underscores the pervasive capacity and staff turnover challenges facing most non-profits, and candidly admits missteps made along the way by those in charge of the effort. Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Thanks in part to fierce, dedicated and smart organizing by members of the Free Our Kids Coalition, including Urban Peace Movement, Alameda County has cancelled plans to renovate Camp Sweeney youth detention facility in San Leandro. The 100 bed facility houses, on average, just 14-15 young people per day. East Bay Times

Sacramento Bee’s opinion editor recently joined United Front, an unprecedented coalition of community organizations, labor, policy advocates, academics, and philanthropy leaders representing millions Californians of every race, religion, and region of the state, in denouncing Governor Newsom’s response to the multiple existential crises that face Californians. Sacramento Bee

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