This Week with Change - February 15, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News
This week, one of the Rosenberg Foundation’s 2019 - 2021 Leading Edge Fund fellows, Ramla Sahid, was featured for her work to “help develop immigrants into effective advocates who can bring change to their communities”. Ramla is the founder of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) and is one of the nine fellows receiving a $250,000 Leading Edge Fund grant over three years to build the power and leadership of newcomer families.

In light of the anniversary of the tragedy in Parkland last year, a Woodlake organizer, Gina Gonzalez, shares her story of how she continues to work to make students feel safe at school and fight for real systemic change. She was one of 500 youth leaders who, as part of Power California, a statewide youth civic engagement network, called, texted and knocked on doors to remind her peers that “voting builds real political power”, pre-registering 25,000 new young voters throughout the state.

In Case You Missed It
In honor of next week’s MBK Rising! event, we want to lift up the work that was recognized in Richmond by the Obama Foundation to “measurably improve the lives of boys and young men of color”. The $50,000 grant will support the work of RYSE, The Hidden Genius Project’s Richmond Cohort and the Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) for a variety of youth development programs.

Up Next
Next week, members of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color will be amongst hundreds of community leaders, advocates and policy makers joining the Obama Foundation at MBK Rising! event in Oakland. You can tune in to the event on the livestream to hear from MBK Communities, organizations committed to providing opportunity for boys and young men of color, elected officials, and cross- sector leaders to celebrate progress, spotlight what’s working and uplift youth voices. You’ll hear from President Obama himself, along with special guests such as Steph Curry, Rashad Robinson, Alicia Garza and Rev. Wanda Johnson. Follow the conversation at @MBK_Alliance and join in by using #MBKRising!, #WeAreMBK and #MBKCA.

On February 19, hundreds of crime survivors representing Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a national network of crime survivors, will convene at the Texas State Capitol in Austin to call for a new public safety agenda that makes communities safer and better meets the needs of crime victims. Among other things, these brave leaders are calling on legislators to amend state policies to better support survivors and their communities and reduce wasteful incarceration. When survivors speak, change happens!

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