2021 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the fourth annual Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA) grant program! In 2021, we distributed a total of $100,000 in grants among 12 nonprofit organizations, all of whom are committed to breaking down systemic barriers in their communities.

We chose to emphasize support for organizations by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), as we increasingly shift our focus to social and racial justice. Collectively, these organizations cover programs in theatre and arts, mental health, literacy, mentoring, disability advocacy, community development, and more.

2018 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA) grant program. Nearly $75,000 in grants were distributed among twelve non-profit organizations, all of whom are committed to fostering equity, justice, and inclusion within their communities.

Collectively, the organizations serve historically marginalized women and/or youth through programs centered on advocacy through the arts, socioeconomic empowerment, restorative justice, and educational equity.

Barbershop Books

Developed in Harlem in 2013, Barbershop Books has created child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provided early literacy training to barbers across America. They have leveraged the cultural significance of barbershops in Black communities to increase Black boys’ access to culturally relevant, age appropriate, and gender responsive children’s books.

ConTextos

ConTextos offers a platform for people to claim and share their own narratives to overcome trauma, violence, injustice, and inequity. At the core of their work is their innovative Authors Circle model—a facilitated process of reading, writing, critical dialogue, and structured critique culminating in the publication of personal narratives that are healing for Authors while engaging and inspiring for audiences.

Imara Roose

Imara Roose Inc. is a mentoring program for girls of color, by women of color. Imara Roose is designed to empower Black and brown girls with the knowledge, skills, and social capital to break through systemic barriers and change their trajectory. To Date, Imara Roose has impacted over 150 Black and brown girls and continues to strive to maximize their impact.

Inclusion NextWork

Inclusion NextWork is a collective impact network of emerging leaders and organizations committed to advancing how we activate IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice in our personal, professional, and civic lives. Given the renewed reckoning around racial justice and disparate impact of COVID19 on communities of color specifically and mental health generally, Millennial and GenZ IDEAS practitioners and advocates need spaces for community, care, healing, and solidarity now more than ever.

Karamu House

Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio, is the oldest producing Black theatre in the country with a mission to produce professional theatre, provide arts education, and present community programs for all people while honoring the Black experience. Founded in 1915 as part of the settlement house movement, Karamu has a commitment to inclusion and equity through the arts. Karamu has developed a virtual Social Justice Series that is both an artistic response and a vehicle for community conversation to celebrate, educate, and activate around issues of importance for the Black community.

LEAD Girls NC

LEAD Girls (Learning Everyday Accomplishing Dreams) is dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income/at-risk preteen girls must have to become productive citizens and active leaders in their communities. Using an evidence-based curriculum, LEAD encourages and mentors girls to aspire and achieve greatness academically, emotionally and creatively. They believe when you change a girl, you change a community and eventually change the world!

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church founded the Little Rock CDC (Community Development Corporation) to expand on the human services it has been performing for low-income students, individuals, and families through health, educational attainment, human welfare, and economic opportunities. Project Rise Up and Walk is an afterschool enrichment program to provide one-on-one assistance to children.

Living Classrooms Foundation

Living Classrooms provides access to more equitable education, workforce development, community safety, and health and wellness opportunities. They have collaborated with community members in Baltimore and Washington, DC to create diverse programs that are community-driven, research-based, and ultimately designed to disrupt the ecosystem of poverty that can be directly traced to historic and contemporary racial, social, and economic disparities.

¡Milwaukee Evaluation!

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc., calls out, resists, and undermines the institutional racism, sexism, and oppression inherent in the existing evaluation infrastructure across the state. Their work is grounded in the core belief that when social justice is intentionally and authentically infused into the evaluation process, society will become more equitable and just. They believe that when power is redistributed throughout the evaluation field, a new, intersectional evaluation workforce will emerge.

Proyecto Pastoral

Proyecto Pastoral is a multi-service, social justice, community-empowerment organization in Boyle Heights, the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles. Their mission is to empower the community through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. Together, along with community partner organizations, their work has contributed to increasing graduation rates in the Boyle Heights community, and has provided wraparound supports for students and their families who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Salt and Light Collaborative

Salt and Light Collaborative, Inc.’s mission is to build up people, build up communities, and back up faith-based organizations. They provide counseling, life coaching services, and community outreach and workshops. Their Black in Therapy program seeks to address the effects of race and racism on mental health and help people of color find healing and ways to cope. 

Special Needs Network

Since their launch in 2005, Special Needs Network has provided services and resources to more than 20,000 families, built a powerful coalition of 500+ parent advocates, and are often a lead organization on key disabilities legislation in California. One of their principal initiatives is the Parent Advocacy Mentor (PAM) program — a comprehensive training program teaching BIPOC parents and caregivers how to identify resources and navigate systems of care; find success with IEPs, regional centers, and other agencies; form support groups; be advocates for change; and more.

2018 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA) grant program. Nearly $75,000 in grants were distributed among twelve non-profit organizations, all of whom are committed to fostering equity, justice, and inclusion within their communities.

Collectively, the organizations serve historically marginalized women and/or youth through programs centered on advocacy through the arts, socioeconomic empowerment, restorative justice, and educational equity.

2021 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the fourth annual Live Inclusively® Actualized (LIA) grant program! In 2021, we distributed a total of $100,000 in grants among 12 nonprofit organizations, all of whom are committed to breaking down systemic barriers in their communities.

We chose to emphasize support for organizations by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), as we increasingly shift our focus to social and racial justice. Collectively, these organizations cover programs in theatre and arts, mental health, literacy, mentoring, disability advocacy, community development, and more.

Barbershop Books

Developed in Harlem in 2013, Barbershop Books has created child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provided early literacy training to barbers across America. They have leveraged the cultural significance of barbershops in Black communities to increase Black boys’ access to culturally relevant, age appropriate, and gender responsive children’s books.

ConTextos

ConTextos offers a platform for people to claim and share their own narratives to overcome trauma, violence, injustice, and inequity. At the core of their work is their innovative Authors Circle model—a facilitated process of reading, writing, critical dialogue, and structured critique culminating in the publication of personal narratives that are healing for Authors while engaging and inspiring for audiences.

Imara Roose

Imara Roose Inc. is a mentoring program for girls of color, by women of color. Imara Roose is designed to empower Black and brown girls with the knowledge, skills, and social capital to break through systemic barriers and change their trajectory. To Date, Imara Roose has impacted over 150 Black and brown girls and continues to strive to maximize their impact.

Inclusion NextWork

Inclusion NextWork is a collective impact network of emerging leaders and organizations committed to advancing how we activate IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice in our personal, professional, and civic lives. Given the renewed reckoning around racial justice and disparate impact of COVID19 on communities of color specifically and mental health generally, Millennial and GenZ IDEAS practitioners and advocates need spaces for community, care, healing, and solidarity now more than ever.

Karamu House

Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio, is the oldest producing Black theatre in the country with a mission to produce professional theatre, provide arts education, and present community programs for all people while honoring the Black experience. Founded in 1915 as part of the settlement house movement, Karamu has a commitment to inclusion and equity through the arts. Karamu has developed a virtual Social Justice Series that is both an artistic response and a vehicle for community conversation to celebrate, educate, and activate around issues of importance for the Black community.

LEAD Girls NC

LEAD Girls (Learning Everyday Accomplishing Dreams) is dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income/at-risk preteen girls must have to become productive citizens and active leaders in their communities. Using an evidence-based curriculum, LEAD encourages and mentors girls to aspire and achieve greatness academically, emotionally and creatively. They believe when you change a girl, you change a community and eventually change the world!

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church founded the Little Rock CDC (Community Development Corporation) to expand on the human services it has been performing for low-income students, individuals, and families through health, educational attainment, human welfare, and economic opportunities. Project Rise Up and Walk is an afterschool enrichment program to provide one-on-one assistance to children.

Living Classrooms Foundation

Living Classrooms provides access to more equitable education, workforce development, community safety, and health and wellness opportunities. They have collaborated with community members in Baltimore and Washington, DC to create diverse programs that are community-driven, research-based, and ultimately designed to disrupt the ecosystem of poverty that can be directly traced to historic and contemporary racial, social, and economic disparities.

¡Milwaukee Evaluation!

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc., calls out, resists, and undermines the institutional racism, sexism, and oppression inherent in the existing evaluation infrastructure across the state. Their work is grounded in the core belief that when social justice is intentionally and authentically infused into the evaluation process, society will become more equitable and just. They believe that when power is redistributed throughout the evaluation field, a new, intersectional evaluation workforce will emerge.

Proyecto Pastoral

Proyecto Pastoral is a multi-service, social justice, community-empowerment organization in Boyle Heights, the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles. Their mission is to empower the community through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. Together, along with community partner organizations, their work has contributed to increasing graduation rates in the Boyle Heights community, and has provided wraparound supports for students and their families who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Salt and Light Collaborative

Salt and Light Collaborative, Inc.’s mission is to build up people, build up communities, and back up faith-based organizations. They provide counseling, life coaching services, and community outreach and workshops. Their Black in Therapy program seeks to address the effects of race and racism on mental health and help people of color find healing and ways to cope.

Special Needs Network

Since their launch in 2005, Special Needs Network has provided services and resources to more than 20,000 families, built a powerful coalition of 500+ parent advocates, and are often a lead organization on key disabilities legislation in California. One of their principal initiatives is the Parent Advocacy Mentor (PAM) program — a comprehensive training program teaching BIPOC parents and caregivers how to identify resources and navigate systems of care; find success with IEPs, regional centers, and other agencies; form support groups; be advocates for change; and more.

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