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 Crossroads Fund for Youth Working on Social Justice in Chicago

 Crossroads Fund for Youth Working on Social Justice in Chicago

Crossroads Fund invites applications for Youth Fund for Social Change. The Youth Fund (YF) provides resources to youth working on social justice issues in their communities, including youth activists who want to change and challenge existing policies and/or organized structures that prevent their communities from achieving equality.

The Chicago-based Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on racial, social, and economic justice issues in the Chicago area.

Through the fund, grants between $3,000 and $15,000 will be awarded to support projects ranging from community, education and schools, health, environment, incarceration, media, racism, discrimination, voting, etc. Projects should be in the Chicago metropolitan area (city of Chicago and suburbs) and northwestern Indiana, which the fund defines as the area between the state border and Gary, Indiana.

Youth (up to 26 years old) with an existing project or a concrete new idea on achieving social change and youth organizations with youth-led projects that focus on social change issues may apply. Special funding is reserved for youth working together across neighborhoods, race, class, education, ability, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

  • Community: youth working to find solutions to overall issues of equality like access to education, healthcare, jobs and political power: working on alternatives to detention and incarceration.
  • Education and schools: youth organizing for: restorative justice programs in schools; representation on school boards; alternatives to military recruitment on campus; or programs that address sexual harassment, homophobia, gender, or ability stereotypes/oppression.
  • Health: youth organizing to expand reproductive health and comprehensive sex education.
  • Environment: youth organizing around: lead clean up in their community; environmental pollution; or access to cleaner and better transit.
  • Violence: youth working on: alternatives to the criminal justice system; peer to peer intervention; pursuit of strategies to reduce police harassment of youth; strategies to improve public safety in your neighborhood.
  • Media: youth holding corporate media accountable by demanding that the public airwaves promote justice and peace rather than hate, violence and war.
  • Open to organizations, groups, and coalitions
  • Organizations with budgets less than $1,000,000
  • Meet Crossroads Fund’s Funding Criteria
  • Youth (age limit is up to 26 years old) with an existing project or a concrete new idea on achieving social change.
  • Youth Organizations that have youth-lead projects that focus on social change issues. Youth must serve as decision-makers in creating and carrying out the project.
  • Special Funding is reserved for youth working together across neighborhoods, race, class, education, ability, sexual orientation, gender, etc. This could take the form of working together on a project or having joint workshops, trainings etc.

Click here to Apply.

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