African Continuum Theatre Company, Washington, DC
African Continuum Theatre Company is the only professional African-American theatre company in Washington, DC. It was created in 1989 as a service organization to assist the various small black community theatres improve the quality and visibility of their work. African Continuum Theatre Company has presented over 34 fully-produced main-stage plays and seven world premieres, along with numerous public readings of new works by playwrights of color for over a decade.
First Generation College Bound, Prince George’s County, Maryland
For 21 years, First Generation College Bound (FGCB) has helped young people realize a dream that often seemed out of reach – to be the first in their families to get a college education. This unleashing of human potential has produced hundreds of college graduates, millions of dollars in added lifetime earnings and a brighter future for all. FGCB graduates have attended some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, and some have gone on to enter graduate programs, law school and dental school.
Germantown Hardknocks Youth Foundation, Montgomery County, Maryland
Germantown Hardknocks Youth Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides youth with alternatives to violence, gangs and drugs through basketball, recreation and positive youth development programs. The program helps to inspire and guide youth in the belief that they can act on their dreams, make a difference in their community and realize their potential, one step at a time. It also places priority on character development, volunteer service and career exploration.
Grants Total: $9,000
2012 Black History Month Grantees
Adventure Theatre Musical Theater Center (ATMTC), Montgomery County, MD
ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training. Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization in 2012. ATMTC serves students at all skill levels and families from diverse communities, approximately 75,000 people annually. The Black Benefactors grant provided support for Adventure Theatre’s African American Adventures, a series of children’s productions based on popular African-American books and music.
DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, Washington, DC
The D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation prepares District residents for success in careers, education and life. Since 2005, the Foundation has helped District students access career pathways in the skilled construction trades.
The foundation is a partner working with D.C. Public Schools and the D.C. Apprenticeship Council to support the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Senior High School and the District of Columbia Apprenticeship Academy. The Foundation strives to make skilled trades education and training accessible to residents of the District of Columbia. The Black Benefactors grant supported the organization’s wish list identified from the Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington.
Global Kids DC, Washington, DC
Global Kids (GK) is a premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development that works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. GK launched its Washington, D.C. program in collaboration with the District of Columbia Public School system to bring GK’s proven approach to teachers and students at Bell Multicultural High School and Friendship Collegiate Academy. The Black Benefactors grant supported the program’s 2012 Summer Gateways program.
Grants total: $2,500
2013 Black History Month Grantees
Access Youth, Inc., Washington, DC
Since it was founded in 2009, Access Youth has been the sole provider of juvenile justice victim-offender mediation in the District. Youth who complete mediation through ACCESS are diverted out of the criminal justice system, given access to resources, and, perhaps most importantly, the possibility for healing and positive transformation.
College Tribe, Washington, DC
A mentoring program that aims to increase the number of African American young men in the District of Columbia, specifically Ward 8, to graduate from high school, enter college and become successful.
DREAM Life Organization, Washington, DC
The organization provides mentorship and resources for young, single mothers in the DC area.
Grants total: $2,500