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Winter 2018 N2N Grantees

Quarterly Neighbor to Neighbor grants work to build power and influence at the grassroots level

March 01, 2018

Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program supports grassroots efforts in South Seattle, White Center and Kent that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.

Each quarter, guided by a dedicated group of partners and community representatives, N2N awards funding of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations working to achieve greater equity in these communities. This amount reflects an increase from previous years when the maximum was $5,000.

Here are the nine winter 2018 grantees and their planned projects:

Aganu’u Fa’aSamoa will focus on organizing Samoan and Polynesian youth from White Center-area schools around issues of cultural preservation, language skills and community building in order to develop youth leadership for positive change.

Eat With Muslims plans to engage young Muslim high schools students in Kent around issues of race, religion and multiculturalism by producing plays and monologues to share with the wider community.

Eritrean Community in Seattle and Vicinity seeks to convene immigrants’ rights workshops for Eritreans, African immigrants and other newcomers to address anti-immigrant policies, increase civic engagement and engage in other advocacy work impacting low-income immigrants and refugees in South Seattle.

First Five Years & Beyond plans to bring together leaders of eight Liberian community-based organizations in Kent to build relationships and identify shared community needs and issues.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Seattle will focus on increasing the ability of immigrant and refugee restaurant workers to advocate for fair, safe and healthy working conditions by recruiting Spanish-speaking workers and developing new partnerships with organizations in South Seattle and White Center. 

The Service Board will use its grant to increase participation of youth of color in social justice civic engagement, service learning and outdoor adventure projects at Kent, South Seattle and White Center high schools.

UTOPIA (United Territories of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance) Seattle plans to produce a series of dialogues for the regional LGBTQ Pacific Islander community to discuss issues such as climate change, gender identities and economic and political issues, that strengthen their members and bridge gaps with the wider community in Kent.

World Mind Creation Academy will support the Young Community Builders (YCB), a youth-driven program to increase mentoring, community building and develop positive identity for and leadership of low-income refugee and immigrant youth in South Seattle.

Youth Empowered Youth Immigrants will support youth leadership by facilitating a music production project in South Seattle that brings together African and African American students and eases cultural tensions.


Learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor and the Center for Community Partnerships.



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