TPF 2020 GRANTEES

TPF awarded $45,000 to 11 Connecticut-based Black non-profits.

The year 2020 was filled with obstacles that prohibited TPF from holding two of our main events; however, with funding from the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund, TPF was still able to make an impact in Connecticut’s Black Communities through the annual grant give the program. Through the TPF website, email listserve, social media, and a series of webinars, organizations have been able to find news about our organization and connect with us to collaborate our common interests.

Project Overcome

Focus:

EDUCATION

Fairfield County

Project Overcome, Inc. (POI) improves the lives of Black families in and around Fairfield, New Haven, and Hartford Counties. In particular, the Homework Program provides academic assistance and life skills to inner-city youth. This year, POI is planning to host student career exploration days to highlight various professions in which children could choose to work. Grant money awarded to POI would be allocated to this project with the goal of being able to bring in speakers and activities related to learning about careers and basic finance. POI’s Homework Program serves students in several Fairfield County schools, including Northeast Elementary School, Roxbury Elementary School, Westover Elementary School Rogers Elementary School, Cloonan Middle School, and Rippowam Middle School. Currently, 100% of the students are from single-parent households. Because single parents face a greater financial burden than two-parent households, POI’s low-cost programming gives single parents some financial relief. For the 2019-2020 school year, 100% of the students who participate in the program are girls. 

Interruptions Disrupting

the Silence, LLC

Focus:

HEALTH

Hartford County

The current programs and services provided by Interruptions, LLC. include virtual performance/educational, advocacy, virtual presentations, and upcoming conferences to raise awareness of the effects of urban and generational trauma. These initiatives assist the leadership team with reaching and sustaining the organization’s mission. While Interruptions, LLC. is a grassroots organization, we have a wide reach and are strategically connected to the community which includes our partnerships with community organizations that create systems of mental health care. Since the explosion of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities are experiencing “compounded trauma,” which can be described as another layer of stressors impacting mental wellbeing. The frequent occurrence of gun violence continues to add similar layers of stressors in an already strained environment. Our belief is, to change the trajectory of urban communities and to reduce inequities, we must engage in the collective work of addressing structural racism and unfair systems and policies that perpetuate these injustices in Black and Brown communities. 

 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New Haven (NFTENH)

Focus:

ECONOMICS

New Haven County

NFTE New Haven Youth Entrepreneurship (NFTE NH) Program seeks to instill an entrepreneurial mindset with students in New Haven Public High Schools. The purpose of this grant is to continue the support of the NFTE NH and its 8 teachers, 11 classrooms, 5 schools, and approximately 150 students. event. We are a local program listed under the National NY program – www.nfte.com. Each student is also required to develop a business concept, write a business plan and present their plan to a panel of judges consisting of local business owners, business judges, and community leaders in a classroom competition, school-wide (schools with multiple classes), Citywide and regional competition. The top two winners participate in the NFTE National Business Plan 

New Haven County Chapter, Links, Inc.

Focus:

ECONOMICS

New Haven County

The New Haven (CT) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (New Haven Links) formed a COVID-19 Response Committee with the specific goal of addressing the needs of the African American population in under-served inner city New Haven. To date we have raised more than $36,000 in donations. By using these funds, we have distributed masks and provided food assistance to families with children in the New Haven Public School System, residents of elderly housing facilities, families of children in foster care, workers and clients of food pantries, and families is need. The expected impact of our work is to reduce the devastation that COVID-19 is having on New Haven communities of color, especially under-served communities of color. We are committed to making a difference in these communities by the work we are doing. 

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc.

Focus:

EDUCATION

Hartford County

This funding provides an opportunity for QANC to provide important educational resources to our young people. In response to COVID 19 and racial unrest, a program enhancement is proposed. In the QANC foundation model, enhanced programming would include providing life skills/empowerment education focused on the greater New Britain African American Community. This program would arm young people with the skills necessary to impact real change on a local level to strengthen community involvement and engagement. Prosperity funds would support virtual learning, purchase equipment, technology to pay for professional editing, and guest speakers who are content experts. QANC leadership is currently developing a series called Action Ready Citizen (ARC) designed to empower adolescents and young adults in the African American community.

 

The hord foundation, inc

Focus:

EDUCATION

Fairfield County

 The Hord Foundation, Inc. is committed to scholar service for African American students. In our bi-annual College & Career program, we address the urgency of education. Twice a year, during the school year, the College & Career Fair promotes positive action that supports the wide educational access needs of students who attend schools in the Greater Danbury area. The purpose of the College & Career Fair is to provide students with opportunities to develop an appreciation for education and explore various careers by attending workshops and speaking to visiting professionals. We take responsibility for introducing students to high ethical educational standards by helping students connect early school performance to education, employment, and earnings…which can be life changing for some. During the 2020-2021 school year, we plan to provide the fall Fair virtually using the Zoom platform. The program will include post-secondary options, college access information, and career information. It is our plan that students will develop an understanding of how education relates to their future and have a broader perspective on post-secondary requirements for success. 

Telehealth Access for Seniors

Focus: ECONOMICS

New Haven County

COVID-19 adversely and disproportionately affects the Black community. Even in CT, where we often think that we are immune to racism, the data shows that there are over double the deaths per 100,000 people once age-adjusted. This is an incredible and unbearable justice due to so many issues. One of those issues is a lack of healthcare access. Black populations are not given adequate access to healthcare. As healthcare shifts online, we want to make sure that they have access to devices for that. Due to COVID-19, medical providers have made a rapid shift to a TeleHealth model. The highest risk patient population is elderly, yet many elderly patients do not have smart devices/tablets enabled for video-calling. Over ½ of seniors have 3 or more chronic conditions, meaning having reliable and safe access to healthcare is essential to managing their health during the time of COVID-19. Our goal is to provide equitable and easy access to vital medical care to ensure that income and age are not barriers to health; this ensures that seniors do not have to leave the safety of their homes and are able to manage their care. We help these senior citizens and low-income families who lack the resources (smart devices) and cannot connect with their physicians or family members virtually. To do so, we provide seniors and low-income communities with smart devices via their clinics so they can use the devices for TeleMedicine appointments, digital connectivity, and wellness tools. In addition to devices, we provide free guides and free tech support. We are conducting this work across 26 states with 300 volunteers.

Cook & Grow

Focus:

EDUCATION

Fairfield County

The goal of Cook and Grow’s Youth Culinary Leadership Program is to provide career exploration experiences in the fields of culinary arts and urban farming to youth ages 17-19. By offering access to no-cost culinary training, youth will learn about nutrition, gardening, budgeting while shopping, food and kitchen safety, and gain food preparation and presentation skills. A new aspect of the program this year is to promote leadership skills by training participants to serve as sous chefs and mentors to younger participants enrolled in the Junior Chef Program. 

Programming with this target audience includes practices that lead to personal growth, collaboration, and goal orientation under the mentorship of chefs in the field who prioritize youth and development. The program will use the organizational structure of the kitchen and local community gardens in developing the leadership capacity of youth, while learning the skills needed to enter the culinary field. We anticipate providing five scholarships to subsidize the cost of participation in the program so that youth may engage in the program at no cost. 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Focus:

EDUCATION

New Haven County

GRG Program provides services currently to New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, and Woodbridge areas. The Program is for the geographic areas mentioned as well as Ansonia, East Haven, Meriden, North Haven, Shelton, Bethany, Guilford, Milford, Orange, Wallingford, Branford, Oxford, Derby, Madison, North Branford, and Seymour. We are going into our 4th year of the program and have been successful in meeting the needs of each grand family through Support Services, Respite, and Supplemental Emergency Services. Our efforts are to continue providing the support needed in these 3 areas and improving the grand families' confidence that they are special and have support for their ongoing individual needs. 

 Kiyama Movement

Focus:

EDUCATION

New Haven County

Black males are the least likely among all demographics to participate in the electoral process at the local, state, and national levels. Black males in general simply do not vote. Additionally, individuals across all demographics are ill-equipped to successfully navigate the complexities of the electoral process. 

This initiative is designed to create “sophisticated” voters within the African American community who will be equipped with the basic knowledge and understanding to make intelligent choices regarding their political options. These options may include voting for candidates; voting on specific referendums; and understanding the overall electoral process and how the process impacts their everyday lives on the local, state, and national levels. 

Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC)

Focus:

HEALTH

Hartford County

The Prog KIEDC has worked for the people of the Greater New Haven Community through food programs, warm clothing, and toys for the kids during the holiday giving season. New Haven has a rich history in Connecticut, but separated into what seems to be the have and have nots. During this year alone, KIEDC has helped to provide food directly to the people of New Haven through the Farmers to Families program, jointly with city partners, Yale, McDonald's, and many other sponsors and supporters. 

With Prosperity's help, KIEDC will see that the community's need for food can be sustained, offsetting the cost associated with mentorship and youth entrepreneur training, and create a continual pipeline of businesses for the post COVID economy. The request will help to provide needed equipment, space rental, and tools to this end.