By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – Youth in Action and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Rhode Island have been named the first recipients of grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative a permanent endowment at the Rhode Island Foundation.
BPI, established by the Foundation and a group of community leaders in 2009, is focused on improving the lives of Black Rhode Island families.
“The Black Philanthropy Initiative focuses on long-term solutions to challenges facing the Black community in our state. These inaugural grants supporting programs in financial literacy and job training will help empower participants by giving them the knowledge they need to learn, grow, improve their lives, and in doing so, improve Rhode Island,” said Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, in a statement.
Youth in Action, a partnership between youth, adults, and community that centers on young people as the catalyst for positive social change, will use its $15,000 award to extend the content and reach of its youth development and job training initiative, Project Success.
The Rhode Island chapter of NCBW, which is dedicated, as is the national organization, to the development of Black women and their families in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment, will use its $9,978 grant to support a series of six day-long financial literacy workshops.