The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced a two-year, $100,000 grant to the YMCA of Metropolitan Birmingham to help expand its international children's initiative to branches in Jefferson and Shelby counties. The Y's fourth site was opened to serve Spanish-speaking children through its kindergarten readiness program, while two sites are scheduled to open in 2013.
The Arizona Community and Helios Education foundations have announced a grant of $500,000 to the National Center for Youth Law. Awarded through the Accio Education Fund, a venture capital charitable fund created by ACF and Helios to support the development and expansion of innovative education reform efforts for the benefit of Arizona students, the grant will help FosterEd establish research-based data-driven programs that improve educational outcomes for foster children in Arizona.
The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that, in partnership with the Women's Foundation of California, it participated in a public briefing to present and discuss the results of Falling Behind: The Impact of the Great Recession and the Budget Crisis on California's Women and Their Families (21 pages, PDF). Among other things, the report found that the economic downturn was the first in recent history in which women in the area experienced substantial job loss, with single women supporting families especially hard hit, while those women who remained employed saw the largest decline in their average work week in at least two decades.
The Denver-based Rose Community Foundation has named Jim Jonas as its vice president of communications and marketing. Jonas previously worked in a similar capacity for the University of Colorado Foundation.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced its fifth annual fellowship program, which aims to elevate the careers of emerging and experienced Chicago leaders and boost their influence in the area by investing in their professional development.
The New York Community Trust has announced grants totaling $874,000 to twelve projects that encourage teens to use digital media to further their creativity, interests, and learning. Awarded through the trust's Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, the grants include $50,000 to the Bank Street College of Education for Civil Rights Remix, a youth-produced multimedia exhibition that connects contemporary and historic civil rights events in New York City; $83,000 to City Lore to expand a project in which teen skateboarders record and share videos of skate culture in New York City; and $100,000 to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Media and Research to develop a series of video game design workshops at Hive Learning Network member sites and encourage youth to participate in the National STEM Video Game Competition.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant from its J.J. Keller Foundation Fund to Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh to help support children, teachers, and families in the community on the heels of the suicide deaths of two students who attended Merrill Middle School. Community for Hope is providing professional counselors for a teen support group and will support community-wide training sessions on suicide prevention during May and June.