Patriots Player Social Justice Fund Distributes $560,000 to 11 Local Organizations

Visible Hands Accelerator Fund is a Boston-based pre-seed accelerator and investment fund that invests in America’s most talented BIPOCs and women to help them build transformational technology companies.

Women and founders of color often don’t have access to capital and social networks to get their businesses off the ground. An analysis of the top 100 US venture capital firms between 2018 and 2019 found that only 10.7% of their funding went to female founders, of which a very small percentage were women of color. White entrepreneurs dominated, capturing 71.6% of funding, followed by Asian founders at 25.2%, Black founders at 1.7%, and Latinx founders at 1.3%.

Phase I of Visible Hands’ approach is a pre-idea accelerator – a 3-month program where participants are supported to turn their ideas into businesses. Participants receive a $25,000 stipend, mentorship, networking and other resources.

Artists for Humanity offers disadvantaged teenagers the keys to autonomy through gainful employment in art and design. AFH is founded on the philosophy that engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change and that creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people.

Bridging economic, racial and social divides, AFH enriches urban communities by bringing the creativity of young people into the business world. AFH provides teens with paid employment, opportunities to create art and design solutions, intensive mentorship, an introduction to exciting career opportunities, experiential arts and STEM learning, and a fun and productive haven after school. school.

Work on femininity (WOW) is the companion program to Becoming A Man (BAM), both run by Youth Guidance.

WOW is a year-long group counseling and clinical mentoring program. WOW works to improve the social-emotional skills of girls in grades 7-12 exposed to traumatic stressors in high-risk and under-resourced communities.

Using a trauma-informed approach, WOW targets young women with significant risk factors for dropping out or delinquency, such as teenage pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm, gang membership, fighting, academic failure and disciplinary dismissals. Participants are identified through recommendations from teachers, school administrators and parents.

Downtown Weightlifting has become a community and support network as well as a source of education, job training and personal training employment for incarcerated and/or gang-related youth. ICW started with four students and has grown to serve hundreds.

ICW’s unique solution to the national problem of gang-related violence focuses on working with youth characterized as the population most at risk for violence. ICW’s goal is to empower its students and give them the connections and tools to say no to violence and yes to opportunity.

Once in the gym, ICW students strive to earn GEDs, personal training certifications, and make positive connections.

Additional donations were made to:

New England Innocence Project fights to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and combats injustice within the criminal justice system for innocent people imprisoned for a crime they did not commit in all six New England states. NEIP offers free forensic testing, investigations, experts and an experienced legal team to exonerate the innocent and bring them home to their loved ones. He also uses his expertise in wrongful convictions to provide education and advocate for legislative and judicial reform.

Posse Foundation works with students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students – a Posse – carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. The main objective of Posse is to train these leaders of tomorrow.

Posse has three goals: to expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit exceptional young leaders from diverse backgrounds; help these institutions create more interactive campus environments so that they are more welcoming to people from all walks of life; to ensure that Posse Scholars persist in college and graduate so that they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.

Until the year! was founded in Boston and is now nationwide. Year Up’s mission is to bridge the “opportunity gap” by ensuring young adults gain the skills, experience and support that will allow them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. .

The organization ensures equitable access to economic opportunity, education and justice for young adults, regardless of background, income or zip code.

Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. This creates an “opportunity gap”. Until the year! fills this gap by providing targeted job training and links to decent paid employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and change the systems that create the gap.

Disconnected civic education gives Gen Z leaders the training, funding, and network they need to build a better future for humanity. CU trains young leaders to create better systems to change important issues in the world and to drive real policy change.

Twice a year, CU funds a scholarship program that trains 500 high school leaders from around the world to become civic innovators. Fellowship graduates then join an alumni community that provides lifelong opportunities for specialized training, funding, internship and work opportunities, and mentorship to pursue their civic aspirations.

future cooks prepares teens for a successful life and job after high school. The teenagers work in the Future Chefs kitchen (a storefront in Dorchester) and use the training they receive there as the basis for a wide range of academic and professional careers.

Future Chefs believes the life skills and knife skills learned in the kitchen can be meaningfully applied in all avenues of life.

The food projectThe mission of is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a more just and sustainable food system.

The Community Food Project empowers and equips young leaders, grows and distributes fresh, healthy and affordable food in the city and suburbs, and inspires and supports others to create change in their communities.

Each year, The Food Project hires 120 teens, grows 200,000 pounds of food, and donates more than 180,000 servings of fresh produce to hunger relief organizations in Eastern Massachusetts.

Over the past few years, players have supported the following organizations:

2018-2020 Players Fund recipients:

  • ACLU of MA (civil rights)
  • BECMA (support for black-owned businesses)
  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (roaming)
  • Boston without corner (education/jobs/overall support for people in gangs)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters (homeless youth)
  • Codman Square Community Health Center (community health care)
  • Commonwealth cuisine (resources/support for minority-owned food businesses)
  • spoonfuls of love (fight against food waste and food insecurity)
  • MBK617 (youth empowerment)
  • minds matter (mentoring for young people attending university)
  • New Commonwealth Fund (support for Black-lead associations)
  • Posse Foundation (scholarships and support)
  • ROCA (reintegration assistance for formerly incarcerated persons)
  • At Rosie’s (support for poor women)
  • The ELISHA project (fight against food insecurity)
  • United Settlements of the South (support for low-income families in the South End, Boston)
  • UTEC (education/jobs/overall support for people involved in the system)
  • We belong (youth empowerment – ​​linking police and communities)

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