DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN AWARDS 10 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE FUND GRANTS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2015

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CONTACT:

 

Alex Bastian, (415) 553-1931

 

Maxwell Szabo, (415) 553-9089

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN AWARDS 10 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE FUND GRANTS

 

All grants benefit projects dedicated to improving security, community engagement, bullying prevention and education, and youth development activities 

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón awarded Neighborhood Fund grants to 10 community organizations for their San Francisco-based projects which presented goals of improving the safety and viability of the city’s communities.

 

“We were inspired by the thoughtfulness, creativity and commitment to public safety that was at the heart of each of these proposals,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Improving the safety of our communities begins with engagement by its residents, and these grants support that engagement.”

Grant proposals were asked to focus on improving security in the community, community mobilization events, bullying prevention and education efforts, and youth development activities. Funding for the grants came from funds collected as a result of Neighborhood Court directives. These funds were held by the District Attorney’s Office for the sole purpose of disbursement through nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization grants.

 

To be considered, projects must have been located in San Francisco, have demonstrated a long-term benefit for the district, be accompanied by a time-bound schedule, have the ability to enhance the livability of the district, and be within the demonstrated capacity of the applying organizations. Project proposals were reviewed by a panel for technical compliance and chosen based on recommendations and the diversity of districts represented. Grants awarded during the 2015 disbursement were required to be completed between July 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015. 

Grants were awarded for the following projects:

Organization: Bayview Association for Youth
Project: Brothers Don’t Bully – anti-bullying education and training for 75 young men.
Neighborhoods served: Bayview, Park, and Mission

Organization: Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
Project: Bullying and Violence Prevention Program – education program to address bullying, conflict avoidance, and teen rape/domestic violence prevention.
Neighborhoods served: Bayview

Organization: Community Youth Center San Francisco
Project: Racial and Cultural Harmony – promote multicultural exchange and education between youths of Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, and African American communities.
Neighborhoods served: Central and Bayview

Organization: Portola and Excelsior Family Connections
Project: Bullying Prevention and Education – series of anti-bullying workshops with K-5 children and parents/caregivers.
Neighborhoods served: Bayview

Organization: Donaldina Cameron House
Project: Building Security – security cameras and flood lights.
Neighborhoods served: Central

Organization: Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE)
Project: Child Safety Seat Education Project – educate low income families on child security and safety in vehicles, and car seat giveaway.
Neighborhoods served: Citywide

Organization: Booker T. Washington Community Service Center
Project: Summer Activities for Youth – provide learning activities, field trips, literacy camp for subsidized families and youth.
Neighborhoods served: Park

Organization: SHERO: Super, Health, Education, Recreation, and Opportunity. (Fiscal Sponsor: African American Art & Culture Complex)
Project: Scholar Wrestling SHERO Initiative – teaching elementary school youth conflict-resolution strategies through physical health and mathematics.
Neighborhoods served: Park

Organization: United Playaz
Project: Halloween Carnival – haunted house, games, and food for youth and children.
Neighborhoods served: SoMA

Organization: Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH – Tides Center)
Project: Winsor Façade Improvement Project – upgrade lighting and refresh sidewalk garden at supportive housing complex.
Neighborhoods served: Tenderloin

Our special thanks go out to the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA, which agreed to host the ceremony on its site at 11 a.m.

 

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