Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest

Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest

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January 2023 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest

Congratulations to the four lucky finalists for the January 2023 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest!  Read about each nonprofit and vote for your favorite to win the $7,500 YOU Grant from the Lakers Youth Foundation. You can only vote once…so choose wisely!

Voting Period: 2:00 p.m. PT on January 19, 2023 until 10:00 a.m. PT on January 31, 2023

Winner Announcement: January 31, 2023

Official Contest

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Black Girl Film School

Mission Statement:
The mission of Black Girl Film School is to increase the number of Black women working and leading in the film, tv, animation, and media industries by designing inclusive learning experiences for girls 13-17 to learn filmmaking and technical skills from behind the camera.

Funding Project:
BGFS offers online film production programs and college mentorship to underserved schools and communities seeking to advance their female students' education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts) abilities. Our programs foster the development of twenty-first-century STEAM skills in multimedia authorship, critical thinking, digital literacy, and technological decision-making so that students can confidently demonstrate technical filmmaking skills in their work and collaboration spaces. BGFS Camera Foundations Lab, one of our foundational programs, is an immersive introduction to the anatomy and operations of professional cinema camera systems as part of introducing students to film production and the professional roles available to them behind the camera. We request funds to serve more girls while increasing our footprint in the Los Angeles production community as a sustainable path toward equity efforts across the diverse media landscape.

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Project Access

Mission Statement:
Project Access is the leading provider of vital on-site health, education, and employment services to families, children, and seniors living in affordable housing communities.

Funding Project:
Project Access Resource Centers provides onsite computer labs for residents living in low-income communities. Access to free internet and printing services are critical to our residents who use the computer lab for a variety of reasons: adults to search and apply for jobs, youth to complete homework assignments and participate in STEM activities, and seniors to stay connected and engaged. Funding would allow us to replace older/broken computers at our Resource Centers.

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OLASTEO

Mission Statement:
OLASTEO stands for our lives as seen through each other. Our mission is to create experiences that empower students to serve as catalysts for social impact. We do this by curating immersive, premium field trips for underserved high school students, exposing them to a broad range of perspectives and possibilities. With expanded mindsets, OLASTEO alums are better prepared to take on the world and give back to their communities.

Funding Project:
The Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant will support our upcoming Freedom Trail National Excursion to Atlanta, Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, exposing 20 Los Angeles high school students from the communities of Boyle Heights, Compton, Crenshaw, Watts, and Palmdale/Lancaster, to the American South, our nation's history of enslavement, and the Civil Rights movement. This week-long trip includes city, landmark, and museum tours, college campus visits, exposure to new foods (foodie eating), and a lot of fun and friendship-making. In addition, our students meet and spend several hours with Civil Rights icons throughout our time together. The Freedom Trail National Excursion is a transformational educational experience, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in the continued fight for equality and equity for all.

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SoLa I CAN Foundation

Mission Statement:
The SoLa I CAN Foundation is built on a simple premise: If you can see it, you can be it. SoLa I CAN works to end intergenerational poverty in South Los Angeles through community development and creating new access to economic and educational opportunity.

Funding Project:
The SoLa I CAN Foundation is seeking support for its SoLa Technology and Entrepreneurship Center. The first-of-its-kind in Los Angeles, the center works to train and inspire the next generation of Black and brown technology professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders from South LA - the largest tech access desert in LA County. Support from the Lakers Youth Foundation would go directly to supporting the cost of student enrollment and materials in the center’s four career pathways: 1) Technology; 2) Entrepreneurship; 3) Arts, Media and Entertainment; 4) Esports, Video Game Design and Production. 2022 was the center's first year of operation with 1,100 students served. This support would help the center reach its goal of serving 2,500 students in 2023.

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