Bay Area Inspire Awards: 2014 Grantees

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This year, we launched a new community initiative with a simple aim: to inspire innovative ideas for improving social equality and provide the financial support to help make these ideas a reality. The donors of the initiative believe in the power of young people to ignite change, and they wanted to give them the chance to make an impact in our community.

This initiative, called the Bay Area Inspire Awards, provided one-time cash awards of up to $10,000 to young people, ages 18-30, living and working in San Francisco or Alameda County. More than 75 local young people applied to implement a variety of community-oriented projects, and six ideas were chosen to come to fruition. Here are the winning ideas that have inspired us, and hopefully inspire you too:

AJ PhotoAJ Almaguer
Project: Community-Built Haunted House
Location: Hayward, CA

AJ’s project will provide young people, ages 13-18, with hands-on STEM experience by engineering exhibits that will culminate in a haunted house event for the community.


Chen photoKori Chen
Project: Expanding Employment for the Formerly Incarcerated
Location: Oakland, CA

Kori will conduct a 40-hour employment training program for 4-6 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents and will also conduct outreach to 25 San Quentin prisoners about potential  employment opportunities.


Paul Monge-Rodriguea PhotoPaul Monge-Rodriguez
Project: Focus Group Feasibility Study for SF Parent University Program
Location: San Francisco, CA

Using his award, Paul will conduct a feasibility study for a San Francisco Parent University. When implemented, the University will help caregivers become better-prepared advocates and partners in their  children’s education.


H. Murchison PhotoHolley Murchison
Project: Oratory Glory Youth Communication Workshops
Location: Oakland, CA

Holley will use the award to pilot a public speaking training program that will serve at-risk transitional age youth from select San Francisco and Alameda County schools. The program is designed to provide enrichment programs to help youth thrive as leaders.


Megan_Winkelman_PhotoMegan Winkelman
Project: Mental Health Services Maps
Location: Berkeley, CA

Megan will use her award to create online, mobile, and printed maps of Bay Area mental health services which include public transportation routes. These maps are designed to educate under-served populations that lack access to mental health.


Christian PhotoChristian Martinez
Project: Using Home Visits to Build Trusting Relationships Between Teachers, Students and Families
Location: Oakland, CA

Christian will use his award to organize teacher home visits to the families of 6th grade students at a middle school in Oakland as a way to build family-school trust and understanding.

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