IGNITING ARTISTS (Summer 2012). Since 1988, Raw Art Works (RAW) has passionately pursued its mission to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed, using the power of the arts to transform young lives, one artist at a time.Read More
BREAKING THROUGH AND EXPANDING (Summer 2011). Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School was awarded a multi-year grant to help expand the High School Program Coordinator position in order to provide individualized support for 200 high school students.Read More
CREATING A DIVERSE PIPELINE OF TECH WORKERS (Winter 2018). Boston-area tech firms struggle to fill job openings. The tech workforce is largely homogenous with too few women and too few people of color.Read More
INVESTING IN JOB SKILLS INSTEAD OF JUVENILE DETENTION (Winter 2018). Philanthropy can play a major role in encouraging breakthrough social change, but breakthroughs often require a bit of risk.Read More
SUNNY DAYS AT WRITEBOSTON (Fall 2018). WriteBoston is a nonprofit organization with expertise in writing instruction. Boston International Newcomers Academy, known as BINcA, is a public high school that enrolls newly arrived immigrants who often need intensive support learning to speak, read and write English, all while taking high school courses. The Fund first met BINcA during the 2011 EdVestors review process, and in 2013 the Fund helped WriteBoston and BINcA join forces to boost BINcA students' writing skills with an on-site Writing Center staffed by volunteers trained and supervised by WriteBoston.New England Program Officer Megan Reilly visited BINcA and the Writing Center in fall 2016 and saw volunteers helping with a range of writing tasks, from college essays to research papers. All of the students and teachers Fund staff met shared their appreciation for the Writing Center volunteers. Successful partnerships between public schools and community organizations don't happen overnight; they require careful cultivation through staff time, a commitment to mutual respect, and often outside funding. WriteBoston and BINcA have invested in their partnership with a shared goal of helping the young people at BINcA develop the communication skills needed to succeed in an American high school and life after graduation. In the image, two BINcA students work on a writing assignment.
CLEAR SKIES FOR TEENWORKS (Fall 2018). TeenWorks is a primary summer youth employment program in Indianapolis that deploys the ABC approach -- A Job, Better Job, Career -- to integrate its programs into the economic and workforce development goals for Indiana employers. While TeenWorks is a current Clowes Fund grantee, the organization was first supported by the Fund through its Summer Youth Program Fund allocation to Youth Working for Indy. This collaborative funding effort introduced the Fund to TeenWorks' model of serving low income youth and opened the door for a direct grant. Current funding is being used to entice employers to become Corporate Worksite Partners and to provide TeenWorks youth with career-focused employment, skills development training and career exploration in high-demand, high-wage career sectors, and to ensure the capacity of TeenWorks staff to assess the personality, skills and career interests of participants. TeenWorks anticipates that after three years of philanthropic and government support, Corporate Worksite Partners will be fully integrated into the program and paying for 100% of hosted students' wages.
Clowes Fund staff visited two local TeenWorks worksites in July 2018: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis; and a home revitalization worksite in the Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood. Youth at the Children's Museum worked on various projects to beautify the grounds, while those at the revitalization removed old and damaged walls in preparation for remodeling. Staff observed camaraderie and support between the youth work teams and their supervisors. Youth spoke of how the team-building and conflict resolution skills learned over their summer experience will help them in their future employment.
These youth have the opportunity to develop lifelong personal and career success through the TeenWorks program. One such success story is of a youth who was assigned to work at Indy Urban Acres, a multi-disciplinary inner-city farm, as a TeenWorks employee. This youth went on to be hired by Indy Urban Acres as a farm hand and now owns his own farm in South Carolina.
In the image, youth employees prepare house for remodeling in Indianapolis' Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood.
COLLABORATIONS AT WORK (Summer 2017). When New England Program Officer Megan Reilly sits with nonprofit leaders working on behalf of immigrant advancement, two things are clear: vulnerable immigrants are scared, and the organizations that support them are stretched thin. The Clowes Fund works with like-minded funders to find ways to bolster these organizations.Read More
PARTNERS LIGHTING THE PATH (Summer 2017). Collaborative efforts provide many benefits to participating members, including opportunities to raise awareness and to encourage unified community effort.Read More
FOSTERING A LEGACY OF IMPACT (Winter 2016). In Indianapolis, The Clowes Fund’s support for the arts is limited to two legacy grants that honor our founding donors. One is the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, which exhibits the Clowes Collection of art, and the other is the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) on the merits of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) program.Read More
TEAMING UP TO EDUCATE (Summer 2016). Education is a simple word that represents a complex system with many actors—students, teachers, parents, administrators, policymakers—who must work together to prepare young people for success in the workplace, at home and in the community.Read More
INSPIRING EXAMPLES OF PERSEVERANCE (Summer 2016). The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) hosted the 2016 Postsecondary Counseling Institute (PCI) in June. A session titled “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: Equipping First-Generation Students for Success after High School,” featured a panel of Indiana first-gen students who found pathways to success, despite the odds.Read More
FOSTERING RELATIONSHIPS TO LEVERAGE IMPACT. Seattle is known for its vibrant arts scene, yet some children remain at a disadvantage with regard to access and opportunities. The Clowes Fund has fostered collaboration among its cohort of grantees who are working to ensure that all Seattle school children have creative advantages, especially hands-on access to musical instruments.
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) are shining examples of savvy collaboration to maximize impact. Together they applied for and received a $250,000 grant from the Raynier Foundation for a three-year Musical Pathways project. SYSO’s Kathleen Allen led the charge. She and Susan Jenkins of SRJO said they developed trust, a shared vision among the Clowes cohort of grantees, which ultimately resulted in a joint effort and funding that will help them stabilize and expand the instrumental music continuum for middle and high school students in Southwest Seattle.Read More
KEEPING SCORE WITH BOI (Fall 2015). A multi-year Clowes Fund grant is helping Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) meet the increasing demand for Spanish language business coaching and education services through its Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship Program.Read More
A TOUCHDOWN FOR ENB (Fall 2015). Longtime grantee English for New Bostonians (ENB) addresses one of The Clowes Fund’s top priorities for immigrants, refugees and asylees: English language classes.Read More
WORKING FOR REVITALIZATION (Fall 2014). Located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, The Neighborhood Developers - CONNECT is one of several Clowes Fund grantees implementing the Center for Working Families model.Read More
WORKING TOWARDS CHANGE (Fall 2014). Located in southwest Indianapolis, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center works together with neighbors, volunteers, community partners and donors to help individuals and families of all age ranges build new skills and prepare for the future.Read More