Over the years VPF has partnered with three investees. Each was its own unique experience. All resulting in stronger organizations that are better equipped to make change.
In 2008-2009, VPF partnered with Concrete Safaris, which designed an after school education program on a youth-led organic farm in East Harlem, so participants can become the next generation of environmental leaders. Our start-up grant allowed the founder to pay herself for the first time, among other things. We also worked with her on board development, finances, marketing, and fundraising.
In 2009-2010, VPF partnered with Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, which does advocacy/organizing, educational support, and outreach programs with the goal of helping young mothers in the short and long term, so they can become self-sufficient adults. Our grant supported their programs. We also helped build organizational capacity, develop marketing materials for outreach and fundraising, and board development.
In 2010-2011, VPF partnered with Full Circle Education, which works to get more deserving young people accepted into college through the power of peer-to-peer learning. The grant was made towards its Collaborative Learning SAT Program. We are also helped with mission and vision planning, board development and marketing materials.
For 2013, VPF has been working closely with the Corona Youth Music Project, which was founded in 2010 in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, NYC to empower youth, fight poverty, and promote social inclusion through music education and performance. It is the first organization in Queens that is part of “El Sistema,” a global movement of music for social change. Through their participation in the Orchestra, children are given the opportunity to become valued assets to the Corona community. VPF’s Project Management Committee has been working with CYMP on accounting and evaluations systems.