In response national reckoning after the death of George Floyd, Open Society-U.S. established the Semester of Justice initiative to support newer or younger activists during the fall of 2020 to concretely push forward racial justice, democracy, and social justice activism through trainings, internships, fellowships, temporary jobs, mentorships, or other learning and action opportunities.
Fund for Educational Excellence+
$100,000 over one year to support the NextGen program’s effort to provide youth development and organizing training for Baltimore youth.
No Boundaries Coalition+
$25,000 over one year to educate and mobilize young people in West Baltimore in order to build a broad base of civic engagement and activism.
Wide Angle Youth Media+
$60,000 over one year to support the Healing City Baltimore initiative, a movement of city residents working to engage Baltimore families and youth to address trauma and destigmatize mental illness.
Youth as Resources+
$150,000 over one year to provide micro-grants to youth working to address critical issues in their communities and grow the youth task team to increase its training and organizing impact.
+ These grants were funded, in whole or in part, by additional one-time support from Open Society Foundations.