In the past two years of Community Action Work, Rose Community Foundation has put on several events responding to emerging community needs and aligned with Community Action goals of making Denver a safer and more welcoming place for all. Below is a summary of events funded so far in 2019 through this opportunity.
African Leadership Group
- $5,000 to support Afrik Impact 2019, which celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora in Colorado and honors its members’ accomplishments. The event showcases the role African immigrants play in the economy.
Cherry Creek Diversity Conference
- $5,000 to support Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, which brings together over 1,100 teens and teachers from 100+ schools across the state. The conference deals with a wide range of topics including cliques, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental challenges, multicultural art and music, socioeconomic concerns, and teenage social problems. The event is planned and organized by a student-only Executive Committee of approximately 30 students from various schools around the Denver Metro area.
City of Denver
- $3,000 to support the 4th annual My Brother’s Keeper 25 luncheon where twenty-five community members will be honored for their work to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.
- $2,000 for Youth, Equity and Education, an event designed to deepen and expand dialogue between youth and adults. Youth will play a central role, intentionally elevating the voices of those experiencing educational inequities – from minority, low-income, racially and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities (CHIC)
- $4,000 to support Movie in the Park, a community family night out event in the Parkhill community. With the rapid change in the demographic of people transitioning in and out of Parkhill due to gentrification, along with the division and racist climate the country is currently experiencing, CHIC believes it is more important than ever to offer spaces that encourage healthy community relations.
- $2,500 to support a series of student-led events in and around mental health, student athletes, financial literacy and spiritual development. These events are part of the boys2MEN program, which provides free and low-cost education and empowerment curriculum designed to teach social skills and offer mentoring opportunities to young men.
Denver Biennial of the Americas
- $3,000 to support Power in Migration, a symposium that will emphasize how to get migration right in the Americas, the importance of the role immigrants play in the U.S. economy and why it matters as a national and regional interest. It will focus on the real challenges – and opportunities – of migration, highlighting the drivers of today’s migration in the Americas, and explain the economic growth opportunities of properly understood and managed migration.
- $1,500 to support the Applied Empathy Workshop with Michael Ventura. Applied Empathy is a design thinking methodology developed by Michael Ventura, founder and CEO of Sub Rosa; a strategy and design firm based in New York’s West Village. Attendees of this session will learn about Michael’s methodology which leverages the true power of empathy as a perspective taking tool, rather than being conflated with simply “being nice.”
Denver Children’s Choir
- $1,000 to support the spring Harmony of Children: Who We Are concert, which focuses on bringing together people of different races, cultures, sexual orientation and economic backgrounds in harmony.
International Rescue Committee Denver
- $2,000 to support the Refugees in the Arts event, which aims to bring people together to build bridges between communities, celebrate the contributions that refugees make here in Colorado and provide opportunities for the women from the We Can Do It! psychosocial support program to participate in planning efforts and showcase their accomplishments and art work.
Metro State University Foundation
- $2,500 to support an event where Emma Eminash will share her experience as an African refugee. Through humor, anecdotes and advice, African immigrant, published author and MSU alumna Emma Eminash will describe her new life in the U.S. as well as the insights, challenges and sources of strength she has encountered along the way. In addition, a panel of Auraria immigrant students with varying immigration backgrounds and countries of origin will share their experiences, dreams, hopes and worries as they embark on their own journey through higher education.
Mile High Ministries
- $5,000 to support quarterly asylum workshops to better prepare asylum seekers for immigration court or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, ensure applications are properly completed and have an increased chance of success and reduce anxiety by empowering asylum seekers to better understand the process and providing advice through competent immigration attorneys.
- $2,500 to support the Our Neighbors, Ourselves art gallery, which aims to bring compassionate artists together and through diverse creative expressions, celebrate the inherent value and dignity of human life.
- $2,000 to support Latin Music Matters, a concert experience which seeks to disrupt the current definition of what constitutes “legitimate” choral music and create a space for deep work into cultural identity and expression through group singing, for a population that is largely underserved in the choral music world.
Struggle of Love Foundation
- $2,500 to support the annual Health Fair and Backpack and School Supply Giveaway in Montbello, as part of Struggle for Love’s yearly programming to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth and families.
Sudanese American Public Affairs Association
- $3,500 to support the 7th Annual Sudanese American Public Affairs Association (SAPAA) Convention and Youth Summit, which provides the Sudanese American diaspora a time to come together, build for their local communities and achieve leadership and empowerment.