On Wednesday, Black to the Futures Action Fund announced the third cohort of fellows for the Black to the Future Public Policy Institute, an eight-month fellowship designed to train future Black policy makers and cultivate a network of Black policy leaders. The fellowship provides an opportunity for participants to build a policy campaign from the ground up with training and support from institute staff and guest speakers — Joy Reid, Bryan Stevenson and Ayanna Pressley have participated in the past. Fellows are also provided with 1:1 mentorship by experts in policy making. Read more about the latest cohort of the Black to the Future Public Policy Institute at BlackFuturesLab.org and in this piece from Ebony.
Dr. Monique Couvson, president and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, and Tynesha McHarris, founder and principal at Black Harvest and co-founder of Black Feminist Fund, authored this piece for Philanthropy New Digest with a call to let Black women-led funds lead.
“There’s something really important to me about telling stories…Working in video games, you can do really amazing things and push the boundaries.” Gameheads, a tech training program that uses video game design, development and DevOps to develop diverse talent and bold new voices for the tech and gaming industry, provided alum Kai Nyame the perfect combination of STEAM skills training and creative outlet. Two years out from Gameheads, Nyame is not only studying interactive entertainment at USC, but she has also launched her own game development studio, Studio Hitsuji. More on Kai’s story and how Gameheads seeks to change the gaming industry — one game, and one student, at a time — at Yahoo! News.
The Rosenberg Foundation recently adopted a Survivor Leave policy for both full- and part-time employees at Rosenberg Foundation. Inspired by the work of their grantee partner FreeFrom, the new policy guarantees that all employees can take up to 15 days of paid leave if they or an immediate family member are experiencing domestic and gender-based violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking. The number one reason survivors stay in or return to situations of abuse is that they can’t afford to stay safe. This new policy aims to mitigate this cycle by offering employees paid time off to help them deal with the effects of abuse without the fear of losing their job. More at Rosenbergfound.org.