We’re very excited to announce I Am Trenton’s 2016 grantees! These nine projects will touch communities all over the city. We can’t wait to see them in action — and we hope they inspire you to support the great things happening in Trenton every day.
- Sheltered Yoga: The “Community Serving Community” program trains residents in yoga instruction within their own communities, using mindfulness to build self-esteem, self-awareness and confidence
- Urban Mental Health Alliance: The “Healthy Minds” program brings awareness of mental health and addiction issues to urban families, helping to break the stigma
- The Tre’Devon Lane Foundation: The “Sisters Inspiring Sisters” mentoring project teaches sewing skills to young women, engaging them in a collaborative project that builds creativity and self-confidence
- LifeBridge Technology Enrichment Centers: The organization provides residents with computer training courses and free computers, helping them with learning and job prospects. The grant will support refurbishing donated computers.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: The “Cops + Kids” initiative aims to build relationships between children and law enforcement by pairing them together. Each participant builds two bikes with their mentor, one for themselves and one for another child in the city.
- Trenton Community A-TEAM: The grassroots artists’ collective based at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen will introduce the greater community to Studio 51, their new home in the Old Trenton neighborhood
- SAGE Coalition: The “Pendulum @ the Park” is a series of pendulum painting workshops in five public parks across the city, which aims to involve residents, particularly youth, in its creation. The artwork will then be installed in participants’ actual neighborhoods.
- HiTOPS: The “Trauma Informed Classrooms” initiative at Dunn Middle School aims to create an environment that supports young people in managing their emotions and engaging fully in their education
- Catholic Youth Organization: The Broad Street Center’s PeeWee soccer program will involve 40 children between the ages of 4 and 6, and builds on lessons learned in their pilot year last year to include more support for their families.