Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations announces winners of Youth Mini-awards

Friday, March 29, 2024

As part of our efforts to make meaningful connections with existing organizations, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations has launched mini-awards to lift up community-led work. These awards, aimed at fostering collaboration and supporting grassroots projects, kicked off with a focus on youth empowerment.

Out of 10 impressive applications, we've awarded four grants of $4,500 each. We’re looking forward to finding ways to collaborate with more applicants in the future.

Here's a preview of some of the exciting projects ahead:

Community Organizing Alliance: We’re backing their Leadership, Education, and Organizing program—a series of bi-monthly workshops in Lewiston and Portland geared towards equipping young leaders with essential skills and knowledge to effect positive change in their communities.

Abbe Museum: We are partnering to break down barriers and boost participation of Maliseet and Mi’kmaq youth in their annual Waponahki Student Art Show, providing a platform for showcasing the creative talents of Wabanaki students.

Somali Bantu Community Association: We’re supporting their Kashekee Youth Program, which promotes engagement with traditional farming practices, outdoor activities, and healthy eating habits. This initiative will cultivate a youth-focused garden and outdoor learning space, fostering intergenerational mentorship and a deeper connection to nature.

Ifka Community Services: We’re backing their programs to offer vital support and intervention tailored to Somali youth in the Lewiston/Auburn area facing trauma, crisis, and violence. Through mentorship and culturally sensitive restorative justice circles, this program aims to provide a safe platform for dialogue, healing, and community resilience.

These partnerships mark just the beginning of our journey in empowering communities and driving positive change. Stay tuned for more updates on our mini-award initiatives and the amazing projects they're fueling!