Blue Shield of California recently announced $ 300,000 in community investments in nonprofit organizations that work with youth and communities of color.
The funding supports initiatives focused on youth development, social justice and health equity.
The funds go to 12 organizations, six in the Inland Empire and six in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each will receive $ 25,000 for a range of initiatives, including art programs, mentoring, tech training, housing and social justice activism, according to a press release.
The organizations of the Inland Empire are 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire, TODEC Legal Center, RAICES, Building Resilience In African American Families, Reach-Out and Asian American Resource Center.
“This funding couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Pepi Jackson, president of the Riverside CountyBlack Chamber of Commerce, in the press release. The Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce supports the organization Building Resilience in African American Families.
“This will immediately help us increase the character building services we provide to our young girls and boys who live in some of the Inland Empire’s most vulnerable communities,” Jackson said.
“These organizations are tackling difficult challenges and finding innovative new ways to inspire black, Hispanic, Asian and host youth to live their healthiest, most productive and fulfilling lives,” Kimberley Goode, vice president Senior External Affairs Officer of Blue Shield of California, said in the press release.
“Local nonprofits are essential to building a healthier California as they work to break down barriers to well-being and economic opportunity and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,” Goode said. in the press release. “Blue Shield selected this diverse group of organizations, who are trusted experts, working on the ground in their communities to drive meaningful change. “