The 2023 application is opening this week! We will accept applications until January 15th.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller
The Youth Healing Hate project initially drew from two sources for inspiration. First is Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited, a book that Dr. King carried with him for years. In this book, Thurman, an African-American faith leader who mentored Dr. King and countless other leaders, warns people of the danger to any society where hatred has become respectable, and of the need for people to actively understand and reduce hate.
In 2016 the United States experienced a rise in hate crimes that has now continued into consecutive years. Local communities have been targeted because of their religion, sexuality, and ethnicity. In response to these recent events, the Gandhi Institute (in partnership with the Farash Foundation) created Youth Healing Hate grants, to empower youth to address the root causes of hate and incivility.
Through this grant, local youth ages 12-24 can receive up to $1,000 for projects that provide a creative solution to fear, hostility, and division within their community.
The 2021-2022 youth leaders and their projects:
Minorities Unite, Makayla Holliman
The Connection Perspective, Jorge Jimenez
Art Against Hate, Matteah Boots-Cullote
We Got This, Isaiah Santiago
Positivity and Integrity Tree, Cameron Teens
Student Open Mic, Ariana Rodriguez and School 17
Peace and Unity Mural, Natalie Reagan and Nativity Prep