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.
Local youth ages 12-24 can receive up to $1,000 in funding to design a creative solution for fear, hostility, and division within their community. During our first grant cycle in March of 2017, we funded 10 innovative projects that utilized the arts, outreach, and creative educational techniques to promote active nonviolence. Our second grant cycle (2018) is currently underway with 15 projects being funded through this initiative. Below are some of the several projects within the current grant cycle.