San Jose, CA – (MAY 28, 2019) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia / KSTS and the NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that eight local non-profit organizations will receive a total of $225,000 in Project Innovation grants. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for addressing local community issues through innovative solutions in the areas of storytelling, culture of inclusion, youth education and community engagement. This is the second year in a row that NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are recognizing local area non-profit organizations with Project Innovation grants.
“This year’s Project Innovation grant recipients are organizations that all seek to build pathways to success for those who may not have access to the opportunities that exist here in the Bay Area,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “From empowering youth to launch their financial lives, to training blind individuals on skills to enter the workforce, we wish all eight of the aspiring organizations success in accomplishing their program goals.”
Project Innovation is presented by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets, including the Bay Area, kicked off the challenge earlier this year to identify local organizations that are using innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. The stations created and convened community panels to review the grant applications and select final grant recipients. This year, nearly $2.5 million in Project Innovation grants has been awarded to not-for-profit organizations in participating markets.
Local Project Innovation 2019 grant recipients include:
Annie Cannon’s “Technology Training and Employment for Survivors of Human Trafficking” program – $50,000 - AnnieCannons is a unique organization working to break the cycle of re-victimization of survivors of human trafficking through the lens of economic empowerment. Partnering with government and tech companies, the program provides a safe space for survivors to heal, learn a valuable tech skill, and get real world experience for their resumes.
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired “Employment Immersion for Blind Jobseekers” program - $50,000 – This progressive program works to not only train blind individuals on the skills needed to enter the workplace, but also educates companies to eliminate negative stereotypes around hiring the blind.
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology “BAYCAT’s Pathway: Building a Diverse Pipeline of Creatives for the Innovation Economy” Program - $30,000 – Bringing together the best of youth development practices, innovative technology, workforce training and arts enrichment, BAYCAT is a pathway from education to employment for youth (ages 11-24) in a competitive and lucrative industry: digital media and tech. The program serves 96% low income youth, 87% young people of color and 100% unemployed and underemployed young adults.
San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum “Sacred Heart Nativity Storytellers (SHNS)” program - $30,000 – In their partnership with Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum helps at risk youth stay in school and learn new skills by providing an avenue for them to tell their stories. During the course of a 2-week workshop, participants go through an entire film production process, from thinking of the idea, to filming, to editing, learning skills like storyboarding, script writing, video production, and video editing. Students take away confidence in a new technical skill set, the ability to synthesize and tell a story, and a sense of pride in completing a project together.
MyPath’s “Youth Leadership Pathway: Rising Credit Builder (BUILDER)” program - $30,000 - MyPath focuses on paving economic pathways for low-income youth. MyPath helps cities and nonprofits implement banking, saving and credit-building tools and information directly into their existing youth employment programs to build local economic pathways. Their models leverage this teachable moment at the beginning of their financial lives to set the foundation for upward economic mobility, ultimately transforming their income into financial and personal growth.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project “Filmmaker Training” program - $20,000 – QWOCMAP uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truths of inequality, and build understanding and community around art and social justice. The Filmmaker Training Program, promotes diversity and encourages filmmaking as a vocation for queer women of color, gender nonbinary and transgender people of color.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley’s “Diversified Media Production” program - $10,000 – Through a vast network of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and sub-contractors, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV) provides critical home repairs to over 600 low-income homeowners per year. The Diversified Media Production program allows the organization to reach more neighbors in need via their website and social media platforms, helping more low-income neighbors stay in their homes – homes, that are safe, have hot water, a working furnace, and a roof with no leaks.
Filipino-American Development Foundation “SOMALAKAS: Our Story is Our Strength” program - $5,000 - SOMALAKAS is a storytelling series focused on increasing awareness and place making in the Filipino community. Staff work with young people to collect, record, and share stories of cultural and historical significance largely unknown in the community. SOMALAKAS currently includes a photo art series, a published book, video documentation, and written stories on multiple digital platforms.
Project Innovation 2019 grants were presented to eligible non-profit organizations located in select markets serviced by NBC and Telemundo owned stations, including New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, NECN), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).
To see the list of all Project Innovation 2019 winners, visit nbcuniversal.com.
About NBC Bay Area / KNTV
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About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS
Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social media channels.
About NBCUniversal Foundation
NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and Comcast NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.
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