The foundation was created in 2016 to award grants on a monthly basis to rising non profit leaders and social entrepreneurs having a positive impact in the communities Breakout is active in. Grants currently start at $1k. Grantees additionally gain exposure through the Breakout community and social channels. By supporting aspiring leaders, we aim to give that extra "jet fuel" to empower the next generation of leaders aiming to change the world.
"Breakout strives to offer access and insight around thought leadership from underserved and emerging markets with the purposeful intent of giving that talent a voice."
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The south side of Chicago gets a bad rap but our man Kenneth is here to tell you otherwise. As a born and raised South Sider, he knows what you are thinking, gun violence, rappers like Chief Keef, or best case the White Sox. And not to say he doesn't bump drill music from time to time but when he thinks of the South Side, he thinks of the love and community. He wanted to change things and as his lifelong passion was photography, he grabbed his camera and got to work. He's now hometown famous for his art book I AM ENGLEWOOD, which through photo speaks truth to his home.
Jim is a social justice advocate, author of "A Stone of Hope," and the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) which is a mentoring program for at-risk youth between the ages of nine and twenty-one living in Brooklyn, New York.
Cody is the founder of the non-profit, Harpers Playground. Named for his daughter Harper, who was born with a disability impacting her mobility, they are the creators of building playgrounds that are inclusive for all.
Abby is the founder of Gangstas to Growers, a project aimed at reducing recidivism amongst formerly incarcerated youth in Atlanta. She takes a unique holistic approach to treating the wounds that cause and are caused by incarceration, one that combines the seemingly disparate fields of nutrition, history and agriculture. With the help of the Breakout Foundation, they were able to launch their first hot sauce.
Terence Lester and his wife Cecilia Lester founded Love Beyond Walls, an Atlanta based non-profit organization focused on exposing the realities of the often invisible, by sharing their stories and experiences to increase awareness.
Author and spoken word poet in Baltimore. He’s been recognized locally in the Baltimore Sun as well as nationally in the Washington Post and by famed Selma Director Ava Duvernay. Koni utilized Breakout funds to launch his first program in Baltimore schools; purchasing materials and books for students.
Israel and the Street Roots team has tackled head on the crisis of homelessness by hiring those that are homeless as ‘vendors’ to give them purpose and income to get them off the streets.
C. is a Baltimore artist, activist, and maker. She runs the apparel line Generation of Dreamers and is the founder of Baltimore’s Gifted, an e-commerce initiative designed to promote self sufficiency and economic empowerment among the urban youth of Baltimore City.