Brothers@Bard Receives Major Grant in NBA Foundation’s Largest Round of Funding to Date
“Over seven years ago, my brothers and I created Brothers@ when we were just 18- and 19-year-old college freshmen, with the intention of supporting ourselves and other young men of color (YMOC) through high school and college . . . to lift as we climb. Today, Brothers@ works with 200 YMOC across New York State and New York City, and the funds and support we’ll receive from this partnership with the NBA Foundation will propel our organization’s state-wide expansion efforts. Supporting our young people matters now more than ever, and the NBA Foundation is making it possible for us to scale our work and our impact to even more YMOC. Creating a truly just and equitable world is a collective endeavor that requires all of us to do our part—and Brothers@ looks forward to continuing this fight alongside the NBA Foundation,” said Dariel Vasquez ’17, Executive Director of Brothers@.
Cofounded by Bard alums Dariel Vazquez ’17 and Harry Johnson ’17 as a student initiative, Brothers@ is a dual-beneficiary high-school retention and college persistence organization with the mission of improving the academic and social-emotional outcomes of young men of color (YMOC) in both secondary and post-secondary education. The NBA grant will support Brothers@ in their New York State expansion efforts and the launch of their consortium.
“As we near the conclusion of the NBA Foundation’s first year of grant-making, we’re excited to announce our latest round of awards to 38 new, deserving non-profit organizations,” said Greg Taylor, NBA Foundation Executive Director. “We are confident that our support will create short- and long-term advancement opportunities for these organizations and the communities that they serve.”
The grants will help enhance the impactful work of these national and local organizations in alignment with the NBA Foundation’s mission to provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development for high school, college-aged, job-ready and mid-career individuals, focusing in team markets throughout the United States and Canada. The full list of the 38 grantees and their efforts can be viewed at: nbafoundation.nba.com/nba-foundation-fourth-grant-round-recipients/.
Post Date: 12-13-2021