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Pillar 3 Partners: Lifting Org Power

These emerging and seasoned organizations represent an inclusive generation of leadership and civic engagement. We are honored to support each of these Central Valley leaders with capacity building or core operational support:

  • Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP)
    • Since 1999, BYLP implements programming to support Black youth with leadership development, civic education, and cultural awareness. Funding supports an organizational roadmap to expand programming and staff.
  • Breakbox Thought Collective
    • Breakbox Thought Collective believes in the power of elevating marginalized voices across multiple sectors for social change. Groundbreaking initiatives include the Fresno Black Girl Magic Project, Indie-Go Sessions, and 100 Black Voices. The award supports core operations and staffing.
  • California Center for Civic Participation
    • The Cal Center empowers youth to be active members of our democracy through civic engagement programming for Sacramento high school students on topics such as social justice and media literacy. Cal Center is building organizational leadership development.
  • Central Valley Latino Leadership Academy (CVLLA)
    • CVLLA is developing Central Valley Latino leaders in the greater Fresno region. This year they are embarking on a strategic plan for their organizational direction and growth.
  • Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP)
    • CLYLP is building the next generation of Latino professionals in the Central Valley. Support for CLYLP includes board development and succession planning efforts to create more funding and programming opportunities.
  • Ivanhoe Sol
    • Ivanhoe Sol is a bilingual, community-run newsletter aimed to increase access to vital local and regional information for the communities of Ivanhoe and Tulare County. Funds support operations to continue the printing and distribution of this hyperlocal, innovative newspaper.
  • Little Manila Rising
    • Little Manila is dedicated to bringing multifaceted equity to Stockton. Programming includes Little Manila After School Program, Healing P.U.S.O, and Cultural Arts Programs. Little Manila aims to get more of their stories, past and present, in the media; an effort supported by JBMF.
  • Nate Nvil Solutions
    • Creating safe and sustainable places for Black youth to thrive. The goal is to build capacity with like minded community organizations centered on youth development in Stanislaus County. JBMF is providing leadership with partial staffing support.
  • Stanislaus County Y.E.P.
    • Y.E.P. is an ethnic-based empowerment program within Stanislaus County that provides Black youth with the necessary tools to uplift and empower their futures. Funding supports core operations and staffing to grow their transformative work, fund development, and local partnerships.
  • PRO Youth and Families
    • PRO Youth and Families is educating and mobilizing young people and youth-serving organizations. They are seeking to build a stronger network of nonprofits through technology and operational systems.
  • Social Justice Politicorps (SJPC)
    • SJPC informs Sacramentans on social justice issues to take action to change the Sacramento government and the broader community. SJPC is optimizing its technology to increase civic participation in diverse communities.
  • Stanislaus Cradle to Career Partnership: Youth Empowerment Network
    • With the Stanislaus Community Foundation, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and local nonprofits, the Cradle to Career partnership seeks to create a thriving community built on educational success and economic well-being for all. JBMF support focuses on the development of a Youth Power Building Network as part of this effort.
  • YDN Nueva Epoca Early Career Development Program
    • YDN is cultivating leadership in the Latinx community to influence business and civic policy in the Sacramento region. The programming for the first Nueva Epoca cohort of emerging leaders launches in 2021.


First Amendment protections on free speech, expression, and a free press.

First Amendment


In its exploratory phase to embark on a major First Amendment strategy, the James B. McClatchy Foundation launched the LIFT Initiative as a grant making pilot to advance awareness of and engagement with the First Amendment as it relates to free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press in Central Valley communities.

Through a listening journey with communities, we partner with Central Valley organizations to uncover the core support needed to engage in First Amendment freedoms and sustain a vibrant civic life. What surfaced is a vivid civic engagement ecosystem of connected partners ranging from community organizers, civic educators and journalists to First Amendment advocates. Collectively, they create a blueprint for how to successfully uplift the First Amendment in the Central Valley. As the LIFT pilot evolves into a longer-term strategy, we embrace opportunities to safeguard local news and amplify community voices that represent the future of the Central Valley.

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