HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
Since its inception, the Shawn Carter Foundation has celebrated the December holiday season by distributing toys or meals to youth and families residing in underserved Brooklyn communities. Through this annual event, the Foundation has served thousands of residents from the Marcy, Red Hook and Gravesend housing projects.
On a case by case basis, the Foundation will review and support specific organizational requests for funding of mission-related projects. Such support has included a grant to The Fund for Public Schools to assist in the recovery of the schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy, donation of backpacks and school supplies to youth in the Marcy Back To School Basketball Games program, and gifts of donated apparel, concert and festival tickets to foster care agencies and schools throughout the nation.
BRIDGES TO WEALTH PARTNERSHIP
The Shawn Carter Foundation has partnered with Bridges to Wealth (B2W) to bring financial literacy workshops to inner city communities and to develop the wealth building capacity of Shawn Carter scholars and alumni. B2W is an innovative financial empowerment program focused on students, parents and local community partners to emphasize the importance of equal access to financial education, services and opportunities. Developed at the University of Pennsylvania, B2W utilizes a strategic curriculum to promote generational wealth among underserved communities. Although the partnership currently focuses on communities in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, the goal is to expand our collective efforts nationwide in order to educate the nation’s future entrepreneurs, students, teachers, and wealth owners.
MARCY YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM
The Shawn Carter Foundation has supported youth basketball tournaments in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, NY for the past seven years. Over the past two years, alongside the Tyrone “Baldy” Foundation, hundreds of youth have gathered to participate in friendly competition before the start of the school year. Resources and achievement awards such as uniforms, school supplies, backpacks, trophies and other items are gifted to the youth in order to evoke a sense of community, excitement for education and establish a determination to succeed.>