Activism & Education
Scotty’s personally curated list of tiny but mighty mainly local to NYC, non-profits. Please browse, learn more and spread the word!
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The ELM Project enhances the lives of underserved youth living with chronic illness by providing an enriching summer camp experience and the tools for a healthy, independent future.
“No matter who you are or where you come from, you will always be accepted at Camp AmeriKids.”
- Camp AmeriKids camper, Coyote Cabin
Camp AmeriKids is our first and longest running program — a one-week residential summer camp for children ages 8-16 who are affected by HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, and other chronic illnesses.
We are committed to our mission of uplifting and empowering disadvantaged youth by equipping them with the tools and resources to lead successful, independent, and productive lives. Our programs provide children with opportunities to obtain critical life skills, learn how to trust themselves and others, discover new strengths and passions, and believe in their own potential.
G.L.I.T.S. has been led to change systemic and economical oppressions of systemic and financial discrimination not only in NYC but also globally when it comes to our marginal communities, We approach the health and rights crises faced by transgender community members and the sex worker community, holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community.
The first issue we address is that of immediate need/crisis support for transgender sex workers and the TLGBQIA and Bi Poc community members from the NYC area, across the US and globally through supporting asylum seekers from our priority communities.
The next issue we address is health care and health resilience for transgender sex workers. We need to address this issue because our community is hype marginalized and has a profound need for safe sex supplies and free/low cost health to address both trans specific and holistic needs.
We currently work on housing since so many in our G.L.I.T.S.’ community are without stable housing, deepening the cycle of disenfranchisement. G.L.I.T.S. also advocates and educates to ensure health, wellness and inclusion of transgender people in our society and to address the stigmatization and criminalization of trans people because of anti-prostitution/anti-sex work laws.
Housing Works engages in an array of advocacy strategies to further our mission of ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. Over the past three decades, we’ve learned that any effective plan to address AIDS requires shared commitment: the political will of governments, coordination between health agencies at all levels, and the energy and dedication of AIDS activists, doctors, researchers, service providers, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Housing Works is leading the way in ending the AIDS epidemic at the local, national and global levels through relentless advocacy, direct action, technical assistance and anchoring coalitions such as the New York Ending the Epidemic Initiative and ACT NOW:END AIDS.
Check out their amazing secondhand bookstore and thrift shops all over NYC! An amazing way to enjoy and support.
Envision Freedom Fund works alongside impacted communities to dismantle the oppressive and interconnected criminal legal and immigration systems. With freedom as our guiding principle, we invest in innovative campaigns and programs that aim to win long-term, transformative change, while meeting the urgent needs of community members in the present.
Founded in 2015 as the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (BCBF), we have been at the forefront of the fight to end money bail and pretrial detention. Initially paying bail just in Brooklyn, we expanded to serve individuals across New York City, becoming the largest community bail fund in the country. In less than five years we freed nearly 5,000 people from jail, sparing them from the devastating consequences of pretrial detention and reuniting them with their families and communities so they could fight their cases from a position of freedom. The monetary cost of this ransom was nearly $5 million, which restored 750 years of pretrial freedom to our neighbors and community members. Because of our commitment to the humanity of the individuals we serve, we instituted a support program to help meet their self-identified needs, which has become a model for others across the country.
Where Talent Meets Purpose: Catchafire is a network of volunteers, nonprofits, and funders working together to solve urgent problems and lift up communities.
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It took many federal acts to finally provide legal protection against discrimination. To pass the real estate exam, you must know what these acts are and who they protect. As a real estate agent, you must understand the federal fair housing laws and apply them in real-life practice.