Join us this year at our fifth annual Run for Hope on Sunday April 23rd, 2017.
The Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk is a celebration of the life and work of Hope Reichbach, an activist and civic leader born and raised in Brooklyn. Before she passed away in 2011, Hope worked on the campaign and in the office of Council Member Stephen Levin and worked tirelessly to make Brooklyn a better place for everybody. This event will bring together local vendors, musicians, and members of Hope’s community to raise money and awareness for the Hope Reichbach Fund, which provides summer Fellowships to college students pursuing careers in social justice.
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Our application is live now! If you or anyone you know is eligible and interested the application is available online by clicking here.
Please pass this along to anyone who embodies the spirit of Hope and is passionate about social justice and civic leadership. Anyone is eligible to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior in college
- Resident of New York City
- Demonstrates financial need
If selected as a Fellow, we will place you with a Brooklyn not-for-profit organization based on your skills and interests. The application is due February 24th, 2017, interviews will take place in mid March, and placements will be determined by April.
This past Sunday August 14th our 2016 Fellows graduated from our Summer program. Congratulations to Amanda, Rosibel, Rachel, and Kayla. Immediately following the ceremony we gathered around the corner on Bond and Dean to unveil the street naming of Hope Reichbach Way. Thank you to everyone that attended.
As part of our summer programming we gathered for an evening of insightful conversation with some amazing artists from a diverse group of organizations. What a night!
Pictured left to right: Elvira Clayton (The Laundromat Project), Kayla Madridejos (2016 Fellow), Rachel Zhao (2016 Fellow), Rosibel Tavares (2016 Fellow), Amanda Morales (2016 Fellow), Ellen Meyers (Hopes mom, Hope Reichbach Fund), Ezra Lowrey (Program Manager, Hope Reichbach Fund), Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill (Groundswell), Ayesha Williams (The Laundromat Project), Caron Atlas (Arts & Democracy), Daniela Quiroz (Advisory Board Chair, Hope Reichbach Fund)
Council Member Steve Levin with 2016 Hope Fund Fellows Albert Cohen, Rachel Zhao, Amanda Morales, Rosy Tavares, and Kayla Madridejos (from left to right)
On a day when Pride flags hung from NY City Hall, activists lined the steps to advocate for better public education, and the Council gathered to finalize the 2016 budget, the Hope Fund Fellows met with Council Member Steve Levin and his staff to learn more about the inner workings of policy making in NYC.
The day began with a tour led by the Council Member’s staff focussing on the history of the building and the work that goes on there. The Fellows were able to learn more about what goes on in the typical day at a Council Member’s office, from interacting with lobbyists to fielding phone calls from constituents.
Inside City Hall with the Hope Fund Fellows and Steve Levin’s staff
Sitting in on the Council meeting to pass the budget gave the Fellows insight into the process of decision-making at the city level. Also since several of the budget items involved money apportioned to not-for-profits and other social services, the Fellows had a direct connection and context for the proceedings through their internships. It will be interesting to follow how they incorporate this new understanding of city politics into their work both this summer and beyond!