Hope Fund Application 2018 for Social Justice Fellows Released

The Hope Reichbach Fund 2018 Application Period now live. Apply online by clicking here. This year’s application will be due on February 18th, 2018 by 11:59pm.

If you are a potential applicant and have any questions, please email us at apply@hopeforbrooklyn.com

2018 Application Period and Fellowship Timeline:

November 2017: Launch 2018 Summer Fellowship Application
February 18th, 2018: Application Deadline at 11:59pm
Late March 2018: Interviews
April 2018: Final Notices
June 3rd, 2018: Fellowship Orientation
June 4th, 2018: First day of 10 week-long Internship
June 4th-August 11th: 5 Friday morning breakfasts hosted at each internship site TBD
August 10th, 2018: Last day of Internship
August 12th, 2018: Culminating Ceremony 



November Daffodils for Hope


Thank you to everyone that came out to join us last Sunday, November 19th in Columbus Park to celebrate Hope!

Over 25 members of the Hope community came to plant 550 bulbs in about 90 minutes. Our own Doreen Gallo baked amazing chocolate chip cookies and brownies that were still warm and we all shared apple cider on the chilly afternoon!

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This year’s daffodil planting is generously organized by the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance and NY4Parks.

Thank you all for coming together to remember Hope and create opportunities for social impact young leaders and organizations in Brooklyn.

Much love,

Hope’s friends and family

Cabaret for Hope

We are thrilled to announce our next event to benefit the Hope Reichbach Fund. This time we are mixing it up — come join us for a CABARET FOR HOPE, an evening of shadow puppetry, dance, stand-up, costumes, and fantasy presented by Brooklyn’s own Midnight Radio Show. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to our Fellowship fund, which matches young leaders seeking careers in social justice with Brooklyn-based non-profits  working directly in our communities. We hope to see you there!

WHEN: October 29th, 2017, 6PM
WHERE: Papillon Bistro, 22 E 54th St, Manhattan
TICKETS: $35 General Admission; $70 Patron with front row cabaret table seating and appetizers included. Available at http://cabaretforhope.brownpapertickets.com/
Cash bar, one-item minimum
All ages welcome! Recommended for 16 and up.

Tickets are going fast — you don’t want to miss this one! Click here to reserve a seat

Come to our Cabaret for Hope

Meet the 2017 Fellows

Meet our new contingent of amazing Hope Reichbach Fellows! This year’s group will be working with some of the most effective and important Brooklyn non-profit organizations:

Asamia Diaby will work with VOCAL-NY

Hagir Elzin will work with Brooklyn Defender Services

Nyla Tolbert will work with the TORCH Program at the National Institute for Reproductive Health

Kyler Murria Castro will work with Brooklyn Community Services

MariaJose Delgado will work with El Puente

Nairée Taveras will work with exalt

Read on for more about the Fellows and the strengths they bring to their work this summer!

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Sign up for our 5th Annual Run for Hope 5K!


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.

Sign up here

Apply for the 2017 Hope Reichbach Fund Fellowship

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.


2016 Culminating Ceremony and Hope Reichbach Way


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.

Art Activist Dinner



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)

Visiting City Hall

Council Member Steve Levin with 2016 Hope Fund Fellows Albert Cohen, Rachel Zhao, Amanda Morales, Rosy Tavares, and Kayla Madridejos (from left to right)

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

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!