For Immediate Release
September 28th, 2021
Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Announce Grant to RE-Center Race & Equity in Education
Funding Will Be Used for Partnerships Advancing Racial Justice in Schools & Communities
Today, RE-Center announced that it has been selected as an inaugural recipient of a Community Grant from Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand as part of its Black Community Commitment Grant Program. The funding will be used to support our partnerships in the Greater Hartford, CT area and beyond to foster and sustain commitments to racial justice.
“We received hundreds of applications for Community Grants, and every single one of them was a reminder of the unique impact and powerful personal connections local community efforts can make happen. Making a decision on the first cycle of 18 organizations selected was certainly not easy.” said Craig Williams, President, Jordan Brand, “We are thrilled to not only stand behind them, but based on the volume of applications received, we look forward to continuing to offer this program each year in support of local grassroots efforts that create real, meaningful change for people and communities.”
“We are profoundly grateful to Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand for this funding,” said RE-Center Executive Director, Natalie McCabe Zwerger. “We strive toward centering youth and community in our partnerships to shift policy and practice in schools, districts, and organizations. We will be using these generous funds to ensure practices in our schools and districts are culturally responsive, center the brilliance of Black & Brown children, and demand an anti-racist lens be employed in all spaces that influence youth. This support allows us to strive for youth to receive the education to which they are entitled, and one that honors them as agents of institutional and social change.”
About the Jordan Brand Black Community Commitment: Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are committed to leading sustainable and impactful change to end systemic racism for the Black Community.
Through the 10-year, $100 million Black Community Commitment, Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand identified three main focus areas that are critical to improving outcomes for Black Americans in the following areas: Social Justice, Education & Awareness and Economic Justice.
The Community Grants program provides micro-funding grant awards to grassroots non-profit organizations with a total operating budget under $3 Million with proven track records of success and demonstrated paths to sustainable change.