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New York Law Journal

The Family Justice Law Center, the first organization of its kind in the United States, will go on the legal offensive on behalf of families who say child welfare agencies violated their constitutional rights.

New York Times

The first question, inevitably, was about the money. What was he going to do with it? Hire a couple of lawyers, said David Shalleck-Klein. “Top-flight civil rights litigators” whose jobs might well include suing the city, he said.

NY1

Five New Yorkers have been awarded a prestigious award to support efforts to making the city a better place. The initiative, known as the David Prize, doles out $200,000 to each individual without any strings. Past winners have included technology entrepreneurs, community organizers and founders of nonprofits.

Crain's New York

Jason Gibson wants to make sure that young New Yorkers know about the opportunities of the city’s burgeoning tech industry. While in prison on a narcotics charge, he reflected on alternative careers for himself and learned as much as he could about the sector. At the same time, he was reading about socio-economic disparities in Black communities.

CBS News

A nonprofit organization teaching computer coding to children living in NYCHA complexes received a major boost to its budget this week. Hood Code founder Jason Gibson received the David Prize, which donates $200,000 each year to five individuals working to create a better and brighter New York City.

Queens Chronicle

An area cooking space is getting a healthy serving of cash. Dianna Rose, a Southeast Queens-based entrepreneur, was one of five recipients of the third David Prize, a $200,000 grant given to New York City residents striving to make their community a better place. Rose will use the funding to continue to grow and operate Essential Kitchen Co., the first shared commercial cooking space in Southeast Queens.

BKReader

The David Prize just awarded five New Yorkers from the child welfare, culinary, creative, technology, and media sectors who are focused on improving the lives of New Yorkers of color. Every year, The David Prize provides five winners with a $200,000 no-strings-attached grant to enable awardees to transform their plans into lasting initiatives that directly impact New Yorkers.

AfroTech

Jason Gibson is a product of his environment and has chosen to climb the higher ladder to make a difference in his community. Gibson dabbled in different hustles that weren’t in his best interests, which landed him behind bars for his involvement with narcotics.

City & State New York

Social justice activist and former Staten Island borough president candidate Cesar Vargas, who became nationally known as the state’s first immigrant without legal status to be allowed entry into the bar, won the $200,000 David Prize for his vision to help immigrants in the military with legal challenges.

Time for Kids

Urban farmer Domingo Morales is focused on compost.

Business Insider

Miren offers software to help lenders underwrite credit-thin small-business borrowers. Wharton grad Gabriela Campoverde launched the startup while in business school. Campoverde was recently named a finalist for the David Prize, a $200,000 philanthropic grant awarded annually to five New Yorkers.

Brooklyn Paper

Cecilia Gentili is a renowned transgender activist who has worked to improve funding for transgender causes, improve healthcare access for trans people, and decriminalize sex work. Gentili is one of eight Brooklyn-based finalists for the 2022 David Prize.

Pix 11

A Queens man reinvented his life after prison; he’s using technology to help young people in his New York City Housing Authority development break the cycle of poverty by learning how to code.

New York Times

An ad led to Domingo Morales falling in love with compost. A windfall is helping him spread the word.

How to Save a Planet

Food waste accounts for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But it turns out composting — the mystical art of turning your food scraps into nutritious organic material that can be used to grow even more food — can help to reduce those emissions.

Crain's New York

Three pediatricians in New York left jobs at prestigious academic institutions to test a novel, holistic care model that connects underserved families to health and social services via community partnerships.

amNewYork

The 2021 David Prize awarded $1 million dollars to five New York City-based visionaries within the child care, education and youth services and immigration sectors to support their creative solutions to some of the city’s most pressing challenges.

Yes! Magazine

These three activists are working to support people at risk of either going to prison for the first time or returning to prison after release.

Today

Many chefs, ironically, know this predicament all too well: When I caught up with Sharon Richardson, she had been up working for hours, but not yet had a chance to eat.

PIX11

A youth supportive housing program for men and women transforming lives in the Bronx was awarded $200,000 to expand.

Bon Appétit

The founder of Re-Entry Rocks and Just Soul Catering is using food to support women through life after incarceration.

Associated Press

Fela Barclift recalls the day in 1981 when she left her Brooklyn brownstone to search for childcare for her daughter.

SI Live

West Brighton resident Cesar Vargas, a well-known community activist and immigration lawyer, is one of five recipients citywide of the David Prize.

Brooklyn News 12

A company that’s building tools to help child care providers in low-income areas has won $200,000 from The David Prize initiative.

Africanews

The founder of a New York City preschool that teaches children about their African heritage is one of five winners of the 2021 David Prize, an annual $1 million award for select New York City residents.

NY1

Each year, the winner of the David Prize receives $200,000 to expand their vision for a better, more equitable city.

USA Today

The founder of a New York City preschool that teaches children about African heritage is one of five winners of the 2021 David Prize, an annual $1 million award for select New York City residents.

PRISM

The Youth Anti-Prison Project provides life-changing mentorship, employment, education, and housing for young adults under community supervision.

Imprint News

The creators of a nonprofit helping foster youth age out of the system, and a program to better launch young adults leaving lockups are among five New Yorkers awarded a prestigious local prize for their innovation.

Brooklyn Eagle

The David Prize, a $1 million, Brooklyn-based initiative to support up-and-coming visionaries in New York City, recently announced five winners for its 2021 cohort.

USA Today

On one of their first days back to school, a group of 3-year-olds at Little Sun People preschool in Brooklyn, New York, spent the morning learning how to write their names.

Queens Ledger

The David Prize is an annual award of $1 million that recognizes some of New York City’s brightest visionaries and individuals…

Manhattan Times

Theirs is passion with purpose. The David Prize, a $1 million grant designed to recognize New York City’s thought leaders, has announced its second annual class of finalists.

Medicine@Brown

The video call is grainy and a little shaky. Only Suzette Brown’s eyes are visible above her surgical mask. “Sorry,” she says, grappling with the phone. “I’m seeing patients today.”

Grist

Domingo Morales will be the first to tell you that composting changed his life. It all started in 2015 when the Brooklyn resident spotted a flier for Green City Force — an AmeriCorps sustainability training program aimed at youth within the New York City Housing Authority.

The New York Times

The founders of a shelter for homeless people seeking asylum and a group that helps college applicants are among five New Yorkers to…

Wall Street Journal

The newly minted David Prize will go to five NYC residents to continue pioneering innovative strategies to solve city problems.

NY1

Five grateful New Yorkers have been announced as the recipients of a major prize worth $200,000 each.

Fast Company

Edafe Okporo is one of the inaugural recipients of the $200,000 David Prize.

Daily Hampshire Gazette

A Hampshire College alum has been awarded $200,000 to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants and day laborers in New York City…

Queens Ledger

Cielo Villa was so overcome with emotion when she found out she had won a $200,000 prize to expand her organization that she began to cry.

BK Reader

The David Prize, a new annual award that grants $1 million to New Yorkers with exceptional ideas, has announced the winners — and two of them are from Brooklyn.

Real Estate Weekly

The Walentas Family Foundation is giving away $1 million with a new award recognizing unsung New York visionaries.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Walentas Family Foundation on Tuesday announced the first winners of The David Prize, a new annual award granted to…

Philanthropy News Digest

The Walentas Family Foundation in New York City has announced the inaugural winners of the David Prize…

Manhattan Times

When Cielo Villa was in high school, she already knew a lot about colleges. A savvy high school senior, she knew what admissions officers look…

World Journal

大衛獎(The David Prize)致力於選出為打造更美好紐約市開創新想法的個人,今年首屆舉辦吸引6000多人申請,目前已選出20名入圍者,最終選出五名得獎者…

Crain's New York

As an emergency medicine physician and community activist, Dr. Robert Gore is battling two public health crises at the same time.

Bronxnet

With a rising population of New Yorkers on the brink of homelessness, RPA’s VP of Housing and Neighborhood Planning hosts a panel to support New Yorkers providing essential services.

NY1 Noticias

Mike López dedica gran parte de su vida a alimentar a miles de familias en los vecindarios más afectados por el coronavirus. “Lo más importante para mi, en nuestras vidas es ayudar, es ayudar al prójimo”, dijo López.

BK Reader

Unrelenting activist Somia Elrowmeim seeks to bridge gaps between women of different cultures.

Kings County Politics

Somia Elrowmeim, founder and president of the Brooklyn-based Union for Arab Women (UAW), a grassroots political organization…

Crain's New York

Strong Children Wellness Medical Group, an organization that sets up clinics integrating primary care with community-based…

NBC News

Edafe Okporo fled his homeland in 2016 after he was subjected to homophobic violence. He’s now helping others who are looking to build…

AM New York Metro

From the time she was young, Sutton Cole King was very connected to her Native American culture.

Ayllu Times

Road to Uni (Camino a la Uni) es una fundación dirigida a estudiantes de high school y padres de familia, que enseña a la…

Cheddar

While people of color make up roughly 66% of New York City’s public school system, highly competitive schools only enroll…

The Bronx Free Press

When Nelson Luna was still in high school, he was asked if he had any white friends. Luna grew up shuttling between his grandmother’s…

Queens Latino

Alegre, descompilado y amigable, así percibe su comunidad al Padre Michael López, sacerdote de la parroquia católica de…

Queens County Politics

Father Mike Lopez’s work with the homeless began with a case of mistaken identity.

Kings County Politics

David Prize finalists Dr. Suzette Brown and Dr. Robert Gore discuss trauma and racism as a barrier to improving care for all New Yorkers.

The New York Times

That’s the promise from organizers of the David Prize, a new contest that is seeking applicants with the best ideas of how to…

Fox 5 New York

New Yorkers who have a bold vision to make the city a better brighter place may want to apply for The David Prize, a million-dollar…

Spectrum News NY1

A billionaire wants to give New Yorkers $200,000, no strings attached. The catch? Make a powerful difference in the city you love.

DC 37 Podcast

An interview with The David Prize Executive Director Erika Boll elaborates on the annual award for NYC’s “boldest visionaries.”

Newsday

New York City is getting its own version of the MacArthur “genius” grant.

Bkylner

Last week the Walentas Family Foundation announced “The David Prize,” a new $1 million award program that will support five…

Smart Cities World

Annual prize will award $200,000 to five “trailblazing individuals” who contribute to the social, environmental, economic, and cultural…

QNS

The David Prize invites New Yorkers who love, work and live in one of the five boroughs to submit their best ideas to make the city a…

Hyperallergic

Applications are open for the David Prize through December 1. The prize celebrates five New Yorkers who uniquely contribute to the…

Harlem World

Harlem business owner, Atim Annette Oton announced today in her Calabar Gallery newsletter that she is an advisor for The…