TODAY OUR CHILDREN MAY BE 50% OF OUR POPULATION, BUT THEY ARE 100% OF OUR FUTURE!
As we stand in the gap to provide critical educational resources to support the arts, music, entrepreneurship, and athletics in our communities around the world. Through the MONAT Gratitude Grants program, eligible registered nonprofit organizations working in these areas may apply for grants to support their programs and services.
WHY YOUTH EDUCATION?
The Gap: Cuts in education budgets across the world have been particularly difficult on extracurricular programming. Nonprofit organizations have stepped in to fill the gaps in programming and open opportunities for children in all communities.
These activities help children develop motor skills, language, social skills, decision-making, healthy risk-taking, and inventiveness. They provide challenges for learners at all levels.
This programming reduces the incidence of violence and school dropouts, while simultaneously increasing graduation rates and the likelihood that students will pursue educational opportunities beyond high school.
These activities teach students the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community.
GRANT RECIPIENT ORGANIZATIONS
The MONAT Gratitude Foundation has invested more than $600,000 USD through the MONAT Gratitude Grants program, and we are thrilled to support the following organizations.
The Good Chat Foundationprovides holistic programs todisadvantaged young people in Western Australia. Theirmission is to use sport, dance, and physical activity toimprove mental health outcomes for at-risk, disadvantagedyouth in the remote communities. Their MONAT GratitudeGrant will be used to implement a mental health educationcomponent to youth sporting programs in the community
The Ronald McDonald House provides a free home away from home for sick and injured children and their families experiencing difficulty. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support implementing an art program for the children that aligns with the school curriculum, allowing them to partake in quality visual art classes while staying at Ronald McDonald House. The program will provide children with creative, tactile ways to link their learning to cross-curricular out comes through art and support their overall education
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation aims to protect and re store the environment through research, education, action, and community engagement. The funding fromMONAT Gratitude will support the organizations GO Crew program that engages female-identifying youth with emotional, cognitive, and behavioral challenges in out door recreational, leadership, team building, creative, and science-based activities.
Green Thumbs Growing Kids’ mission is to cultivate environmental stewardship through hands-on garden and food education for urban children and their communities.Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support their six-month program designed to help young people cope with their mental health concerns through movement.
I Love First Peoples empowers Indigenous children and youth to succeed through education and the motivation to stay in school. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support creative sewing and skills labs for remote communities.
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc.’s mission is to inspire children and youth to reach their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will benefit theSistema NB Nutritious Snack program to support the nutrition and health needs of the children they support.
Rebound is a caring partner in the successful development of youth that has served more than 40,000 young people through programs focused on life skills facilitation, education, and cognitive skill development.Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support Rebound’s Expressive Arts program and their Art and Mindfulness workshops.
Skills for Change of Metro Toronto provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees to access and fully participate in the workplace and wider community. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will be used to support The Black Youth in Entrepreneurship initiative, which is a workshop series that provides youth with the opportunity to learn how turn their business ideas into actionable next steps.
VASS is committed to making the mountains accessible for all by providing adaptive snow sports programs for individuals with disabilities at Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains in Vancouver, BC. Their MONAT Gratitude grant will be used to help volunteers gain Canadian Adaptive Snow sports memberships, training, and certification to give them the skill and knowledge to teach snow sports to individuals with various disabilities.
Children and Youth Leisure Center’s mission is to create conditions for children and youth to succeed in music. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the purchase of new instruments and other equipment for educational programs.
VšĮ futbolo klubas "Ataka"works to integrate socially vulnerable and Ukrainian war refugee children in local communities through sport. Funding from MONAT Gratitude will support the purchase of high-quality sports equipment to allow the organization to provide safe and effective youth programming.
The Lithuanian Children’s Foundation is one of the longest operating charity foundations in Lithuania, with a history spanning more than 30 years. The organization’s success in working with Lithuanian children and families can be attributed to adopting various new research-based methodologies and methods. Their MONAT Gratitude Grantwill allow the organization to integrate new software into theirliteracy programs, improving self-esteem and future higherlearning opportunities.
The Carmen Dance Center Foundation aims to enable children and adolescents to cultivate their passions and dreams–particularly in sports and arts–at the highest level. Their MONAT Gratitude grant will support a series of cultural arts and dance experiences for youth to participate in classes, meet professionals and be inspired.
IT Girls Foundation aims to associate, inspire, educate, and promote positive role models among children, youth, and adults interested in careers in technology. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the Young Entrepreneur program that equips high school students with knowledge and skills to start their own businesses.
Foundation Pozytywka is dedicated to supporting children from low-income families with big needs. They provide numerous activities to enhance a child’s overall educational experience. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will allow them to enhance their activities by providing a “Day Room” where children will receive help with schoolwork and opportunities to participate in new creative arts programs.
Fundación Deporte Joven believes children acquire healthy habits, approach life enthusiastically, and incorporate the values of sport in their daily behavior through physical activity.Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will allow them to expand their current programs and impact more than 100 children this year.
Keiskamma Friends UK aims to encourage hope and support for the vulnerable while working to address issues of poverty through comprehensive programs and partnerships. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will fund instruments, transportation, and other resources for the Keiskamma Music Academy.
Powerjam Band Project Community Interest Company’s mission is to provide the support and infrastructure that allows young people of varying backgrounds to naturally gain confidence and self-esteem both musically and on a personal level, while learning the importance of teamwork, collaboration, self-expression and accountability through doing what they love. The MONAT Gratitude Grant will help fund their ongoing programming as well as create availability for 12 more disadvantaged youth to participate.
Adrienne Arsht Center Trust, Inc.’s mission is to engage and connect people from every corner of our community through artistic excellence and inspiring educational experiences. The MONAT Gratitude funds will support its flagship arts education program, Learning Through the Arts, helping ensure that all geographical and financial barriers to accessing the performing arts are removed.
A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support A Precious Child’s give SPORTS program, which provides sports equipment and resources to children in need, so they have the opportunity to participate in sports.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s mission is to build an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and education, and community programs for all people. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the organization’s national outreach programs for youth.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the organization’s Art for All program.
Celebrating You Inc.’s mission is to ensure all youth reach their full potential by empowering, equipping and preparing them to be successful. The MONAT Gratitude funding will help the organization grow its Youth Entrepreneurship andFinancial Literacy Program in the Houston, TX area.
Education Through Music–Los Angeles’s mission is to provide and promote quality music education in under-resourced schools as part of the core curriculum for every child to nurture their academic achievement as well as their creative and overall development. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will fund 16 school partnerships located in low-income areas.
Girls on the Run International is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential to pursue her dreams. The MONAT Gratitude funds will allow youth from underserved communities in North America to benefit from the organization’s exemplary youth development program.
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support program scholarships for under served communities.
Guitars Over Guns creates safe spaces for youth to express themselves through music and empowers them to make positive choices at school, at home, and in their communities.Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the organization’s after-school arts-based mentorship program.
Happiness Is Camping, Inc.’s mission is to provide children with cancer and their siblings a residential camp experience along with sophisticated medical care for campers—both on and off treatment. The program allows campers to participate in sports and the more active components of the camp experience. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the organization’s Beyond Cancer initiative, which aims to improve long-term outcomes for childhood cancer survivorship.
HEAL Center for the Arts is committed to making quality arts programming accessible to all students, especially those from diverse urban communities in need of equitable and inclusive community engagement. The MONAT Gratitude funds will support the purchase of critical equipment for the organization’s six high-level music program offerings.
TheIM ABLE Foundation removes obstacles that keep people with challenges on the sidelines, providing them access to programs and equipment tailored to their needs and a community of all abilities to support them. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support Operation Lead from the Front, a program that fosters exercise-based relationships between veterans and individuals with challenges
Junior Achievement is empowering over 7,000 young people in Greater Lafayette to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the expansion of Junior Achievement programming in schools.
Kids Excel El Paso, Inc.’s mission is to positively impact the development of young students through its unique arts education outreach. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will be used to provide access to high-quality arts education to a primarily at-risk student population in El Paso County, Texas.
Los Robles Children’s Choir’s mission is to strive for excellence in choral singing by awakening and encouraging the artistry in each child. The MONAT Gratitude grant will fund a theory instructor and key supplies for the organization’s quality music education programs.
Miracle Foundation of Arts and Academic’s mission is to provide K–8 academic education, music, and arts instruction, as well as mentoring and workshops to empower children to reach their fullest potential. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will fund instruments, instructors, and other resources for their school day and summer camp programs.
Motown Historical Museum, Inc.’s mission is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the authentic Motown Story as a platform for others to flourish as thinkers, creators, neighbors, and entrepreneurs.Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support its Hitsville NEXT SPARK and IGNITE summer camps, which use a performing-arts-based curriculum to reveal the unique artistic voice and talents of participating youth.
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship empowers young people to own their futures, promoting more equitable access to economic opportunity through effective entrepreneurship education. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program, which provides students with opportunities to build skills, confidence, and know-how to recognize their potential and pursue their futures
One City at VanderCook College of Music’s mission is to improve educational access for children and families, help children develop life skills through music, and provide valuable teaching experience. The MONAT Gratitude Grant will fund weekly lessons during the school year for several students as well as the purchase of new violins.
The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to making the fine and industrial arts accessible for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the development of a new Playing for ChangeFoundation program in Cusco, Peru.
Price Hill Will’s mission is to create systematic change in thePrice Hill neighborhood through equitable physical, civic, social, economic, and creative development that improves the quality of life for all families in our community. The MONAT Gratitude Grant will be used to support tuition-free, daily music programming for children in Price Hill.
RuckusRoots’s mission is to empower the under represented citizens of Los Angeles to create a sustainable future through art. The MONAT Gratitude funds will support the Rebel GardenProject, which is a food justice and urban gardening internship for systems-impacted youth from South Los Angeles.
Saving Amy empowers individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness by transforming lives through mentoring, teaching life skills, educational advancement, and financial stability through employment. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support theKids Go program, a year-long mentoring and tutoring program that pairs high school mentors with youth.
Brightlane Learning’s mission is to transform the lives of students impacted by homelessness and housing in stability with personalized tutoring and academic support while advocating for their families as they navigate the educational system. The MONAT Gratitude Grant will allow the organization to infuse art into the curriculum used in their Tutoring and Academic support programming in school and community partners during the 2022-23 school year.
South End Soccer’s mission is to give urban youth the opportunity to play the world’s most popular sport, regardless of prior experience or economic means; and to use soccer as a tool to connect and strengthen the diverse community. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will be used to under write the per-player costs of the SES Youth Soccer League, allowing the organization to maintain their model of free, quality programming for all.
St. Louis Art Works aims to enrich the lives of the region’s youth by providing art education, essential job skill training, and exposure to career opportunities through paid apprenticeships in the arts. Funding from MONAT Gratitude will support the organization’s year-round programming for underserved youth.
The TeenPreneur Foundation equips and empowers teens with real-world skills through entrepreneurial and technological training, music, and the arts while enhancing their capacity to make healthier life choices and become better citizens of our community and nation. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the Young Entrepreneurs Succeed!! (Y.E.S.) - - Spirit of Entrepreneurship Program.
The Crucible’s mission is to inspire creative exploration and expression through welcoming, hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds, making the transformative experience of making art accessible to all, regardless of income. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the Bike Program, which teaches students to acquire tangible skills in mechanics while simultaneously providing no-cost bicycle fabrication and repair services for the community, ensuring everyone can access safe and reliable transportation.
The Home Team- Miami Inc.’s mission is to measurably improve the lives of Miami - Dade public school students through engagement with academic, sports and business leaders. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will allow the organization to continue providing the Anti-Bully / Jujitsu component of its Empowerment Program to approximately 80 K fifth-grade participants during the 2022–23 school year.
With a focus on education, vocation and life skills, the Immokalee Foundation offers students the tools, opportunities, and support they need to succeed at each level of their education—whether they choose a college, vocational programs, or certifications that lead to financial independence. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support students in the organization’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship Career Pathway.
The Philadelphia Youth Football Academy provides student-athletes with a comprehensive year-round curriculum administered in collaboration with the most well-respected and accomplished firms in both athletics and academics to help their graduates thrive in college. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support the Academy’s after-school and summer camp programs.
The Salvation Army of Miami hosts a 258-bed shelter, annually serves over one million meals, and provides emergency and long-term support for those who need it most. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support The Salvation Army’s Summer Music Camp program.
The Smith Center for Performing Arts mission is to inspire artists, audiences, and their diverse community through great performances, enriching experiences and engaging educational programming. The MONAT Gratitude funds will support the Links to Literature Artist Residency program, including purchasing books for approximately 1,800 students.
Together We Rise’s mission is to transform the way youth navigate the foster care system. The MONAT Gratitude Funds will be used to purchase supplies to assemble a minimum of 100 bicycles and accompanying helmets.
Youth At Heart provides education, recreation, and social development programs to youth in Tulsa’s socio-economically challenged neighborhoods. Their MONAT Gratitude Grant will support Youth At Heart’s after-school and summer enrichment programs.