SparkSF Investment Committee
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In our last Investment Committee, three organizations were reviewed and one was chosen to be our next local grantee. Y-LEAP was one of the organizations discussed. While they weren't chosen this round, we wanted to learn more about their work empowering girls in Oakland and ask questions about the organization.
Y-LEAPS 25 year-old Founder Director, Nakia Dillard, is joining our next Investment Committee to share her story and discuss her vision for Y-LEAP.
Everyone is welcome!
6:00 - 6:30: Networking with wine & pizza
6:30 - 8:30:
- Discussion with Nakia Dillard, Executive Director of Y-LEAP
- Q/A with Nakia Dillard
Spark is a network of young professionals who provide seed grants and pro bono services for upstart grassroots women’s organizations in San Francisco and around the world. The organization is almost entirely volunteer-based, giving young people opportunities for engagement in local and global philanthropy. Spark members identify potential grantees, vote on organizations to support, secure monetary and in-kind donations, and evaluate outcomes. Founded in 2006, Spark is presently the largest network of Millennial philanthropists in the United States. Spark membership is diverse: 50% are men, 40% are people of color, and 65% are first-time donors.
Y-LEAP, which started in 2013, supports and empowers young women through workshops, trainings, mentorship and education. Specific programs are Health and Wellness, Peer to Peer Education, Personal Development, and Mentorship. Y-LEAP currently serves 4 participants and they hope to grow this to 50 by their 5th year. Through a pre-program survey administered to the first 4 Y-LEAP participants, it was determined that these young women struggled with low self-esteem, lack of support and lack of money. As a result, the Y-LEAP team created personal development workshops with creative writing, loving affirmations, vision boards, and SMART goals. They will measure their success through pre and post tests, interviews and focus groups. Testimonies.
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*Spark is a 501(c)(3) organization and all ticket purchases are tax deductible.