Youth in Action

Immigration continues to be a complex issue sparking debate in numerous countries around the globe. Explore data and insights from youth grantmakers and organizations working on issues related to immigration, and learn how you can get involved!

  • $483,200 Total Grant Dollars
  • 90 Grants
  • 43 Funders
  • 66 Recipients

Youth have made a total of $20.1 million in grants across different issue areas since 2001. Learn more

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    Funder Story

    Why Should Youth Care About Immigration?

    By Katherine Muñoz-Amaya

    Last year, I applied to join Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) because I wanted to make a difference in my community and give back the way my mother and grandmother do. While I was familiar with the idea of helping one’s community, philanthropy was a foreign concept to me. I always thought of it as rich and old (but very nice) white guys who gave money to charities—like in the movies. But through my time on the Youth Grantmaking Board, I discovered the incredible and life-changing power of philanthropy to help others, just as my grandmother and mother helped those they love. Read More...

    Steps to Action

    1. Learn about communities.
      Immigrants and refugees come from a multitude of communities. Start learning about who they are by looking at demographic data on different populations and regions. Talk to someone at your school or in your broader community who may be willing to share their story with you — just be prepared to listen.
    2. Identify needs.
      Read up on the different areas where you might focus your efforts. Will you concentrate on children and youth? Or refugees? Or a group with a particular need in your community? Specific population groups face a unique set of challenges, so take time to learn about what those challenges are. If you’re more interested in the big picture, explore the policies and attitudes that affect immigrant and refugee communities at large.
    3. Choose a strategy.
      Using what you’ve learned about potential focus areas and community needs, decide which population and which issue you want to focus on. If you’re part of a team, make sure to talk to each other to figure out what intervention you want to make. If you’re looking to make a policy-based response, check out this resource list made specifically for philanthropists!
    4. Tap into existing work.
      Remember, you don’t have to start from scratch. Take a look at how the programs you already support can incorporate projects that support immigrants and refugees. Already working with a sports program? Inquire about how they can support integrating refugees. Are you already involved with affordable housing efforts? Look into how they can be more accessible to English language learners.
    5. Share your impact.
      Write a blog about your funding experience, or share findings from what you learned and how the community was impacted by your engagement! Other funders can use this to make smart decisions to effect change.

    Organizations to Watch

    Check out these youth-led organizations working on issues related to immigration!

    Know a youth-led group or organization that should be on this list? E-mail us!

    Did You Know?

    In 2015, Germany welcomed one million refugees, more than any other European country. 1/5 of German community foundations made supporting them a top priority.

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