Foot Locker, Inc and LISC announce funding for 16 organizations focused on improving health, wealth and upward mobility in communities BIPOC

NEW YORK, January 13, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced grant funding for community-based, nonprofit organizations that empower young people from black, indigenous and colored communities (BIPOC). .

Known as the Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, the $ 3 million a joint effort was announced last year to bridge the gaps caused by racial inequalities and promote youth empowerment and community well-being, while supporting community organizations led by people of color.

For LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., this funding is part of larger national efforts focused on economic opportunity and racial equity. The program is inspired by Foot Locker, Inc. $ 200 million commitment to its Leading education and economic development (LEED), which aims to fuel education and economic opportunities within the black community. It also connects to LISCs 10X project strategy to break down systemic barriers and support racial justice.

In this first round of financing from $ 1.26 million, LISC and Foot Locker, Inc. have identified 16 high impact programs in 12 metropolitan areas. A second round of funding is scheduled for spring 2022.

“Creating a more equitable future starts with meaningful investments at the community level,” said Richard johnson, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. “For too long, community organizations led by people of color and the youth they serve have been underinvested and neglected. resources they need to expand their impact. These organizations have a deep connection to the communities they serve and understand the issues they face. With this support, these local groups can advance opportunities for young people in their communities and build a stronger future.

The funded programs range from construction training for young adults to after-school programs for middle school students to socio-emotional counseling for teens. They include mentoring, career development, educational support, life skills and civic engagement.

The grants also respond to the philanthropic gap faced by organizations led by BIPOC. In fact, a 2020 review from The Bridgespan Group and Echoing Green found that black-led nonprofits, such as those included among the beneficiaries, had unallocated net assets 76% lower than those of white-led groups, making more difficult the functioning of their organizations and their impact. .

“The past few years have been difficult for young people, especially in black and brown communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic,” said the CEO of LISC. Lisa glover. “In establishing this program, Foot Locker, Inc. has recognized the continued impact of systemic racism, prioritized the needs of adolescents and young adults, and invested capital in on-the-ground strategies that directly address local challenges. We are grateful for their thoughtful engagement in these important issues. “

The 16 organizations funded by the Community Empowerment Program have received grants ranging from $ 25,000$ 100,000 each, according to the supported programs. They include:

  • City of refuge, Atlanta
    • Workforce / career development, sports, mentoring and STEM programs for young people in the Bankhead community.
  • Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Baltimore
    • Training for young people aged 18 to 24 in construction and technology skills and STEAM, as well as workshops for middle school students in West baltimore.
  • Spark Chicago, Chicago
    • Mentorship program that pairs students with engaged mentors for 13 weeks of engagement each spring.
  • AeroStar Aircraft Institute, Chicago
    • Aviation / Aerospace STEM education and training for Chicago Housing Authority youth ages 13-20.
  • Mercy Street, Dallas
    • Sport, mentorship and leadership programs in the West and South Dallas, which have been limited due to COVID-19.
  • Detroit Phoenix Center, Detroit
    • Reception program for young adults aged 13 to 24 at risk and / or homeless, offering services such as personal care, vocational training and after-school enrichment.
  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Detroit
    • Youth customer service and sales associate training, with direct exposure to relevant careers and work environments.
  • Change is coming, Houston
    • Each of us mentor program for boys and young men in the city’s third quarter to help them overcome daily challenges, build self-confidence and promote well-being.
  • Intensify, Los Angeles
    • A cohort-based program for adolescent girls, which encompasses the development of socio-emotional skills, career experiences and mentoring.
  • Overtown Youth Center, Miami
    • College and career preparation program that offers services ranging from financial literacy to educational support for marginalized youth in Miami-Dade County.
  • Peter Westbrook Foundation, New York
    • The Saturday Fencing Program and Academic Enrichment Program, which provide young people with health and wellness opportunities, mentorship and academic support with a path to quality jobs.
  • Figure skating in Harlem, New York
    • Coaching, tutoring / STEAM, fitness and ice time for over 200 girls in the I Can Excel (ICE) and Summer Dreams programs.
  • Health and Human Resources Education Center, Oakland
    • Improved the Downtown TAY program, whereby youth participate in peer support groups, mentoring sessions with coaches, and job preparation workshops.
  • Community Development Company of the People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia cream
    • Hiring young people as community connectors to help with emergency food distribution and information dissemination in the promising area of ​​West Philadelphia designated by the federal government.
  • The city of Dreams, San Francisco
    • Programming after school and on Saturdays at that of San Francisco Bayview District, including mentoring, field trips, access to a health and wellness advocate, and education / gardening skills.
  • LYRICAL, San Francisco
    • Workforce program to provide low-income LGBTQ + youth of color with culturally competent identity-affirming services that promote education and workforce development.

About Foot Locker, Inc.
Foot Locker, Inc. leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the world through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, atmos, WSS, Footaction and Sidestep. With approximately 3,000 retail stores in 28 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, along with websites and mobile apps, the company’s goal is to inspire and empower the culture of young people around the world by nurturing a shared passion for self-expression and creating unparalleled experiences at the core from the global sneaker community. Foot Locker, Inc. is headquartered in New York City. For more information, please visit

About LISC
LISC is one of the nation’s largest community development organizations, helping to forge vibrant and resilient communities across America. We work with residents and partners to close systemic gaps in health, wealth and opportunity and advance racial equity so that people and places can thrive. Since its creation in 1979, LISC has invested $ 24 billion to create more than 436,320 affordable homes and apartments and develop 74.4 million square feet of commercial, community and educational space. To find out more, visit

SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Company (LISC)

Comments are closed.