Baton Rouge youth group wins $2M in open call contest

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition won $2 million from an American philanthropist’s program.

MacKenzie Scott, organizer of Yield Giving, held an open call for non-profit organizations based on their work in their community. The open call received over 6,000 applicants and was planned to give 250 winning groups $1 million.

The initiative was launched in March 2023 and by Fall 2023, the award-winning amount and winners had increased. Over 360 organizations nationwide were given money to continue their missions.

“We are excited that our partnership with Yield Giving has resonated with so many organizations,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. “In a world teeming with potential and talent, the Open Call has given us an opportunity to identify, uplift, and empower transformative organizations that often remain unseen.”

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BRYC’s mission is to help underserved youth excel in high school; enter, persist through, and graduate from college; and secure career-track jobs, according to the organization’s website.

“This monumental win is a testament to the tireless work of so many,” said Lucas Spielfogel, BRYC’s executive director. “Together we have built not just an organization whose methods and metrics stand out nationally, but a community whose soul and strength cannot be denied.”

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