Five Washington, D.C.-area non-profits recognized for their social innovation efforts

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide funding for local organizations that provide innovative solutions to challenges faced by local Latin American and Caribbean communities

Five non-profit organizations whose work focuses on Latin American and Caribbean migrant communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area have been selected to receive “Improving Lives” grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The organizations, each of which will receive up to $50,000 to support innovative projects aimed at community and economic development, health and well-being, education or the arts, are:

  • CentroNía (Washington, DC): Its project, Full “STEAM” Ahead! is a job embedded teacher training that benefits low-income Latino children and expands the impact of CentroNía’s unique 3 Theatrical Journeys project.
  • Collaborative Solutions for Communities (Washington, DC): Soccer as a tool for youth development and gang intervention provides high risk Latino youth a host of self-development and relational skills as well as a means of diversion from gang violence.
  • DC Doors (Washington, D.C.): Its program, Luminous Futuro, provides families and individuals with case management and support services to tackle homelessness, and poverty.
  • Educación Para Nuestro Futuro, founded by Escuela Bolivia (Arlington, VA): To support its Emerging Leaders Program Robotics Clubto expose Latino/immigrant youth to STEM and helping them to pursue related careers.
  • Nueva Vida (Washington, DC): To support its program Enriching Latino Lives: Feeling a Sense of Control. Supporting Latinos in overcoming barriers to accessing cancer screenings, diagnostics and treatment through the incorporation of patient navigation programs

The grant recipients will participate Sept. 15 in the 2016 Improving Lives Hub, an event to be held at IDB’s Washington headquarters, where they will be recognized for their innovative solutions and will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to IDB employees as potential volunteers.

For more than 18 years, the IDB has supported numerous non-profit organizations supporting the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the U.S. capital. This year, the development bank expanded the reach of its grants program to include neighboring Virginia and Maryland, reflecting the spread of migrant communities throughout the metropolitan area. The program also was adjusted to focus on programs that use innovative means to increase their impact on communities.

This year, the IDB received 54 applications for grants, including 40 from the District of Columbia, 7 from Maryland, and 7 from Virginia.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.