“Dream Summer” is the first national internship program for Dream Act student leaders. The program aims to build on the extraordinary courage and leadership demonstrated by the undocumented students who championed the national Dream Act movement in 2010.
The Leading Edge Fund is a new $2 million fund created to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California. Launched by the Rosenberg Foundation in partnership with the Hellman Foundation, the Leading Edge Fund is awarding $225,000 over three years to each of eight fellows who are tackling deep barriers to opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities.
Today, the chasm between law enforcement and communities of color appears wider than ever. Over the last few years, we’ve seen incident after incident of police brutality, too often against unarmed men of color. No one should ever live in fear of violence at the hands of the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them. At the same time, officers who put their lives on the line for all of us increasingly feel like they are targets themselves.
Real transformation of our justice system will require all hands on deck—all of us working together over the long haul to make bold change possible. That is why we are deeply appreciative of The James Irvine Foundation and our colleagues in philanthropy for responding to this pressing need by investing more than $1.3 million for the statewide expansion of an innovative model that builds trust – and reform – through police and community collaboration.