You're invited to gather with your friends at Third Wave Fund and celebrate the inaugural cohort of our Grow Power Fund: Asian American Organizing Project, Assata's Daughters, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Trans Queer Pueblo, West Fund, and Youth Organizing Institute.
Join the full Third Wave staff team to toast to these six organizations that embody intersectional gender justice activism and that make movement building irresistible! Our 2017 Grow Power Grantees flew all across the country to join us for their first annual convening so jump on the 6 bus and meet us for drinks at the Promontory.
The Grow Power Fund is dedicated to the growth of emerging organizations led by and for young women, trans, gender non-conforming, and queer people of color. The Grow Power Fund provides long-term support with 6 years of grant funding, trainings, and convenings.
Meet our inaugural Grow Power Fund cohort:
Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) — Minneapolis, MN
Recognized as one of the only staffed Asian American organizations in the Twin Cities centering community organizing and mobilization, Asian American Organizing Project is focused on building the power of Asian communities through a queer, feminist lens.
Assata’s Daughters — Chicago, IL
If you’ve heard about the Chicago activists who protested outside a planned appearance by Donald Trump, shut down rush hour streets outside ICE’s regional offices, interrupted traffic during the NFL Draft, or successfully unseated an incumbent State’s Attorney with the #ByeAnita campaign, then you probably know Assata’s Daughters without even realizing it.
Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) — Los Angeles, CA
Founded in the post-DREAM Act era of immigration reform, Immigrant Youth Coalition has built a dynamic undocumented youth-led movement anchored in Southern California centering of queer women and non-binary leadership and the growth of direct action, deportation defense, queer and trans-specific detention support, and Black undocumented immigration analysis.
Trans Queer Pueblo (TQP) — Phoenix, AZ
Formed from the merger of a queer undocumented immigrant justice collective and a support network led by and for trans women of color impacted by immigration enforcement, detention, and deportation, Trans Queer Pueblo works for the collective physical and mental liberation of LGBTQ migrants through social and economic justice, rejecting queer and trans migrant criminalization, borders of racism, identity based phobias, violence, and marginalization.
West Fund — El Paso, TX
Reproductive justice will only be possible when all people have the information, ability, and resources to make their own healthcare decisions. Through education, community building, and abortion access funding, West Fund is putting this vision into motion, working hard to counter the oppressive legislation imposed by their state by directly funding abortions, essential support even after the favorable ruling in the recent Whole Women’s Health case from the Supreme Court.
Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) — Durham, NC
Youth Organizing Institute is a political home that prepares young people to be organizing within their schools and within other racial, gender, and social justice movements as anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-worker, anti-POC legislation and policies have been introduced in North Carolina over the past five years.
— Third Wave Fund
Third Wave Fund is the only national activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer and trans people under 35 years of age. Third Wave Fund resources and supports youth-led gender justice activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities.