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CLPP Receives Ford Foundation Grant

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. The two-year grant provides core support for CLPP's work to educate, mentor and inspire new generations of reproductive rights and health advocates, leaders, and supporters.

"We are delighted and grateful to have the renewed support of the Ford Foundation as we move forward into CLPP's fourth decade of activism," said CLPP director Mia Kim Sullivan. "This grant enables us to expand the reach of CLPP projects and to enhance our work in building and supporting a movement shaped and fueled by young and diverse supporters, organizers, and constituencies."

With foundation and individual support, CLPP's national programming has provided training, networking, and mentoring opportunities for thousands of students and young leaders for 30 years. The program's over-arching goal is to build an expanding, vital, and effective movement for reproductive and sexual rights that addresses barriers to health, autonomy, and access that affect everyone.

With renewed funding from the Ford Foundation, CLPP plans to expand its four widely-respected and sought-after capacity building projects:

CLPP's annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, brings community activists, students, and national and international leaders to Hampshire College each year for three days of education, networking, and inspiration. This year a record-breaking 1,200 community and student activists celebrated CLPP's 30th anniversary at the conference, which was held April 8-10, 2011.

Through its student internship program, the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps, CLPP offers students from nine Western Massachusetts colleges paid employment opportunities each summer in reproductive rights and related social justice organizations across the country.

CLPP's young activist network, the New Leadership Networking Initiative, is geared towards young and emerging leaders in the movement. Through bi-annual meetings, network members hone their skills, build an activist community and create new collaborations that reach across traditional organizational and constituency lines. CLPP's Summer Leadership Institute takes capacity building to a deeper level and provides network members with intensive learning, analysis, and opportunities to learn from both their peers and long-time activists in the field.

About CLPP
Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) is a national campus-based program that educates, mentors and inspires new generations of reproductive and sexual rights activists, leaders, and supporters. CLPP celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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