Grant #271

Young Black Scholars

December 4, 2017

Sparking conversations and elevating Black students’ voices and visibility.

Humans have a fundamental need to belong, yet in high school ALMOST NOBODY FEELS LIKE THEY BELONG! It’s true: even the people who seem to be the most popular, the most successful, the most talented, report feeling like they never really fit in.

That feeling is magnified and intensified for students who are the obvious minority in a largely white school. Why not make your unique status a point of pride and FEATURE it?

The Young Black Scholars group at Helix Charter High School in California is elevating Black students’ voices and visibility. Of course, there’s a strong sense of community based on similarities and shared experiences.

We love that members are ready to have sparky conversations, we’re betting the club’s new t-shirts (thanks to this Awesome Without Borders grant) will spark a few more.



After 11+ years, we’re signing off and closing applications for good. We’ve supported 571 projects with $571,000 in grant dollars. We’re so proud to have celebrated such incredible work. Please visit for more information on other AWESOME chapters! And thanks for sharing so much awesomeness with us.

Team Awesome Without Borders