Acceptd is excited to announce a new partnership with the luxury fashion brand, Gucci, and its Changemakers scholarship initiative. In its third round, Gucci is now accepting applications for the North America Changemakers initiative, powered by Gucci Equilibrium, including the Changemakers Impact Fund for non-profit organizations and the Gucci Scholars program for talented undergraduate and community college students. The program supports grassroots organizations and empowers diverse young people through education by giving a voice to the next generation.
Through support from the Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund, 2021 recipients achieved the following: Sista Afya Community Center in Chicago provided over 175 free therapy sessions to Black women lacking resources to support their mental health; ProjectArt New Orleans will have provided over 100 young adults with free art supplies and hosted 30 enriching art lessons; Weird Enough Productions in Atlanta, which uses diverse media to empower young people and the adults that support them, will have impacted over 200,000 students at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Through support from the Gucci Changemakers Scholars program, the scholarship recipients are not only focused on their academic success, but also achieving their creative and community focused goals. Matthew Williams, who attends Kent State University, hopes to create a learning arts center for youth to explore art forms such as design, dance, and painting; Yetunde Sapp, who attends Parsons School of Design, created SLAChouz, which stands for “Support a Living Artist Collective” house - a BIPOC artist residence and content house that serves as a space for artists to collaborate and access necessary resources to succeed.
The 2022 Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund will support 12 NGOs with one-year grants of $50,000 each. The Gucci Changemakers Scholarship Program will award up to 10 students with a $20,000 one-year scholarship based on their financial need. Acceptd is proud to support Gucci in their search for talented, community-minded changemakers as the next step in our mission to radically serve others.