Community Education Center: The Community Education Center (CEC) is a non-profit, community based arts and education center whose mission is to strengthen the sense of shared community and culture among peoples of differing backgrounds and cultures through the arts. CEC has served as the fiscal sponsor for First Person since Spring 2005.
YOUTHadelphia: YOUTHadelphia is the Youth Advisory Committee of the Fund for Children at The Philadelphia Foundation. The mission of YOUTHadelphia is to give Philadelphia teens opportunities to build youth power by being in control of giving back to their communities through funding youth-led projects. YOUTHadelphia has twice awarded grants to First Person (2004 & 2005).
The School District of Philadelphia: In 2004, the School District of Philadelphiaï¿½s Office of Specialized Services supported First Person as a professional development tool for secondary counselors. In 2006, the School District of Philadelphia’s Human Resources Department is supporting First Person as a recruitment tool for new teachers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education: In 2004 and 2005, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and its Project 720 have supported First Person as an educational tool to promote K-16 awareness and college readiness state-wide.
The Children Can Shape the Future Foundation: in 2007, CCSF awarded First Person a $25,000 grant to support completion of the film and the Summer 2007 pilot of our new outreach effort.
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund: The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is a non-profit corporation established by Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council to support and enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The Fund promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development in the Philadelphia region. Grants are made from the City budget allocation to the Cultural Fund for operating support of Philadelphia-based arts and cultural organizations. The Cultural Fund supported First Person for the first time in 2007.
GEAR-UP: In 2004, the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs program, which assists low-income middle school students aspire to, plan, and prepare for college, supported completion and distribution of the First Person Trailer and purchase of videocameras for First Person participants.
The Wedge Medical Center: The Wedge Medical Center provides mental health and substance abuse treatment to Philadelphians in need. In 2006, the Wedge Medical Center provided a generous donation in support of postproduction for the feature film.
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform: In Summer 2007, AISR partnered with First Person to support the pilot of our new outreach effort.
Temple University College of Education: In 2004, Temple University’s College of Education supported early production on the feature-length First Person project.
5-County Arts Fund: First Person was supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding come through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
The New City Writing Project: In 2004, New City Writing provided seed money for planning on the First Person Trailer.