F I E R C E

aka FIERCE   |   Bronx, NY   |  www.fiercenyc.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.  We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Rickke Mananzala

Main address

2427 Morris Ave

Bronx, NY 10468 USA

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EIN

03-0518774

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Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Education for Liberation Project (ELP)

In order to build the power of our community we have to build the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE does this through our Education for Liberation Project (ELP).

 

ELP is a paid leadership development program which provides comprehensive community organizing, political education, and anti-oppression trainings to new and active members of FIERCE. ELP combines interactive workshops and practical hands-on experience in organizing. Ultimately, ELP strives to help develop a new generation of community organizers dedicated to social justice work in historically underserved communities. This unique program provides a systematic way for LGBTQ youth to gather the self-esteem, skills, and knowledge required to effectively advocate to transform institutions that impact their lives.

Population(s) Served

FIERCE is committed to exercising our power through strategic campaigns that win real victories for our communities. We ground our work within a long-term vision of changing the structures and root causes that give rise to the challenging conditions our communities face.

Population(s) Served

In order to create real social change in our communities,FIERCE believes we need to build a sizable membership base. We build our membership base through street outreach, monthly base-building events, and presentations at LGBTQ youth service organizations. To date, FIERCE has reached thousands of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC with our membership base exceeding 1300 LGBTQ youth of color.

Population(s) Served

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released a report in 2007, which stated that 20 – 40% of the 1.6 million homeless youth nationally are LGBTQ identified. These staggering statistics point to the opportunity and obligation to not only more systematically address the dire needs of an inevitably growing population at risk, but to also have the LGBTQ movement embrace and promote emerging young leaders and the critical issues impacting their lives.

FIERCE’s newly emerging National Program came out of an organizational decision to respond to a clear need to support LGBTQ youth organizing and LGBTQ youth leadership in broader social justice movement-building efforts. 

The National Program responds to two critical and timely challenges in the LGBTQ movement: 

A critical gap in youth leadershiparticularly youth of color and low-income youth.

A critical gap in the leadership and political power of young people through direct action organizing and leadership development. While many LGBTQ youth organizations focus solely on direct services or advocacy, we also need to support LGBTQ youth as political actors and change makers.

Population(s) Served

The primary purpose of FIERCE’s youth development and community-building programs is to build and foster a stronger and more stable sense of self and community. Our approach to youth development and community-building is not isolated from our organizing work. On the contrary, this work serves as the underpinning to the building and exercising of our collective community power.

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F I E R C E

Board of directors
as of 5/10/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

J. Bob Alotta

Independent Film Maker

Andre Banks

Independent Communications and New Media Professional

Natalie Chin

Lambda Legal

Raquel Laviña

Social Justice Leadership

Naomi Jackson

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Thomas Lax

Studio Museum Harlem

Micia Mosely

Diversity and Education Facilitator

Felicia Pless

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Health Outreach To Teens (HOTT) Program

Karen Thompson

No Affiliation

Julienne Brown

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Ronak Kapadia

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