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By & For

By & For is the creative incubator for Breakthrough’s Our Stories: In Vivid Color initiative. Given the uncertainty of work opportunities for young creatives, we help facilitate their participation in the creative economy by commissioning artists and activists to share artwork, graphics, poems, articles or TikTok videos. Through these creative collaborations, we are able to offer curated storytelling and branding support to our young writers, podcasters, and other media-makers, along with access to a network of like-minded peers and various partner organizations to create media on their own terms.

Check out our collaborations below!

By & For: Black Youth

Partnership with the Black Youth Project, By & For: Black Youth, is a written series documenting the issues affecting Black girls and gender non-conforming youth. This series aims to amplify the voices and stories of young Black writers, along with offering them editorial support and access to our community and partners. 

By & For: A Tik Tok Community

By & For: A TikTok Community is a series of short, fun, informative videos exploring issues around racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. Featured in each TikTok is a BIPOC artist, activist and/or media maker, who receives production support from our Breakthrough team. 

By & For: A Podcast Community

By & For: A Podcast Community features original podcasts from our youth media partners!

My Colorful Nana Project

Founded by Our Stories: In Vivid Color storyteller, Lauren Stockman Brown, the My Colorful Nana Project podcast is an exploration of the unique, systemic and historical oppression on Black women’s hair. In collaboration with a collective of “Generous Thinkers”, the My Colorful Nana podcast invites all people to deepen their understanding of Black hair as it relates to identity politics, cultural identity, and queer ethics. 

Expressions of Frida

Join artists, plant mamas, and former cubicle buddies, Pam and Christina, as they explore the importance of activism using art (#Artivism) in the Expressions of Frida Podcast (EoF). Each episode will feature discussions on harnessing the power of art to spark social change, along with spotlighting the work and stories of womxn of color, visual artists, musicians, poets, and more!

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