In 2016 the United States experienced a rise in hate crimes that has now continued into consecutive years. Local communities have been targeted because of their religion, sexuality, and ethnicity. In response to these recent events, the Gandhi Institute (in partnership with the Farash Foundation) created Youth Healing Hate grants, to empower youth to address the root causes of hate and incivility.

Local youth ages 12-24 can receive up to $1,000 in funding to design a creative solution for fear, hostility, and division within their community. During our first grant cycle in March of 2017, we funded 11 innovative projects that utilized the arts, outreach, and creative educational techniques to promote active nonviolence.

The Youth Healing Hate Grant Application for 2018 can be found here. Proposals are due February 8, 2018.


Designed by Griffin Cross in collaboration with Rochester Kids, this student exchange program brings students together from the Pittsford Central School District and an urban Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) charter school to develop a deeper understanding of the racial and socioeconomic diversity in the Greater Rochester community.

Collaborating to Connect

Designed by Maya Waller and the World of Inquiry Garden club, this project is bringing together Rochester City School District students and police officers together to paint murals that celebrate diversity, inclusion, and peace for their community gardens.

Project Awareness

Designed by Malik Jaff and Thomas Cuyler, this research project uses GIS technology to map and catalogue the physical locations of hate crimes against Muslims surrounding a local mosque.

Painting Peace

Designed by School 17 Student Council with support from Gina Verdin and Kyle Skovira, this project organized the entire school in painting protest signs and banners for peace and holding a community peace march around the school’s community.

MCC Upward Bound Police Civilian Talent Slam

Designed by Isabel Hernandez with MCC Upward Bound, this talent show will bring together entertaining acts from police and local youth to promote relationship building. The talent show is schedules for Saturday, July 29th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Early College International High School.

Art Shakedown

Designed by Gianina Spano, this interactive community event aims to promote peace and unity through mural painting, a drum circle, and meditation. The Art Shakedown will take place Friday, July 14th from 3-7 p.m. at Tay House Lodge on Cobbs Hill.

Peace and Love

Designed by World of Inquiry student Iyanna Davis, this lesson series for 6th graders addresses bullying and building self confidence by helping students design tie-dye t-shirts with positive messages.

Social Justice Theater

Designed by Robert Ricks and Tayalsia Smith, these two theatrical performances put on by youth from the Boys and Girls Club will address bullying in school and promote pride in African-American history.