2020 Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund
Legal-name: Brighter Future Charity
Address: 2374 Eucalyptus Ave
Address2: Apt 2374
City: Long Beach
Contact-title: Fundraising Director
Grant-title: The Autism Gives Back Program
Grant-purpose: The Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund would support the Autism Gives Back Program, which provides a safe and welcoming environment with appropriate levels of support during social, professional, cultural, and recreational events. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) practice and develop their social and professional skills during fun and life-enhancing community events.
What-is-project: Brighter Future Charity (BFC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles, California that supports individuals affected by Autism by providing life-long assistance. Our organization pairs individuals who fall on the autism spectrum with a skills coach and volunteers to help foster professional and social skill development through shared experiences in the community. Our program nurtures self-discovery for individuals with Autism to learn and practice social and career skills unique to their wants and needs. We strive to foster inclusivity amongst all communities. We work towards providing individuals on the autism spectrum opportunities to develop lasting relationships in their communities and make new friends on the spectrum and new friends who are not.
One of the most considerable challenges facing families with individuals affected by Autism is how will the individual support himself or herself as they enter adulthood? Many of the social and professional skills needed to obtain and maintain a job are challenging for individuals with Autism. Our organization uses events to train and model core job skills through guided practice with our skills coach and assisted interactions with event patrons and vendors. Participants acquire generalizable skills and proficiencies in social communication and social reciprocity. This is established through the repetitive learned generalizable skills of practicing maintaining eye contact, giving and receiving compliments, learning how to use a point of sales system for credit cards, event marketing efforts, and appropriate follow up with customers if needed.
The Autism Gives Back Program provides opportunities through our workshops to connect with other participants, work together to solve problems, plan and execute the creation of a product, and present and sell that product to the community. Each team is assigned one of our support staff to facilitate the participant run workshop. The Long Beach Airport flight pattern directly impacts BFC and the individuals we support in the Autism Community. The Grant would continue BFC’s mission and cause to provide life-long assistance to individuals with Autism.
How-will-you-succeed: Autism can cause social interactions and new settings to be a challenge. With our social coach’s help, individuals with Autism learn to tolerate uncomfortable situations, adjust their approach to healthier coping mechanisms, and develop vital social skills and competencies. Our coach supports participants to practice these new skills in a safe and welcoming community-based environment. Individuals with Autism have unique needs concerning learning independence and self-discovery due to their core challenges in social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication. Participants in our program practice in professional environments and learn to create professional relationships with the support from our skills coach.
Brighter Future measures the success of our programs, events, and fundraisers by the respite opportunities we provide our participants and their families in joining their local communities with shared memories and experiences. Along with implementing and achieving the six strategies for success for each of our participants. Our event-based program nurtures self-discovery for individuals with Autism to learn and practice social and career skills unique to their wants and needs. We strive to foster inclusivity amongst all communities. We work towards providing individuals on the autism spectrum opportunities to develop lasting relationships in their communities and make new friends on the spectrum and new friends who are not. By these standards, BFC measures its success and effective social advocacy.
The Walmart Foundation has supported BFC with a grant of $8,500 that has been accepted and dispersed. The Staple’s Foundation has awarded BFC with a grant of $3,500 that has been received and distributed. BFC has received an anonymous cash donation of $5000 that has been accepted and dispersed. BFC will continue their endeavors in grant writing and has been doing so since 2012. Lastly, BFC acknowledges its sponsors, donations, Grant Awards, and all other gifts with a letter from our Founder, Mila Larios, and participants in The Autism Gives Back Program. Along with a social media acknowledgment or announcement on all BFC’s platforms and websites.
Who-are-you: Brighter Future Charity is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to enriching and empowering the lives of youth, adults, and families within the Autism Community. We promote and foster inclusivity for all and believe everyone has a gift to share with the world. Brighter Future Charity is a highly diversified non-profit that believes inclusivity is the answer to providing support and aid to vulnerable and marginalized populations. BFC runs and operates predominantly by women of color and men of military affiliation, and persons with disabilities. Brighter Future Charity was first founded on March 24, 2012, by Mila Larios and has been striving for inclusivity in all communities since. The Autism Gives Back Program was established in June of 2017 by Zach Friesen. Furthermore, Monique Sandoval joined Brighter Future as a Fundraising and Clinical Director in the expansion of Brighter Future and the services and programs provide.
Brighter Future Charity supports individuals affected by Autism by providing life-long assistance through social and professional coaching. Many of BFC’s participants would not have the direct access or would have limited engagement with their communities if not for Brighter Future’s events, social gatherings, and field-outings. The ethnicity of the majority of BFC’s participants and their families are Hispanic and African American and are of low socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder financially on a family or individual does create additional hardship and potential limit to services and resources. Brighter Future mitigates this gap between our participants and their families by providing resources, information, and opportunities in the community to feel included and welcomed. Many of our participants would not have the ability financially to participate in Brighter Future’s Autism Gives Back Program without the sponsorship and donations from our program. For all these reasons and many more, Brighter Future Charity is the right charity to do what we do and support the Autism Community.