First Talent Academy Earns McCune Funding

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Cooperative Network Spotlight

We love to highlight members and community stakeholders in our Cooperative Network and showcase their great work across the community!  This month, members of our first Talent Academy successfully obtained recent funding from McCune Charitable Foundation.
Hakim Bellamy received funding for Positive Policing, using art to create community between police officers and at-risk populations.  He co-founded the African American Community Economics Transformation Study to provide outcomes-based solutions to the most pressing needs facing Black families in New Mexico.  Find out more by following them on Facebook:
Tina Garcia-Shams is the Executive Director for Street Food Institute(SFI) and just received operating funds from McCune.    SFI is an entrepreneurial training and workforce development program that works with individuals that are interested in starting their own small food business and/or working in the food industry.
Melissa Leonard is a Resource Development Officer for The Grant Plant.  There, she is responsible for developing, writing, and submitting grant proposals to public and private entities. Melissa secured funding for City Alive, for their Community Navigators Program.

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