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 Change Happens! wins grant to narrow gaps in health, wealth, and opportunity for Houston youth

Houston (Jan. 13, 2022)—Change Happens! announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Foot Locker Foundation Community Engagement Program to empower youth in Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities..


The funding—part of a partnership between the Foot Locker Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)—is designed to bridge gaps in health, wealth, and upward mobility driven by racial inequity and promote youth empowerment and community wellness—all while supporting community-based organizations led by people of color.


For both LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., this funding is part of larger national efforts focused on economic opportunity and racial equity. The program draws from Foot Locker, Inc.’s $200 million commitment to its Leading Education and Economic Development (LEED) initiative, which is focused on fueling education and economic opportunity within the Black community. It also connects to LISC’s Project 10X strategy to break down systemic barriers and support racial justice.


Change Happens!, is one of 16 organizations funded through the new Community Engagement Program, which spans 12 metro areas where Foot Locker and LISC have a significant presence. It builds on the partners’ shared goal to inspire and empower youth, and it recognizes that organizations led by minorities and servicing Black and Brown communities often face unique funding constraints. For example, a 2020 assessment from The Bridgespan Group and Echoing Green found that Black-led nonprofits had unrestricted net assets that were 76 percent lower than those of White-led groups, making it more difficult to operate their organizations and grow their impact.


“Creating a more equitable future begins with meaningful investments at the community level,” said Richard Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. “Through LEED and the Community Empowerment Program, we are providing local nonprofits like Change Happens! the tools and resources they need to expand their impact. Organizations like Change Happens! have a deep connection to the communities they serve and understand the issues they face. With this support, local groups like Change Happens! will advance opportunities for youth in communities that have been underserved, underinvested in, and overlooked for too long.”


Change Happens! has been focused on issues related to racial equity and youth for many years. It has had an outsized impact on residents through its variety of programs and services for youth and adults. 


“Local organizations like Change Happens! are critical because they directly respond to the challenges that young people face every day, especially in communities of color,” said LISC CEO Lisa Glover. “By investing in education, workforce development and mentorship programs, we can not only help young people overcome long-standing hurdles to success, we can also help make local economies work better for everyone.”

About Foot Locker, Inc. 

Foot Locker, Inc. leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, atmos, WSS, Footaction, and Sidestep. With approximately 3,000 retail stores in 28 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as websites and mobile apps, the Company's purpose is to inspire and empower youth culture around the world by fueling a shared passion for self-expression and creating unrivalled experiences at the heart of the global sneaker community. Foot Locker, Inc. has its corporate headquarters in New York. For additional information, please visit  


About LISC

LISC is one the country’s largest community development organizations, helping forge vibrant, resilient communities across America. We work with residents and partners to close systemic gaps in health, wealth and opportunity and advance racial equity so that people and places can thrive. Since our founding in 1979, LISC has invested $24 billion to create more than 436,320 affordable homes and apartments and develop 74.4 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit




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