The creative industry lacks representation. Only 26% of these jobs are held by people of color.* We help young artists enter the industry and thrive.

*Source: Bloomberg CityLab (2016)

Art Program for Teens and Gen Z BIPOC Youth

By & For supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) girls and GNC (gender-nonconforming) youth, ages 18-24, who are emerging artists, writers, and media makers.

Every contribution is produced BY BIPOC artists FOR the BIPOC community.

We amplify participants’ creative work, provide a space for them to network with other young creatives, and connect them with our team of seasoned media professionals.

Whether you need promotional materials for your podcast, support developing a sell-able zine, or a platform to promote your writing series, we can help you bring your creative vision to life!

What our participants are saying
Caela Collins By & For Contributor

"By & For has challenged me to push my ideas further and dig deep when approaching my creative work. The program inspires me and really makes me feel empowered. I would highly recommend this program to others because it's given me an opportunity to experience other perspectives that have widened my own lens. I also have an opportunity to meet new interesting peers even in a pandemic!"

- Caela Collins

Caela Collins By & For Contributor
Nia Asemota By & For Artist

"The mission behind the By & For project really resonated with me and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved! Contributing to this amazing project has definitely helped me grow my portfolio. I’ve been trying to push myself and draw more dynamic group pieces and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do so."

- Nia Asemota

Nia Asemota By & For Artist
Anna Nguyen Comic Artist


"By & For has been a wonderful project to be a part of...I deeply value the concept of using media to change cultural norms."

- Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen Comic Artist
See our participants' latest work

Breakthrough Statement on the Appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 8, 2022

From Ally to Accomplice: A Call To Action For Cisgender Women.

March 31, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson Is The Right Choice For The Supreme Court

March 21, 2022

Black Girls Deserve Safety and Compassion, Not Criminalization

March 17, 2022

It’s Time for More Body Diversity on Reality Shows and Beyond

March 1, 2022

Our Stories in Vivid Color: Black Histories and Futures

February 17, 2022

We Need to Talk About Cosby: Breaking Through the Noise of Rape Culture

February 11, 2022

“Now I’m Free” by Caela Collins

October 27, 2021

immortalize. by Caela Collins

September 30, 2021

Artist’s Comic Honors Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 13, 2021

Hum@n L!teracy | International Literacy Day

September 7, 2021

Muslim Writer, Najma Hashi, Combats Negative Stereotypes in Media

August 20, 2021

Commemorating Pride with Nia

July 2, 2021

Allies Promise by Caela Collins

July 1, 2021

Daddreaming by Caela Collins

June 17, 2021

Today is Juneteenth by Caela Collins

June 16, 2021

The Depression Came (Comic) by Anna Nguyen

May 19, 2021

M.O.T.H.E.R. by Caela Collins

May 6, 2021

Galactic Gaia: Earth Month Illustration by Kai Ibarra

April 27, 2021

On The Boat in Victoria Harbor; A Comic by Anna Nguyen

April 23, 2021

Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 2)

April 15, 2021

Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 1)

April 13, 2021

Meet By & For Artist: Anna Nguyen

April 6, 2021

By & For: Powerful Women in Activism

March 29, 2021

A Woman: Poem for International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

Meet Nia Asemota: Artist Contributor to By & For

March 4, 2021

Back Hair Matters And Cultivates Joy

March 3, 2021

Why Black Joy is Important According to 10 Young People

February 18, 2021

A Look Back at Representation in 2020: 8 Ways Black Hair Matters

January 11, 2021

MCNP: Children of Incarcerated Parents

January 4, 2021

MCNP: Former tennis pro, Katrina Adams, tells us her post-election liberation dreams

October 28, 2020

Mobilizing the 2020 Youth Vote: An Interview with Kellen Edmondson, Field Director of HeadCount

October 5, 2020

How To Effect Change Through The Political System

September 25, 2020

MCNP: How athlete and activist Maxwell Pearce uses his platform to speak out against police brutality

September 16, 2020

Expressions of Frida: Bella Canzano Examines Self-Love & Latinx Identity through Vibrant Art & Music

September 10, 2020
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Interested in joining?

If you want to join a community of young BIPOC artists, connect with a team of professional media-makers, build your portfolio and amplify your work, apply now!

Questions? Contact Michelle Rodriguez at


The By & For Program supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) girls and gender non-conforming youth, ages 18-24, who are visual artists, writers, musicians, and video/content creators.

While we consider admission to those at various stages in their creative careers, we give priority to those who are current artists/mediamakers who want to grow their portfolio and build their brand.

We use a variety of digital communication platforms to share the work of By & For contributors, including social media, email campaigns, and our website. Additionally, we seek to connect participants to our extended network of creative and human rights organizations whenever possible. Current contributors have had the opportunity to amplify their work at high-profile events such as the Skoll World Forum and Breakthrough's annual gala. 

Our goal is to help BIPOC youth enter the creative economy. While there is no set time commitment, we are better able to help participants when they create on a regular basis and communicate with our team consistently.

It takes about a week for our team to review your application materials. We will get back to you with our final decision.

Yes, Breakthrough is committed to compensating all By & For contributors for their work. If you are interested in supporting the By & For program, donate here.