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Apply for an MJAF Scholarship


MJAF is accepting entries for their fall scholarships.

Scholarships of $500.00 are being offered to those whose life has been personally affected by gun violence 


1. Must be in college and able to provide transcript as well as current semester schedule.

2. Submit a 500 word essay explaining how gun violence has affected your life.

3. Submissions must be received by September 24 , 2021. No LATE entries will be accepted.



The Sky Has Caring Eyes

Our founder, Michelle Barnes-Anderson, has published a book called The Sky Has Caring Eyes, a way to discuss death with small children. Proceeds will directly benefit MJAF.

Buy the book here: https://www.archwaypublishing.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/832380-the-sky-has-caring-eyes

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The cover of the book.


The Melquain Jatelle Anderson Foundation is a community service organization in Brooklyn, New York. The Foundation provides support and comfort to victims of gun violence and their families. In addition, the foundation partners with local community organizations to provide support and healing through memorials, events, and coronavirus-related aid.

The Melquain Jatelle Anderson Memorial Scholarship and Emergency Fund supports undergraduate students in their studies and through emergencies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The Scholarship and Fund are in honor of the memory of Melquain Jatelle Anderson, a Brooklyn Knight and John Jay Student. He worked throughout his life to help young men attain their education, and was dedicated in all ways to supporting the community. Melquain touched the lives of everyone he knew. The Scholarship and Fund are part of his continued legacy. The Fund is also called Fighting4U, in honor of its social justice mission.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide social justice and civic engagement  initiatives that promote public and environmental safety and bring communities together.  We mentor, encourage, and engage individuals to enroll in educational and community programs.  We provide healing and wellness activities for families and members of the communities affected by gun violence.


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Our new office space in Brooklyn – we are in the midst of getting it ready!