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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2009.
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project, designed to ensure that schools serving disadvantaged students receive equal funding and resources. The grant will also provide for monitoring of the Baltimore City Public School System's budget allocations in an effort to assess the impact of increased expenditures on academic achievements.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For continued funding of Supporting Public Schools of Choice, an advocacy and technical assistance project designed to strengthen charter, new, innovation, and transformation schools in Baltimore City, with a focus on increasing the achievement of students in these schools. Along with the Coalition of Baltimore Charter Schools, the initiative advocates for a collective voice of Baltimore City's charter and other new schools, greater local autonomy, a stronger state charter law, and positive outcomes for children attending these schools.
Baltimore City Public School System/Baltimore Montessori Charter School
Toward final expenses of roof repairs necessary to bring the former Mildred Monroe Elementary School building up to code. The charter school is serving as Baltimore's first public school to offer the Montessori curriculum.
Baltimore City Public School System/National Academic League
For support of the 2009-2010 National Academic League (NAL) in 26 Baltimore City public middle grades schools. The NAL games are designed to function as an athletic event, with team practices after school two to three times a week under the guidance of teacher mentors (coaches). Interscholastic competitions are held every two weeks. Teams that place first and second go on to compete in the national tournament through video conferencing. The goal is to strengthen student knowledge in all disciplines, particularly mathematics.
Baltimore City Public School System/National Academy Foundation High School (NAF)
Planning grant for the establishment of an Academy of Engineering for the 2011-2012 school year. NAF will expand its career and technology program with an Academy of Engineering designed to prepare graduates for entrance into post-secondary engineering and technology curricula.
Baltimore Reads, Inc.
Toward the creation of a business plan for financial stability of the Baltimore Reads Book Bank, which provides donated books to city schools and community programs. The plan will explore a social entrepreneurship model to create a Book Exchange as a revenue stream.
For fourth-year support of the College Retention Project for Last Dollar Grant scholarship recipients at nine participating colleges with the goal of increasing college graduation rates. The grant provides for the hiring of two advisors who will have the responsibility of linking students with appropriate campus-based services, such as peer advising, faculty mentoring, academic tutoring, and lifestyle and financial counseling.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For the development of the Urban Teacher Center (UTC), the mission of which is to prepare teachers for the country's neediest urban schools. The center recruits candidates, equips them with state-of-the-art training, and links certification to the performance of their students. UTC fellows must make a four-year commitment: one year of residency, followed by three years as a full-time teacher in a high-needs urban school.
HOPE Worldwide Baltimore
Two grants toward support of the TRUTH Youth Services Program for at-risk males at Northeast Middle School through the 2009-2010 school year. The program, a year-round effort, provides cognitive development, field trips, career exploration, mentoring, reading, and training in life-skills, and a summer learning camp for 40 young men displaying risk factors in the sixth grade.
Incentive Mentoring Program
For continued support and expansion of an intensive mentoring program at Dunbar High School to include identification of a new cohort of ninth-grade students during the 2009-2010 school year. The program offers community service activities, after-school tutoring, SAT preparation, and college access and retention support over the course of seven years. Teams of eight to 12 mentors, primarily from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, work with each of the 15 students in each cohort to provide family-style, one-on-one mentoring two to seven times a week.
Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools
Toward continued support of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC). BERC is a partnership of the Baltimore City public schools, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and other civic and community partners. BERC's mission is to conduct and disseminate long- and short-term strategic data analysis and research that informs decisions about policy and practice to improve the educational life outcomes of children in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools
Fourth- and fifth-year funding for an evaluation of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Vivien T. Thomas and Augusta Fells Savage High Schools. The evaluation will study EOP, a sequential mentoring program designed to increase graduation rates, and determine whether, by assessing various criteria, EOP merits replication.
KIPP Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the extended day program at the KIPP Ujima Village Academy and the new elementary school, KIPP Harmony, which opened in fall 2009. The longer school day and week, and the summer school, are key components of the program designed to move student achievement to the top 10 percent in the Baltimore City Public School System.
Maryland Institute College of Art
Last Dollar support toward tuition and related fees for a Baltimore City public school graduate for the 2009-2010 school year.
New Leaders for New Schools
For continued support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program to recruit and develop school principals for Baltimore City public schools, for the 2009-2010 school year. Following the one-year residency training, 9 percent of New Leaders "residents" are placed as principals. There are now more than 40 New Leaders principals leading city schools.
Teach For America-Baltimore
Two grants for the continuation and expansion of an initiative to double the number of recent college graduates recruited and trained to 160, and to provide ongoing support for the 80 returning Teach For America corps members in Baltimore City public schools.
The Ingenuity Project
For support of the 2009-2010 Ingenuity Project, a gifted and talented math, science, and research magnet program serving 465 students in three Baltimore City public middle schools and at Baltimore Polytechnic High School. The program is designed to qualify students as nationally competitive, college-bound math, science, and engineering scholars.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for nine male students from Baltimore City to attend a college preparatory boarding school for the 2009-2010school year, and for the salary of a retention counselor. The counselor provides a range of services: monitoring class attendance and participation, overseeing study hall and dormitory behavior, and acting as a liaison and advocate for students and their families.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Toward child support modification workshops in the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center; the Maryland Transition Center in Baltimore; and the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup. The objectives of the workshops are to assist 515 incarcerated individuals in preparing requests to have their child support orders modified and following-up with the child support system to ensure that the support orders have been modified.
Art with a Heart, Inc.
For support and expansion of the 2009 Summer Job Program, a visual arts program for 30 at-risk youth in the Rose Street community. As part of the six-week summer work experience, the students created art pieces, including decoupage furniture and mosaics for sale at Artscape.
Baltimore Healthcare Access
Toward the implementation of the EarnBenefits Baltimore Program in the Baltimore City Detention Center. Baltimore Health Care Access will serve 487 Baltimore City Detention Center inmates for benefit eligibility.
CASA of Maryland, Inc.
For continued funding of the Baltimore Worker Employment Center for day laborers and low-income workers. The formal hiring center offers a safe and organized way to help workers find jobs in construction, landscaping, home improvement, sanitation, and other day-to-day low-skilled physical labor-intensive jobs. The center provides a place to receive workplace rights education, health and safety training, legal counseling, basic vocational training, and identification cards.
Center for Urban Families
For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for men and women. In a three-week intensive workshop focusing on job readiness, the STRIVE model emphasizes attitudinal training, job placement, post-placement support, one-on-one and group counseling, parenting skills, and case management.
Harbor City Services, Inc.
Toward general operating costs of a document management, moving/storage, and warehouse business providing sheltered employment to Baltimore City residents with psychiatric disabilities.
Job Opportunities Task Force
For support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), now expanded to 20 free tax preparation sites. The campaign identifies EITC-eligible populations and connects them to asset building resources including benefits screening through the EarnBenefits software, college financial aid filing assistance, and credit-repair counseling.
Job Opportunities Task Force
Toward renovation costs of 812 North Rose Street to accommodate four additional beds for disadvantaged residents transitioning into the workforce. The program provides on-the-job training and real-world construction experience for six JumpStart program graduates.
Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc.
For continued support and expansion of job training programs for unemployed and underemployed youth and adults in Baltimore City. The center recruits and trains individuals for positions in healthcare and other high growth/high shortage industries.
Rose Street Community Center
For continued support of rehabilitation services for homeless youth and adult ex-offenders recovering from substance abuse. The center provides transitional housing and case management for up to 52 individuals; and offers opportunities for employment; stipends for living expenses; referrals to drug treatment; on-site GED classes; job training; and homework assistance, peer mediation, and art activities, all designed to reduce gang-related crime.
For expansion and continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a technical assistance initiative designed to help low-wage workers and individuals access 24 different federal, state, and city benefits and income supports.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the Learn to Earn job training program at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. In addition to training in child care, medical terminology, nursing assistant certification, and culinary arts, the center offers opportunities for clients to improve in language arts, math, and computer skills.
The Work First Foundation
For the implementation of the Baltimore Ex-Offender Reentry Employment Program. Participants receive up to four weeks of job readiness training that includes resume writing, mock interviews, computer basics, financial literacy, anger management, and conflict resolution. After being matched with job opportunities, graduates are placed into employment.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Two grants for the continuation and expansion of an initiative that sells cars at a very low cost to low-income persons in Baltimore City.
Year Up Washington, Inc.
For continued support and expansion of the Year Up Baltimore Program, a workforce development initiative for 40 talented at-risk young adults, ages 18 to 24. The training prepares participants for entry-level positions in information technology.
Health & Human Services
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)
Toward continued support of programming designed to improve the outcomes of Baltimore City children in the child welfare system. ACY will monitor the implementation of the new family-centered case practice model and assess the level of in-home supportive services for families.
American Civil Liberties Foundation of Maryland, Inc. (ACLU)
For continued support of the Regional Housing Equity Project. ACLU will focus on developing a regional housing remedy to enable thousands of public housing residents to live in high-opportunity areas.
Baltimore Homeless Services, Inc.
Capital funding toward the development of a housing and resource center for homeless persons at 620 Fallsway. In response to the increasing number of homeless individuals in Baltimore City, the center will offer housing accommodations and case management for up to 275 homeless individuals at any one time.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU
For continued support of the volunteer-operated Baltimore Stars Basketball Program for 120 inner-city boys, ages 8 to 17. The program provides opportunities to compete in AAU state and national basketball tournaments. In addition to teaching basketball skills, teamwork, and good sportsmanship, the Stars program provides educational support for players, including mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation.
In support of the Project to Transform Lives program at My Sister's Place Women's Center (MSPWC) and for the Pathways to Hope Project at Our Daily Bread Employment Center (ODBEC). The programs are designed to expand basic services with on-site medical services and mental health treatment. MSPWC clients are encouraged to participate in budgeting, financial literacy, and adult education classes; ODBEC clients have the opportunity to participate in a variety of job training programs, including building maintenance, environmental services, commercial driver's licenses, and weatherization tech training.
Food Research & Action Center
Toward continued support of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger advocacy program designed to facilitate access to federally funded nutrition programs for low-income residents of Baltimore City. Focus will be on expanding the classroom breakfast program, advocating for improved administrative and legislative policies to eliminate barriers, and assisting to implement Maryland's newly approved after-school, weekend, and holiday supper program for qualifying children and adults. It will also continue to serve as a resource for updates on hunger statistics.
Toward support of the Emergency Services Energy Assistance Program. Services include utility and eviction prevention grants, emergency food, transportation vouchers, prescription co-pay assistance, financial counseling, and case management.
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Toward staffing and administrative costs of CARES, a food pantry and emergency utility assistance, eviction prevention, and prescription drug assistance program serving more than 4,400 low-income Baltimore City residents.
Healthy Teen Network
To develop a strategic plan to reduce the teen birth rate in Baltimore City by using the Getting to Outcomes planning model. The program will assess needs and resources, define goals, and evaluate and determine sustainable programming to help ensure that adolescent productive health efforts are effective.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
For continued support of the Housing First advocacy project, designed to reduce barriers to housing for homeless persons through advocacy, training, legal representation, and monitoring of Baltimore's Housing First program.
House of Ruth
Toward support of the Emergency Client Support program designed for victims of domestic violence and their children. The fund will be used to address the barriers that victims experience in securing safe accommodations by helping to pay for short-term motel stays, security deposits and rent assistance, transportation expenses, emergency health expenses, and help in securing identification and citizenship documents.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Continued support to provide security deposits to as many as 275 families moving to non-impacted areas outside Baltimore City. Tenants are given Housing Choice vouchers to move into the private rental market which offers the opportunity to enjoy greater safety and security, better schools, and improved health outcomes.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
For support of a study to determine the effectiveness of the Mothers and Babies Course, a postpartum depression prevention program serving low-income African-American women in three Baltimore home visiting programs. Clients will be screened to determine individual risk for developing postpartum depression based on personal or family history. Those determined to be at risk will be randomly assigned to a treatment group, which will receive a six-session intervention, or a control group, which will receive standard home visiting services. If proven effective, the Mothers and Babies Course will be implemented on a broader scale.
Loving Arms, Inc.
Toward start-up operating costs and for the purchase and installation of a fire escape for a short-term residential group home for eight emotionally disturbed youth in Baltimore City.
Maryland Food Bank
For continued support and expansion of the School Pantry Program to 84 Baltimore City public schools. In exchange for volunteering in the schools, needy parents receive free bags of food when their monthly food stamps run out. Over the course of the school year, counselors connect participating parents to other community resources and soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters in the immediate area. The parents are encouraged to attend nutrition education classes.
Mission Possible Ministries, Inc.
For electrical upgrades, fencing, and backyard concrete for three existing transitional houses that provide housing for 27 homeless men in West Baltimore. Residents are encouraged to develop life and job skills and work toward self-sufficiency.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program serving more than 1,000 Baltimore City public school students in grades four through 12. While being taught the basic fundamentals of playing organized sports and the value of teamwork and fair play, participating students are required to maintain a "C" average and a 95 percent school attendance rate.