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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2004.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
For continued support of tuition at area parochial schools for children of buyers of Patterson Park Community Development Corporation homes.
Baltimore Academies/National Academy Foundation School
In support of the design and installation of a new state-of-the-art National Academy Foundation kitchen to be used for the culinary portion of the Academy of Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality at its new location on the Digital Harbor Campus. This program provides an intensive four-year school-to-work curriculum that enables high school students to participate in internships.
Baltimore City Public School System
For salaries and benefits of five Baltimore City Public School System teachers who had been furloughed in the spring of 2004 for budgetary reasons.
Baltimore City Public School System/ National Academic League
In support of the 2004-2005 National Academic League in 30 Baltimore City middle schools. The league provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in an atmosphere of competition traditionally associated with athletic events.
Baltimore City Public School System/The Midtown Academy
To help cover costs of improvements at The Midtown Academy, operating as a K - 8 "new school," formed by a grassroots coalition of parents and teachers in the Reservoir Hill and Bolton Hill neighborhoods. In addition to its basic curriculum, the school, enriched by private funding, offers art, music, Spanish, and physical education.
Baltimore Curriculum Project, Inc.
For continued implementation of the Baltimore Curriculum Project for the 2004-2005 school year. The project, which provides management oversight of three Baltimore City public schools as part of the New Schools Initiative, offers a combination of the Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge curricula, and serves as an incubator for pilot strategies. During the current year, the Baltimore Curriculum Project will continue to align Direct Instruction and test preparation to the new Maryland State Assessments and develop a middle school curriculum integrating Core Knowledge, Direct Instruction, and Algebra I.
Baltimore Curriculum Project, Inc.
For the purchase of books and materials to establish 22 classroom libraries at Collington Square Elementary School.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
For expenses related to implementation of the Baltimore City Public School Chess Education Project, an after-school program for elementary school students. The goal of the project is to increase the number of after-school chess clubs in elementary schools by providing education materials and instructors to work with teacher-coaches, sponsoring chess activities, and encouraging children to attend competitive regional and national chess tournaments.
Commonweal Foundation, Inc.
For support of the 2004-2005 Pathways to Success Boarding School Scholarship Program for four students from Baltimore City. Pathways scholars are required to have summer jobs and participate in school-based employment or community service during the school year.
Coppin State University
In support of the Talented Ten Mentoring Program for 40 at-risk African-American males attending Rosemont Elementary School, Lemmel Middle School, and Douglass High School, all located in the Coppin "Urban Education Corridor." The program offers mentoring, tutoring, summer academic enrichment, field trips, and exposure to cultural events for students who demonstrate a high potential for academic success but have encountered social, personal, or financial barriers.
Core Knowledge Foundation
For continued implementation of a five-year demonstration project of the Core Knowledge Preschool Curriculum in all Baltimore County Head Start Centers, and in pre-K programs in four Baltimore City public schools. Professional development and the providing of resources in literacy, math, science, social skills, and the arts are intended to improve the quality of instruction and raise the level of teacher competence, with the aim of increasing students' achievement. Priorities include completion of the Core Knowledge training in art, development of a Core Knowledge certification process, and establishment of a summer institute for teachers on supervision and mentoring.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
To provide one-on-one mentoring to help 100 at-risk students at two new high schools located on the Southwestern Campus reach their academic potential: first, by graduating from high school; and second, by pursuing post-secondary education or career training. EOP provides a full-time facilitator at each school to offer one-on-one mentoring, along with support for academic and social programs, monitoring of attendance and academic progress, tutorials, advocacy on behalf of the students within the school and community, assistance with locating part-time employment, and college and career counseling.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
For the salary and expenses of a facilitator to help increase the high school graduation rate among 54 former Baraka School graduates and to provide them with resources to pursue post-secondary education or career training. Support includes tutorial assistance with locating employment and access to college and career opportunities.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For continued support of Teaching That Works, a math curriculum and instruction initiative for fourth- and fifth-grade teachers in Baltimore City public schools. Teaching That Works aligns the Baltimore City math curriculum with Maryland's new testing program. With this grant, teachers in the county school systems can receive online guidance and can access lesson plans and materials that have proved successful in raising achievement in city schools.
For start-up costs of the Goucher Collective in the Old Goucher Historic District, including rent, utilities and furniture, to implement after-school programs for Baltimore City public school students. Goucher's goal for the program is to help revitalize the South Charles Village neighborhood by partnering nonprofit service organizations with at-risk youth and Goucher students.
KIPP Baltimore, Inc .
Toward operating expenses for the 2004-2005 school year at the KIPP Ujima Academy for fifth to eighth-grade students. KIPP offers an academically intensive college-preparatory middle school program as part of the Baltimore City Public School System's New Schools Initiative. This academic model requires students to spend an additional two and a half hours a day at school, attend summer school, and enrichment activities on Saturdays.
Office of the Mayor
Toward the Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowships for the summer of 2004. The purpose of the fellowships is to increase the number of talented graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in public service to work in Baltimore City government.
Office of the Mayor
In support of the Believe in Our Schools Campaign. The focus of the campaign is to seek private funding partners to support facility improvements in Baltimore City public schools.
Partnership For Learning
For the staffing of an education coordinator and the purchase of education materials for an initiative designed to reduce recidivism and increase academic outcomes of first-time juvenile offenders with learning difficulties. The partnership's program provides literacy tutoring, mentoring and motivational services. The Piney Woods School, 90,690 Piney Woods, MS. To provide scholarships at a boarding school in Mississippi for selected, underachieving at-risk male students from Baltimore City for the 2004-2005 school year. The grant includes funding for a counselor to encourage positive attitudes, appropriate social behavior, and academic achievement.
Roland Park Library Initiative, Inc.
A challenge grant for the expansion and renovation of the Roland Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The library provides resources and support for the students attending Roland Park Elementary/ Middle School.
Sisters Academy of Baltimore
Toward start-up costs for the establishment of a parochial middle school for at-risk adolescent girls in West Baltimore. The school offers scholarships, small classes, an extended school day, increased parental involvement, and faith-based learning.
Teach For America
For expenses related to the cost of recruiting, selecting, training, and building a support network for Teach For America corps members teaching in Baltimore City public schools. These recent college graduates make a two-year commitment and are offered an opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.
The Baraka School, Inc.
For final expenses associated with maintaining The Baraka School property until the lease expires on December 31, 2005. The Baraka School, now closed, was a boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa, serving underachieving Baltimore City middle school boys.
The Center for Education Reform
Toward the Charter School Resource Fund to support the development of charter schools in Baltimore City.
The Ingenuity Project
In support of the 2004-2005 Ingenuity Project, an intensive math and science curriculum for more than 475 Baltimore City public elementary, middle, and high school students. Its purpose is to identify and develop nationally competitive math, science, and engineering students.
The Johns Hopkins University/ Center for Social Organization of Schools
For an evaluation of the impact of new teachers hired by the Baltimore City Public School System. At the point of hiring, this study will make comparisons among: 1) teachers who have full professional certification; 2) teachers who have alternative certification (such as Teach For America and the Baltimore Teaching Residency Program); 3) and teachers who have conditional certification. The evaluation will study teacher retention and daily attendance, PRAXIS (national teacher certification test) scores, contract renewal rates, subject-area expertise, and tuition reimbursement.
The Johns Hopkins University/ Center for Social Organization of Schools
For an evaluation of the Educational Opportunity Program at two new high schools located at the Southwestern Campus.
The SEED Foundation
For a feasibility study and planning grant for establishment of a college preparatory public boarding school to serve disadvantaged students in Baltimore City. By providing safe and comfortable room and board, and a network of support involving parents, teachers, house parents, counselors, and boarding community coordinators, this residential school will address challenges facing urban youth.
Health & Human Services
A Step Forward, Inc.
In support of a residential program for men and women with histories of addiction released from prison and returning to society. A Step Forward manages five transitional houses for ex-offenders and operates as a certified halfway house.
Adopt A Block, Inc.
For the purchase of a 24-foot panel truck, and for hiring and training a formerly homeless person to become its licensed driver. "A Can Can Make a Difference," a component of Adopt A Block, distributes food to local outreach food programs, soup kitchens, churches, and homeless shelters. The truck is considered essential for picking up and distributing donated food.
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. (AIRS)
To cover closing costs for the acquisition of two, single-family homes for low-income, homeless families living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to providing service-enriched, quality housing in stable neighborhoods, AIRS counselors assist clients with medical care, job training, income, and life-skills training.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
A challenge grant for support of the Turn Around Program (TAP), a transition program providing re-entry services, intensive case management, and empowerment training for female ex-offenders. On leaving prison, they may ask to participate in TAP as a condition of their parole. Upon returning to the community, they must make a one-year commitment to the program.
Baltimore ACORN/American Institute for Social Justice
Toward staffing of the Environmental Justice Initiative, a lead paint abatement initiative. The program combines grassroots outreach, education, lead testing, and legal advocacy, in targeted, high-risk neighborhoods in the Park Heights area. By designing a self-assessment checklist and action plan for parents and day care providers, ACORN inspectors (with the consent of tenants) will test the properties for lead poisoning and file court orders to have landlords clean up properties not in compliance.
Baltimore City Healthy Start, Inc.
To complete the renovation of a seven-bedroom house and adjoining Laundromat in Southwest Baltimore for use as a transitional housing facility for Recovery In Community (RIC) clients. As a state-certified outpatient program, RIC offers outreach, comprehensive on-site case management, on-site auricular acupuncture, and help in finding employment.
Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc.
For the implementation of a pilot project designed by the Mental Health Policy Institute for Leadership and Training. The project provides mental health treatment to low-income people suffering from depression, and not currently accessing care through the public mental health system.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU
Four grants toward operating costs of the Baltimore Stars Basketball Program, serving 8- to 17-year-old inner-city boys. Formed as a cooperative effort among Baltimore City recreation centers, the coalition selects the players it feels are best qualified to represent Baltimore City in state and national competitions.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For continued support of the Patterson Park Youth Program, developed to provide activities for more than 400 neighborhood children. The program includes support of basketball and football leagues, reading and art clubs, and a summer youth employment program. Adult volunteers serve as coaches, mentors, teachers, and tutors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc.
In support of Amachi, a mentoring program for children whose parent (or parents) are incarcerated. The program will place 335 children with adult mentors. It is expected that the selective placements will lead to improvement in the children's school performance and help in combating substance abuse, increase children's and parents' self-confidence, and stabilize relationships among peers and teachers.
Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation
Third-year support of the Bon Secours Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP), designed to break the cycle of low graduation rates and poor employment histories. YEEP has been developed to help 90 high school youth living or going to school in Southwest Baltimore obtain after-school and summer employment, and plan careers. The program offers 12 training sessions in job readiness, leadership, and job placement; six weeks of bi-weekly financial literacy classes; and career/post-high school education classes.
Capital funding toward the construction of the new Our Daily Bread Employment Center. The center will house four programs: Our Daily Bread, supported by volunteers and donors, serving meals to an average of 750 homeless people per day and breakfast on weekdays to more than 100 seniors and disabled persons; Christopher's Place Employment Academy, a residential program helping homeless men find and maintain full-time employment at a living wage and permanent housing; St. Jude's Employment Center, providing poor, homeless, and disadvantaged persons with a transition back into the work force; and The Samaritan Center, providing travelers' aid service and bus vouchers to homeless persons who want to leave Baltimore City to reunite with family, find employment, or access substance abuse treatment.
Chase Brexton Health Services
Capital funding for renovation costs of a facility at 10 West Eager Street to house the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance-abuse treatment. Heroin is the drug of choice for approximately 45,000 people in Baltimore City; not surprisingly, the incidence of intravenous drug use among Baltimore City's poor is high. The IOP addresses the multiple health needs of this high-risk population.
Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
For staffing and related costs to expand legal representation of tenants in Rent Court. The funding will be used by the staff to educate clerks and judges about a new law requiring landlords to register and comply with lead paint laws before filing a complaint in Rent Court. The law has the potential to reduce the number of eviction cases while increasing compliance with childhood lead paint laws. It is expected that the laws will improve housing conditions and lower the incidence of childhood lead poisoning.
Episcopal Housing Corporation
Capital grant for the development of the Collington Square Oxford House, a residential drug treatment program for eight men in recovery. The model provides a structured environment for addicts who have stabilized their lives and found employment, but who require peer support and reinforcement of a small, drug-free community.
Glenwood Life Counseling Center
Challenge grant to construct a 6,000 square-foot, two-story addition to the existing facility. The expansion will eliminate serious overcrowding which occurred when the program took on an additional 200 clients several years ago. Glenwood Life is currently providing drug treatment services to more than 600 clients.
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Fourth-year funding for the SEETTS Program (Supporting Ex-Offenders in Employment, Training, and Transitional Services), a workforce development initiative for persons leaving Maryland prisons and returning to Baltimore City. The job readiness program provides 14 weeks of transitional services for up to 120 former inmates at a time and assists participants in securing gainful employment.
Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. .
For the expansion of an after-school and summer tennis program for 300 at-risk children in the Barclay, Waverly, Coldstream, and Pen Lucy communities. The eight-week after-school program is being offered to 96 middle school students. It operates two hours a day, two days a week with one hour of instruction and play and one hour devoted to homework assistance and tutoring, and incorporates a mentoring curriculum. Coaches work with 24 underserved youth, selected on the basis of aptitude, effort, capability, and home support, at least three hours per week during the year.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Two grants providing security deposits and post-placement transportation assistance for the Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program. This program is available to residents of public housing and applicants on the public housing/Section 8 waiting list; applicants must pass a criminal background check and be willing to move to a non-impacted area. Program counselors review participants' credit histories and finances, encourage them to develop a savings plan, and help in the search for housing.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Second-year funding of the Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program established in accordance with the Thompson v. HUD partial consent decree. The program provides financial assistance and counseling to families served by the Section 8 Mobility Counseling Program, and is designed to encourage rental assistance recipients to move out of inner-city neighborhoods into surrounding neighborhoods in the region.
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Fifth-year funding of the Child Support/Barriers to Employment Project, an initiative designed to address the financial needs of noncustodial parents with child support obligations. The program provides individual representation to more than 200 noncustodial parents, addressing systemic problems within the child support enforcement system.
Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church
Challenge grant for renovation to the church and community center to allow for expanding outreach programs serving needy residents in East Baltimore. Working with the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, the church offers a food pantry, a six-week summer camp for 40 children, a computer literacy program, and, in partnership with Civic Works, neighborhood cleanups and gardens.