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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2005.
Advocates for Children and Youth
For the Education Initiative, designed to support increased student achievement in Maryland K-12 public schools, with an emphasis on Baltimore City. The efforts will help to ensure full funding of the Maryland's Bridge to Excellence in Public Education Act, designed to make recommendations for school construction funding, provide analysis of Maryland's State Assessment Program, and produce an independent evaluation of the impact of Thornton public education funds on at-risk students in Baltimore City.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland (ACLU)
For continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project, established to ensure that schools serving disadvantaged students receive equitable funding. The project aims to ensure that increased funding and management reform continues, particularly in Baltimore City; that academic improvements are made in Baltimore City classrooms; and that ACLU continues to represent the best interests of the students.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For staffing of the Education Funders Affinity Group, designed to enable Baltimore area grantmakers to learn about worthy education initiatives and school reform efforts, locally and nationally.
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
Two grants in support of the 2005-2006 Speech and Debate Program at Baltimore City College High School.
Baltimore City Public School System
To provide stipends to math, science, and special education teachers affected by Hurricane Katrina. The incentives are designed to encourage relocation of teachers to Baltimore City.
Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS)/Early Identification and Intervention Project
Three-year funding for planning and implementation of the BCPSS Early Identification and Intervention Project at Barclay Elementary/Middle School and Edgewood Elementary School. Thirty low-performing students who are in need of a core language/literacy development program will be identified. State-of-the-art practices will be integrated into an intervention program. The success of these efforts will be measured by the percentage of students who achieve grade-level performance at the end of the first grade, and the reduction in the number of students requiring special education for reading-related disabilities.
Baltimore City Public School System/Baltimore Freedom Academy
For costs of the installation of doors to create a physical separation of space between the Baltimore Freedom Academy and Lombard Middle School. The doors will help ensure the safety of students and decrease disruption between the schools.
Baltimore City Public School System/National Academic League
For support of the 2005-2006 National Academic League in 30 Baltimore City public 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
Toward the support of facility-related expenses for the 2005-2006 school year. The Midtown Academy is a K-8 "new school" formed by a coalition of parents and teachers in the Reservoir Hill and Bolton Hill neighborhoods. In addition to its basic curriculum, the school offers art, music, Spanish, and physical education.
Baltimore City Public School System/William S. Baer School
Toward the purchase of equipment for a state-of-the-art physical therapy facility. The school provides educational and therapeutic services to students with severe multiple disabilities.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
For expenses related to the 2005-2006 Baltimore City Public School System Chess Education Project, an after-school program serving elementary school students in 30 schools. The long-term strategy is designed to increase the number of after-school chess clubs, provide chess instruction to teachers and coaches, sponsor chess activities in the community, and sponsor Baltimore students at competitive regional and national tournaments.
Community Law In Action, Inc.
For support of the expansion of Lemmel Academy, an alternative school setting for 150 chronically disruptive middle school students. Each student will have an individualized plan to help build academic, social, and career skills, with an emphasis on communication. The goal of the program is to decrease the number of out-of-school suspensions and the eighth-grade dropout rate.
Coppin State University
For continued support of the Talented Ten Mentoring Program for at-risk African-American males attending Rosemont Elementary School, Lemmel Middle School, and Frederick Douglass High School. 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 who have encountered social, personal, or financial barriers.
Core Knowledge Foundation
For continued implementation of the five-year demonstration project of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence in all Baltimore County Head Start Centers. The professional development and provision of resource and training materials in literacy, math, science, social skills, music, and art are intended to improve the quality of students' achievement and increase the percentage of Head Start students deemed ready for kindergarten.
Educational Opportunity Program
To provide two facilitators to mentor 50 students each at the two new Southwestern High Schools; and for support of a third facilitator with responsibility for increasing the high school graduation rate of students from the former Baraka School.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
For the salary of a part-time coordinator to oversee five EOP sites and facilitators. Each facilitator, working with 50 students, provides support to ensure that each student graduates from high school. The coordinator will monitor student progress and provide training for facilitators.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For continued support of Math Works, designed to develop a professional training model for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade math teachers in Baltimore City. The training will utilize workshops, electronic textbooks, and state-of-the-art practices.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For the development of a strategy to recruit and train Baltimore City public secondary school math teachers for the 2006-2007 school year.
To fund costs of leasing office space in support of after-school programs for Baltimore City public schools at the Goucher Collective in the Old Goucher Historic District. The goal is to revitalize the South Charles Village neighborhood by partnering nonprofit service organizations with at-risk youth and Goucher students.
Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.
For expansion of Experience Corps to five additional underperforming Baltimore City public schools. The demonstration project provides trained senior volunteers to tutor students; each senior tutor is paired with a classroom teacher to assist with classroom logistics, provide support with student behavior problems, and one-on-one remediation.
For continued support of The Learning Cooperative, a dropout recovery/prevention program for at-risk Baltimore City middle school students from families living with drug/alcohol problems, physical or emotional abuse, and poverty. The 30-hour-per-week program offers academic course work, job-skills training, and conflict-resolution workshops.
New Leaders for New Schools
For support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program, designed to recruit principals for Baltimore City public schools. New Leaders will train eight to ten prospective principals during six weeks of course work at the Summer Foundations Institute. Each will participate in a year-long, full-time residency, serving alongside a mentor principal. Once placed as a principal, each participant will receive two years of coaching and support.
Office of the Mayor
For support of the Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowships, Summer 2005. The fellowships are designed to increase the number of talented graduate and undergraduate students working in Baltimore City government.
Partnership for Learning
For support of an education-based juvenile program for first-time offenders experiencing learning difficulties. The initiative, designed to reduce recidivism and increase academic outcomes, provides tutoring and mentoring.
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Continued support of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program for newly hired Baltimore City public elementary and middle school teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. The weekly program has been designed to upgrade classroom techniques and strategies by providing demonstrations, workshops, videotaping, and coaching. The purpose of the program is to support newly hired teachers by implementing enhanced music curricula that meet state and national standards, and to increase the retention rate of music teachers.
Sisters Academy of Baltimore
Second-year support toward 2005-2006 operating costs of a facility to house the Sisters Academy, a parochial middle school in Southwest Baltimore for at-risk adolescent girls. The academy offers small classes and an extended day to help ensure that all of the 42 students advance at least one grade level in all areas of the academic curriculum.
Teach For America-Baltimore
For continuation of an initiative to recruit, select, train, and build a network for Teach For America corps members in Baltimore City public schools. These recent college graduates make a two-year commitment and are offered the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching at the Johns Hopkins University.
The Baraka School, Inc.
For expenses associated with maintaining the school property in Kenya, East Africa. The Baraka School, now closed, was a boarding school serving underachieving Baltimore City middle school boys.
The Ingenuity Project
In support of the 2005-2006 Ingenuity Project, an intensive math and science curriculum for 464 Baltimore City public elementary, middle, and high school students. Its purpose is to identify and develop nationally competitive math, science, and engineering students. In an effort to expand middle school enrollment, Ingenuity opened a program at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School in fall of 2005.
The Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools
Second-year funding for an evaluation of the Educational Opportunity Program at the two new high schools located at the Southwestern High School Campus. This study will help to determine whether the program warrants expansion.
The New Teacher Project
For support of the Baltimore Model School Staffing Project, established to ensure early recruitment of qualified teachers in the city's lowest performing schools. By working closely with the Baltimore City Public School System's Department of Human Resources and individual school principals, the New Teacher Project will help schools learn of retirements and resignations in advance, connect new candidates with lowest performing schools, maximize schools' interviewing/selection skills, and operate with a policy of holding schools accountable for hiring.
The Piney Woods School
For continuing support to provide scholarships at a boarding school in Mississippi for selected underachieving, at-risk male students from Baltimore City for the 2005-2006 school year. The grant includes funding for a counselor to encourage positive attitudes, appropriate social behavior, and academic achievement.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation
For the purchase of musical instruments in support of Be Instrumental, an initiative to restore musical instrumental programs in 15 Baltimore City public elementary and middle schools.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
For support of a partnership with Shire U.S. Manufacturing, Inc., to develop a training program for entry-level laboratory technician positions. The Institute's program is designed to enhance students' understanding of biotechnology and to introduce them to careers in the field.
CASA of Maryland, Inc.
Toward the establishment of the Baltimore Worker Employment Center for day laborers and other low-income workers. CASA, temporarily operating out of two trailers, will provide employment placement services and legal services, and counseling in financial matters.
Toward final construction costs of the new Our Daily Bread Employment Center. The Center will house four programs: Our Daily Bread, which serves meals to an average of 750 homeless persons per day and breakfast on weekdays to more than 100 seniors and disabled persons; Christopher's Place Employment Academy, a residential program the helps homeless men find and maintain full-time employment at a living wage and permanent housing; St. Jude's Employment Center, which places poor, homeless, and disadvantaged persons back into the workforce; and The Samaritan Center, which provides traveler's 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.
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
For support of the Shapiro Training and Employment Program's (STEP) Ticket To Work Project, a program for disadvantaged persons with psychiatric disabilities. Now merged with Goodwill Industries, the goal of the project is to enroll 300 Social Security Administration clients into the program and place at least 80 graduates in jobs.
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Two grants for continued support of an initiative designed to reduce employment discrimination against ex-offenders in Maryland, by promoting legal representation for Baltimore City ex-offenders, and helping to remove past convictions from the records. The program educates ex-offenders about the ramifications of their criminal records, sentencing procedures, probation and parole, and waiver of filing fees.
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Sixth-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 at least 200 noncustodial parents, addressing systemic problems within the child support enforcement system.
Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. (MCAT)
For support of the Customized Customer Service CVS training program for entry-level positions at CVS pharmacies. The goal of the program is to recruit, select, and train 150 individuals; CVS is committed to hiring at least 150 new employees.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
For continued support of the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign. The initiative, a free income tax preparation service, is designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a work incentive and poverty-alleviation tool. Its goal is to increase the number of tax returns prepared for low-income taxpayers eligible to receive the EITC tax refunds. The campaign will focus on asset development strategies, including targeting refunds toward individual development accounts, savings for homeownership, and tuition.
Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOED)
For support of the Ex-Offender Re-Entry Center in the Northwest Career Center. The Center, located at Mondawmin Mall in the Park Heights section of Baltimore City, will offer transitional support and employment-related services to ex-offenders in an effort to reduce recidivism. The Center will ensure that those served have identification documents, receive job procurement services and case management, and referrals to housing, substance abuse, health care, and legal services.
For continued support of the Culinary Arts and Life Skills Training Program for unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents. Successful participants of the 12-week program, offered three times a year, receive certificates of completion of courses in culinary arts, CPR, first aid, and food handling. Graduates are placed in entry-level food service positions that pay at least $8.50 an hour, plus benefits.
Rose Street Community Center
For continued support of rehabilitation services for ex-offenders, both adult residents recovering from substance abuse and youth residents at risk. The center provides transitional housing and case management to as many as 30 men per week, linking them to employment opportunities, providing stipends for living expenses, and opportunities for after-school and community activities.
Second Chance Project, Inc.
To provide housing, employment, mental health services, and transportation to 300 ex-offenders released from Maryland State Correctional facilities. Second Chance will help ex-offenders obtain needed identification, including Social Security cards, Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) identification cards, and birth certificates. Second Chance will work with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Vital Records, the MVA, the Division of Corrections, and MOED to systematize the process by which ex-offenders obtain identification documents.
For the development of a customized EarnBenefits Baltimore, a web-based initiative to help low-wage workers in Baltimore City determine what federal and state benefits they qualify for, and how to apply for them. EarnBenefits Online is designed to streamline eligibility screening, application submission, and tracking of submitted applications. Low-wage workers will be encouraged to apply for under-utilized benefits such as tax credits, health insurance, Food Stamps, Maryland Energy Assistance Program Tel-life, child care, and the school lunch programs.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the Learn to Earn Program, a job training readiness program, at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program helps participants improve language arts, math and computer skills; prepare for and obtain GEDs; and seek, secure, and retain jobs. St. Ambrose Outreach Center expects to enroll 400 participants and place 200 people into employment.
The Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development
Seventh-year funding of STRIVE Baltimore, a comprehensive job training and placement program for unemployed men and women. STRIVE prepares participants for the workforce through a three-week workshop that focuses on job readiness. Services include job placement, one-on-one and group counseling, and case management.
The Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development
For support of the Child Support Intervention Project, a job training program to help low-income noncustodial fathers meet their child support obligations. The goals of the program are to link 60 noncustodial fathers to the labor force, ensure that fathers retain employment by providing follow-up support services, assist fathers to re-establish and maintain positive relationships with children and families, and advocate for changes in child support policies and practices.
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
Third-year funding for staffing costs of a Senior Research Analyst position for the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board. The analyst will determine the effectiveness of the ex-offender Re-Entry Center at Mondawmin Mall.