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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2006.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland
For continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project. The purpose of the project is to represent the interests of disadvantaged students, particularly in Baltimore City, by ensuring increased operating and capital funding, and continued management reform. ACLU will monitor the Baltimore City Public School Systems' budget allocations to assess whether expenditures are translating into academic improvements.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For support of the Charter Schools Technical Assistance Project. The purpose of the project is to coordinate and deliver advocacy and technical assistance to help ensure the success of the Baltimore City charter schools. Through the creation of an active network of charter school leaders, the project will foster effective governance for charter schools, develop funding sources, strengthen instructional delivery systems for special education students, and put in place long-range facilities management plans.
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound, Inc.
Toward construction costs of a new Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Center at the Leakin Park Campus. The expanded center will enhance the staging area for programs and provide needed space for facilities for staff, students, and the community.
Baltimore City Public School System/ National Academic League
For support of the 2006-2007 National Academic League in 28 Baltimore City public middle schools. This league provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in an atmosphere of competition traditionally associated with athletic events. The purpose of the program is to increase students' awareness of local, national, and international current events, and strengthen student background knowledge in all disciplines, particularly mathematics. The program engages more than 650 students.
Baltimore City Public School System/ Southwest Baltimore Charter School
For staffing costs of an executive director to focus on administration, including board recruitment, parent/student recruitment, data management, facilities management, community outreach, and interaction with the Baltimore City Public School System.
Baltimore City Public School System/ The Midtown Academy
Toward the development of an enhanced middle-school curriculum at The Midtown Academy, designed to prepare students for entrance into the area's competitive high schools. The curriculum will include math, science, computer science, Spanish, leadership, and communication and life skills.
Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation, Inc.
Two grants for expenses related to a Pilot Food Education Study for Baltimore City public schools. The purpose of the study is to determine the link between nutrition and academic performance by exploring national nutrition initiatives and, based on the relationship, make recommendations to the Baltimore City Public School System for relevant changes in the delivery of food services.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
For expansion of the 2006-2007 Chess Education Project, an after-school program for elementary school students in 50 Baltimore City public schools. The long-term strategy is to increase the number of after-school chess clubs, provide chess instruction to teachers and coaches, sponsor chess activities in the community, and place Baltimore City students at competitive regional and national tournaments.
Baltimore Urban Debate League
For the development and implementation of a full-scale in-house monitoring and evaluation system to track the league's ability to influence student outcomes. The study will document student achievement in debate, GPAs, attendance, interest in academic pursuits, incidence of negative behaviors, number of college applications and admissions, literacy, and critical thinking skills during the 2006-2007 school year. Results will be published in summer 2007.
Boys' Latin School of Maryland
To provide the opportunity for a former Baraka School student to attend a private school.
Children's Scholarship Fund
To provide tuition assistance for children of low-income families to attend parochial or private schools in Baltimore City. By offering four-year partial tuition grants, the Children's Scholarship Fund enables children to attend schools of their choice.
CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.
Two-year funding for support of the College Retention Project for Last Dollar Grant program recipients at nine participating Maryland colleges. Working with key individuals on each campus, the advisor will provide one-on-one support for students, including course selection, learning assistance, and financial aid. The goal is to increase the graduation rate of the Last Dollar Grant recipients.
CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.
For tracking of college outcomes for students who have graduated from Baltimore City public schools. By contracting with the National Student Clearinghouse, the Baltimore City Public School System and the CollegeBound Foundation will be able to track the status and graduation rates of its students in order to assess the effectiveness of the CollegeBound Foundation's college placement and tuition assistance services.
Core Knowledge Foundation
For support of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence in four Baltimore City Head Start Centers for the 2006-2007 school year. The initiative will provide training and leadership development for teachers, and educational resources and supplies for students. Programming includes the teaching of English as a Second Language and the development of a three-year external evaluation.
Educational Opportunity Program
For staffing and related expenses to provide a facilitator at each of the two new Southwestern High Schools. The counselors will act as role models, linking students and their families to the school, providing enrichment, tutoring, academics, and social support. The purpose of the program is to increase the high school graduation rate of Baraka School graduates by keeping Educational Opportunity Program students engaged in school activities.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For expansion of the Math Works initiative for 3rd- through 6thgrade teachers in Baltimore City public schools. This program is designed as a training model, using electronic textbooks and hosting best practices forums, teacher discussions, and workshops. The goal is to have 90 percent of Math Works schools achieve math scores at the level determined as proficient by the state.
Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools
Toward the establishment of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC). A collaborative effort of four partner organizations, BERC will annually produce data on core issues critical for the development of school system policies. The consortium will have the capacity to produce rapid response summary analyses to help both the school district and the school reform committee react appropriately to challenges as they occur.
For continued support of The Learning Cooperative, a dropout recovery/prevention program for at-risk middle school students in Baltimore City public schools. The cooperative provides an experiential education curriculum designed to prepare students for successful transition to high school, GED programming, or employment, by offering training in team-building, conflict-resolution, job readiness, community service, and life skills.
Maryland Public Policy Institute, Inc.
For a study on Maryland's teacher pension program. The study will examine the current pension plan and the effectiveness of similar policies in other states, quantify the extent of the financial liability of the defined benefit pension, and recommend alternatives.
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
For the purchase of equipment and supplies for a new Warehousing Vocational Program serving students with severe mental disabilities at the NCIA Youth In Transition School. Youth In Transition will provide students whose needs cannot be met in a traditional public school setting with skills training, job opportunities, and internships for jobs in the warehouse/logistics field.
New Leaders for New Schools
For continued support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program. The four-year program will recruit, train, and place in Baltimore City public schools a minimum of 40 principals over a three-year period. Each participant will attend a six-week Summer Foundations Institute, assume a year-long full-time residency with a mentor, and receive a placement and two years of professional development, coaching, and support.
Open Society Institute - Baltimore
Toward support of an initiative to improve student behavior and reduce suspensions and expulsions in Baltimore City public schools. Open Society will identify and bring best practices and new approaches to student behavior, and advocate for the adoption of successful strategies.
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
For continued support and expansion of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program for 87 new and recently hired elementary and middle school teachers for the 2006-2007 school year. The program upgrades teachers' classroom techniques and strategies by providing demonstrations, workshops, video-taping, and one-on-one coaching in the classroom. The goal is to implement enhanced music curricula that meet state and national content standards, and to increase the teacher retention rate.
Stadium School Youth Dreamers, Inc.
Toward renovation costs of 1430 Carswell Street to be used as a youth-run, after-school youth center in the Waverly/Coldstream-Homestead- Montebello communities. The center will provide a safe place for children to take enrichment classes after school, to be tutored, and build positive relationships with adults in the neighborhood.
Teach For America-Baltimore
For continuation of an initiative to recruit, train, and support 85 to 100 Teach For America corps members teaching 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's property in Kenya, East Africa. The Baraka School, now closed, was a boarding school serving underachieving Baltimore City middle school boys.
The Community School, Inc.
To expand the academic and mentoring program of an alternative school in the Remington neighborhood. The funds will provide programming designed to increase enrollment of disadvantaged students and prepare them to complete high school and enter college.
The Ingenuity Project
For support of the 2006-2007 Ingenuity Project, an intensive math and science curriculum for Baltimore City public elementary, middle, and high school students. Its purpose is to identify and develop nationally competitive math, science, and engineering students as measured by their GPAs, SAT scores, selective college acceptances, and college scholarships earned.
The New Teacher Project
For support of the Math Immersion Program, to increase the number of math teachers in Baltimore City public high schools. The program will recruit a minimum of 20 non-math major candidates who demonstrate significant mathematical proficiency, and assist them in meeting state licensing requirements.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for selected underachieving, at-risk, male Baltimore City students to attend a boarding school in Mississippi for the 2006-2007 school year. The grant includes funding for a resident counselor to encourage positive attitudes, appropriate social behaviors, and academic achievement.
The SEED Foundation
Toward the establishment of a boarding school for at-risk youth in Baltimore City. The two-year planning effort will include the creation of a board of directors, the launching of a capital campaign, identification and securing of a site, completion of design and construction of a campus, hiring of school leadership and staff, and recruitment of students.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
For a four-year evaluation of the Core Knowledge Preschool Program in Baltimore City's Southeast Community Organization (SECO) Head Start Centers. The purpose is to assess the progress of children attending the Core Knowledge program for two consecutive years, as compared to those attending for one year, in academic readiness, social skill competencies, and language development.
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
For the establishment of the BWI Employment, Training and Transportation Center. The purpose of the center is to support the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) business community as it works to improve the transportation system, and to promote economic development and workforce opportunities in the BWI vicinity.
Art with a Heart
For support of the Summer Jobcorps program, a visual arts program for ten at-risk youth, ages 14 to 21, living in the Rose Street neighborhood. Students will meet five days a week for four weeks to create art work, such as mosaics and decoupage furniture, to display and market at the 2006 Artscape.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.
For continued support and expansion of career coaching, career mapping, and the Pre-Allied Health Bridge Project. The project is designed to assist entry-level workers obtain the requisite basic skills for post-secondary training leading to higher paying jobs in health care.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
In support of BioSTART, a 12-week bridge program introducing Baltimore residents to bioscience terminology, employment possibilities, laboratory procedures, and laboratory math. Upon successful completion, students move to the nine-week laboratory associates class, followed by three-week paid internships. The internships qualify the applicants for entry-level laboratory positions with average starting wages of $12 per hour, plus benefits.
Business Interface, Inc.
Seed funding to work with employers within the mining industry to create job opportunities for disadvantaged persons in Baltimore City. The CNX Marine Terminal, located at the Port of Baltimore, provides an opportunity to place and retain Baltimore residents in entry-level laborer positions in the transshipment of coal from rail to ocean-going vessels.
Caroline Center, Inc.
Toward renovation costs to relocate the Caroline Center Upholstery shop to larger facilities. The additional space will enable the "earn-as-you-learn" upholstering business to increase the number of women trained, as well as to increase program revenue.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
For support of Project EDGE, a program to encourage professional development in preparation for careers in health care. Training includes remedial coursework in math, reading, nursing skills, and computer skills.
GROUP Ministries, Inc. Baltimore
Capital funding for the purchase of a house to provide job training in home renovations to ex-offenders. The arrangement allows GROUP Ministries to train 20 to 30 men as carpenters, electricians, and plumbing apprentices in preparation for pre-journeyman status. Once completed, the house will be used as a transitional group home for ex-offenders in recovery.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
To provide 60 low-cost used cars through the Vehicles for Change program to families participating in the Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program. The recipients will also receive funds for driver education training, licensing, and vehicle registration fees. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate transportation to and from employment for low-income families who have moved to the suburbs and are poorly served by mass transit.
Job Opportunities Task Force
For support of JumpStart, a pre-apprenticeship program in the building and construction trades for 100 unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents referred by Goodwill Industries. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) provides 13 weeks of training, two nights a week, for three hours each night. Following a successful 90-day job placement in the building trades, a trainee can apply for a four-year apprenticeship with ABC.
Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.
For an evaluation of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development's Re-entry Center at the Mondawmin Mall. The findings will be critical in determining the effect of case management on rates of recidivism for high-risk ex-offenders referred to the Re-entry Center by the Maryland Department of Probation and Parole.
Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc.
To hire a Deputy Director for expansion of job training programs for unemployed and underemployed youth and adults in Baltimore City. The Maryland Center for Arts and Technology has developed customized health care and customer service training programs that consist of ten-week classroom training and an eight-week paid internship.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, a free tax preparation service designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Its goal is to complete at least 6,500 tax returns for low-income taxpayers eligible to receive the EITC refunds. The campaign will focus on asset development strategies, including directing refunds toward individual bank accounts, and savings for homeownership and tuition.
Mayor's Office of Employment Development.
For continued support of the Ex-Offender Re-entry Center at Northwest Career Center, located at the Mondawmin Mall. The center offers transitional support and employment-related services to more than 5,600 ex-offenders in an effort to reduce recidivism. In addition to providing employment-related services, the center will ensure that those served will have identification documents and referrals to housing, substance abuse, health care, and legal services.
Moveable Feast, Inc.
For continued support of the Culinary Arts and Life Skills Training Program for hard-to-place unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents. The 12-week skilled job-training program is offered to 48 students a year. The program's curriculum includes CPR, first aid, and food handling. Graduates interested in pursuing employment in entry-level food service positions are placed in jobs that pay at least $8.50 an hour, plus benefits.
Rose Street Community Center
For continued support of rehabilitation services for ex-offenders, adults recovering from substance abuse, and at-risk youth. 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 referring them to drug treatment and job training programs. At-risk youth are provided with opportunities for after-school and community activities.
Second Chance Project, Inc.
For continued support of an initiative to help more than 337 ex-offenders obtain identification, including Social Security cards, Motor Vehicle Administration identification cards, and birth certificates at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development's Re-entry Center at Mondawmin Mall.
Seedco (Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation)
For continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a Web-based initiative providing assistance to low-wage workers and individuals in accessing benefits and income supports. The program is designed to streamline eligibility screening for benefits, application submission, and tracking of submitted applications. Four sites in Baltimore will be identified to launch the program for Baltimore residents. The benefits include the Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit, the Maryland Insurance Plan and Children's Health Program, and the federal Food Stamp Program.