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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2008.
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project. The purpose of the project is to represent the interests of disadvantaged students in Baltimore City, by ensuring increased operating and capital funding, and continued academic reform. ACLU will monitor the Baltimore City Public School Systems' budget allocations to assess whether increased expenditures are translating into academic improvements.
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For a study of the costs of financing public school renovation and new construction projects in Baltimore City. The study will identify innovative strategies to develop new revenue sources and address the issue of deteriorating school buildings.
Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS)/ Academy for College and Career Exploration
To launch a Saturday Academy, an intensive weekly six-hour academic intervention during the school year to support struggling seniors. The goal of the effort is to realize a graduation rate of 90 percent of 12th graders for 2009, the first class that must pass the Maryland High School Assessments in order to graduate.
Baltimore City Public School System/ Baltimore City College
For support of teacher recruitment and professional development designed to strengthen the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. The purpose of the initiative is to recruit three highly qualified teachers, one each in physics, statistics, and history; and to provide summer training in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for all eight City College IB teachers committed to increasing the number of 11th-grade and 12th-grade participants.
Baltimore City Public School System/ Early Identification and Intervention Project
Funding in support of a one-year demonstration project designed to test expanded delivery of the BCPSS Early Identification and Intervention Project to pre-K and first-grade students at Barclay Elementary/Middle School and Edgewood Elementary School. The project is intended to measure the effectiveness of a reading intervention specialist as a core member of the educational team in achieving grade-level performance at the end of first grade, and of reducing the number of failures in kindergarten.
Baltimore City Public School System/ National Academic League .
For support of the 2008-2009 National Academic League in 26 Baltimore City public middle schools. The league, engaging more than 600 students, provides extracurricular, interscholastic programming in an atmosphere traditionally associated with athletic events.
Baltimore City Public School System/ Western High School .
To fund the purchase and installation of computers, monitors, and software for use in the University of Baltimore Game Design Course. The object of the initiative is to engage Western High School students in college-level studies in courses related to mathematics, technology, and graphic design. Successful participants will earn three college credits.
Baltimore City Public School System/ William H. Lemmel Middle School
For the purchase of hardware, teacher training material, and programming. The initiative will support the integration of a pilot technology program into the curriculum in an effort to affect increased attendance and achievement through exposure to technology instruction.
Baltimore Community Foundation, Inc.
Five-year funding toward an endowment for the Gilbert Sandler Fund for Speech and Debate and Mock Trial at Baltimore City College. The endowment will help ensure the viability of the program, which teaches students research, persuasion, and public speaking, and affords them the opportunity to compete in local and national tournaments.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc .
For continued support of the 2008-2009 Chess Education Project, an after-school program in 50 Baltimore City public elementary, middle, and high schools. The project provides students the opportunity to receive coaching; engage in intermural, regional, and national competitions; and attend weeklong USA Chess Camp during the summer. The "First Move" chess curriculum is being offered in second-grade classrooms in three elementary schools as a pilot project.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Capital funding toward the purchase of land, construction costs, furnishings, and related expenses for the Girls Hope Home project.
CollegeBound Foundation, Inc .
Two-year funding to create a College Access Associate position to support the Baltimore City Public School System College Readiness/College Access Initiative, designed to increase the number of Baltimore City public school students enrolling and completing post-secondary education. This position will reinforce Baltimore City's efforts to increase the scope of college- access advising services, assist in increasing the number of students taking college entrance examinations, and prepare a gap analysis of college-access providers and scholarships.
CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.
For third-year support of the College Retention Project for Last Dollar grant recipients at nine participating Maryland colleges. Two advisors working with individuals are responsible for student retention on each campus, and serve 180 students. They offer one-on-one support with course selection, academic advising, financial aid, communication, tutorials, and remedial services. Other enhancements include training of junior/senior mentors to serve as resources for underclassmen. Summer jobs are provided for students completing their junior year.
Core Knowledge Foundation
In support of the third year of the Core Knowledge Preschool Initiative in four Baltimore City Head Start Centers. Core Knowledge offers a skills-based curriculum and parent program that prepares 275 bilingual Head Start children for kindergarten, and provides teacher training covering the implementation of language, social skills, mathematical reasoning, number sense, and leadership. Comprehensive student baseline data will be collected for ongoing assessments of each child.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
To provide funding in support of scholarships for placement of up to eight incoming ninth-grade students in Baltimore City foster group homes. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School functions in a small-school setting with about 110 students in each grade in partnership with corporations, and offers a rigorous curriculum, transportation, social service options for students and families, mentoring, and one-day-per-week paid internships.
DonorsChoose, Inc .
For support of a national nonprofit donation website that provides the opportunity for Baltimore City and other public school teachers to post proposals online for needed teaching resources, materials, and equipment. Potential donors then browse the teacher postings and are able to fund requests online in full or in part.
Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.
Two grants for expansion of the Experience Corps tutoring and mentoring programs in Baltimore City public elementary schools identified as "low performing." Currently, 325 Senior Corps members, paired with classroom teachers, work in 19 Baltimore City elementary schools, providing one-on-one remediation, assistance with classroom logistics, and classroom- management support 15 hours per week.
Institute of Notre Dame
To provide four-year Abell Foundation scholarships for two academically talented minority students from low-income families in the East Baltimore community. Each student is expected to maintain a GPA of 85 percent or better and participate in one extra-curricular program each year.
Maryland Institute College of Art .
Last Dollar support toward tuition and related fees in support of a former Baraka School graduate for the 2008-2009 school year.
Mother Seton Academy .
Capital funding toward renovation and expansion of the former St. Ann School, a tuition-free Catholic middle school in the Midway/Barclay community. The move to the renovated space enables the school to better serve its students and will provide them with a science laboratory; gym; media center; technology, art, and music rooms; and outdoor recreation space.
New Leaders for New Schools .
For continued support of the fourth year of the New Leaders-Baltimore program created to recruit and develop 15 new principals for Baltimore City public schools over a three-year period. The training program provides a five-week Summer Foundations Institute, a year-long residency working with a mentor principal; placement support; and two additional years of professional development, coaching, and support by veteran principals. In return, New Leaders will make a six-year contractual commitment to the Baltimore City Public School System.
Office of the Mayor/Mayoral Fellowships .
Toward expenses of two Fellows participating in the 2008 summer Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowships. The ten-week internships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students who have expressed an interest in public service employment in Baltimore City government.
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
For continued support of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program to provide professional development for 77 first-year and returning music teachers. Two Peabody mentors offer enhancements to the music curriculum, age appropriate materials and lesson plans, strategies on effective classroom management skills, and new methodologies to encourage student engagement.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
Toward support of the School Continuity Project for youth adversely affected by disruption in housing due to homelessness or awaiting foster care placements. The purpose of the project is to improve access to public education as required by law for these children by providing information and advocacy, offering services to families, and connecting the efforts of educators and homeless/foster-care providers.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Toward support of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services' Youth Achieving Potential program. The program offers career assessment, paid work experiences, and placement services for 80 high school seniors with special needs from four Baltimore City public schools. After being placed in jobs, participants receive six months of counseling to help ensure appropriate on-the-job performance.
Teach For America-Baltimore
For continuation of an initiative to recruit and train 85 Teach For America Corps members, and work with 75 second-year corps members committed to teaching in Baltimore City public schools. These recent college graduates, who commit to work in classrooms for two years, are offered the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.
The Community School, Inc.
For continued support of an alternative school setting for an academic and mentoring program serving youth and adults in the Remington community. This high school alternative program parallels the regular course of study in all content areas, with the goal of qualifying students to pass the GED, and obtain a job or enter college. The Community School serves as a site for the External Diploma Program, which allows adults to earn a Maryland high school diploma by demonstrating experiential learning.
The Ingenuity Project
For support of the 2008-2009 Ingenuity Project, a gifted and talented math, science, and research program at three Baltimore City public middle schools and one flagship high school. Qualified students are identified and exposed to a program designed to develop them into nationally competitive, college-bound math, science, and engineering students.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for 11 male students from at-risk environments in Baltimore City to attend a college-preparatory boarding school in Mississippi for the 2008-2009 school year. This grant includes funds for a resident counselor to help each student adjust to boarding school, by encouraging positive attitudes, study habits, appropriate social behavior, and academic achievement.
University of Baltimore/ Center for Community Technology Services
For the purchase of computers, training, and support of the LATCH (Let's All Take Computers Home) technology program in five Baltimore City public schools: Baltimore Freedom Academy, Collington Square, Southwest Baltimore Charter, City Springs, and General Wolfe. Each school will identify 25 families to receive a computer, printer, software, Internet access, and computer maintenance service. Parents attend workshops to learn basic skills and how to help students with computer-based homework.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
In continuing support of an evaluation of the Core Knowledge Preschool Program at St. Vincent de Paul Southeast Head Start centers. The evaluation measures the effectiveness of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence in the areas of language development and early literacy, math reasoning and number sense, social skills, visual arts, music, and readiness to learn. The sample of Southeast Head Start Center children, 70 percent of whom are Spanish speaking, will be compared with a control group, half of whom are Hispanic. Once the children enter kindergarten, follow-up studies will track the academic progress of the two groups.
Art with a Heart, Inc .
For continued support and expansion of the Summer Job Program of visual arts for at-risk youth in the Rose Street community. The four-week program, designed as job-readiness training and operating five days a week, four hours each day, engages 30 youth in creating 60 pieces of art work, including mosaics and decoupage furniture, to be marketed at Artscape.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.
For continued support of the Pre-Allied Health Bridge Project and the Career Coaching Program. The alliance was created in response to the lack of requisite basic skills on the part of many entry-level workers applying for the postsecondary training that leads to high paying jobs. The program is designed to help entry-level workers and job seekers to advance in health careers and postsecondary education, by providing them with work-based learning opportunities and math remediation.
Business Interface, Inc.
To provide tuition assistance for the warehouse associate job training program for 21 low-income, ex-offender minority males in Baltimore City. The program calls for a four-week training program in basic computer skills to track products, in reading skills to understand where products are retrieved and stored, and in basic math skills. Business Interface finds placement opportunities with local warehouse employers and tracks job retention for a six-month period.
CASA of Maryland, Inc .
For continued support of the Baltimore Worker Employment Center for day laborers and low-income workers. The formal hiring center offers a safe and organized way of helping workers find jobs, helping them to avoid waiting on street corners to be hired. Each month, the center aims to place 300 workers into temporary jobs, and 10 workers into permanent jobs, all paying a living wage. In addition, CASA provides identification cards to those who register with them and helps to solve legal problems, such as recovering lost wages.
Center for Urban Families
For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for unemployed and/or underemployed 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.
Community College of Baltimore County Foundation
Toward support of a job-training program for 70 ex-offenders and homeless persons at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center in Baltimore City. This program will focus on training and job placement in commercial truck driving and building maintenance.
GROUP Ministries, Inc .
For the purchase of a house in the Rosemont community, and to provide job training for ex-offenders engaged in the renovation work of that house. GROUP Ministries plans to train 20 to 30 men in carpentry, drywall, and painting in preparation for pre-journeyman status. The house, once completed, will be used as a transitional group home for ex-offenders in recovery.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and free tax preparation services. The goal, utilizing creative marketing strategies, is to prepare at least 14,000 tax returns and initiate a financial counseling hotline.
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 32 men per week, providing them with employment opportunities, stipends for living expenses, and referrals to drug-treatment and job-training programs. An average of 45 young adults (half of whom are homeless) participate in mental health counseling, on-site GED classes, homework assistance, and art activities. Daily peer mediation sessions are offered in an effort to help reduce gang-related crime.
South Baltimore Learning Center
Toward a literacy skills program for adults at the Eastside Career Center. The program enables students to advance at least one grade level by the end of the first 72-hour session. After completing the second session, students are referred to other employment training 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, integrating adult education services with job training, placement, and post-placement services. Learn to Earn offers specialized training in child care, medical terminology, certified nursing assistance, culinary arts, administrative assistance, and computer technology.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
For continuation of an initiative to provide 30 reliable, reconditioned, and Maryland-inspected cars to low-income persons in Baltimore City. Partnering with community-based organizations, Vehicles for Change enables individuals to drive to work and transport their families to essential destinations.
Year Up Washington, Inc.
For the implementation of the Year Up Baltimore Pilot Program, a workforce development initiative for at-risk young adults ages 18 to 24 in Baltimore City. By providing a core group of talented students to serve the Baltimore business community, Year Up will recruit and train 40 low-income young people for entry-level positions in information technology. At the same time, Year Up will build partnerships with Maryland colleges to provide academic credit for program participants.
Health & Human Services
A Few Good Men and Women, Inc. (AFGMW)
For a supportive housing program to assist recovering addicts and ex-offenders. AFGMW offers recovery support and links to mental-health services, job-readiness training, literacy and GED preparation, and self-help groups.
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)
Toward continued support of programming designed to improve quality of life for Baltimore City children. As part of the "Maryland Can Do Better for Children" campaign, ACY provides research-based recommendations for strategies to meet the needs of Maryland's children, including the implementation of the Family Team Decision Making model to help reduce the number of foster care placements; the promotion of bonuses to attract strong school principals; support for community-based programs such as Multi-Systemic Therapy and Functional Family Therapy, which have been shown to reduce recidivism; and expansion of oral health care for children on Medicaid.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Regional Housing Equity Project. The purpose of the project is to provide more than 6,000 families the opportunity to move from racially isolated public housing units in Baltimore City to nonimpacted, low-poverty, racially integrated neighborhoods throughout the region that offer greater education, employment, and housing opportunities.
For continued support of after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk students in the Park Heights Community, and for operating expenses to provide utilities, insurance, and security monitoring for a newly renovated and expanded after-school facility. Located in one of the poorest and most distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore City, B-Spirit-A2Y offers an opportunity for 50 children and adolescents to engage in tutoring, homework support, community service projects, organized games, and sporting events in a safe and nurturing environment.
Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc .
To continue to provide birth certificates and photo IDs for Baltimore City residents who are in need of health insurance, shelter, housing, and addiction services. Baltimore HealthCare Access will screen applicants for eligibility for health insurance programs and, if needed, purchase identification and citizenship documents for clients applying for benefits.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU
For continued support of a volunteer-run basketball program for 120 inner-city boys ages eight to 17. The program provides the boys with the opportunity to compete successfully in AAU state and national basketball tournaments. In addition to being taught basketball skills, teamwork, and good sportsmanship, all Stars players receive mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation assistance. With the educational and personal support provided by Stars coaches, many of the players have attended the top private and public magnet high schools in Baltimore.