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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2018.
Baltimore City Public Schools
In support of efforts by the Education Strategy Group to prepare BCPS students for economic and career success.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
The Abell Foundation has supported the launch and growth of the Baltimore Kids Chess League in Baltimore City Public Schools since 2004. Part of the Abell portfolio of afterschool "academic" sports, The Chess League serves over 700 kindergarten through 12th grade students in 45 schools who practice weekly with teacher mentors and compete in local, state and national Chess Federation tournaments with increasing success. Baltimore is now on the map as a chess-development hub.
Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap
In resource-strapped districts like Baltimore City, teachers spend an average of $600 of their own money each year for school supplies for their students. The Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap aims to lighten that burden by providing teachers with donated or surpassed supplies to support classroom learning. This grant supports the Swap's Supply Mobile, which brings the most needed supplies directly to the teachers at their schools.
Baltimore Urban Debate League
In support of the Elementary/Middle School Competitive Debate Program with teams at a minimum of 32 Baltimore City Schools.
In support of providing occupational skills training leading to employment for 500 Baltimore City Schools graduates in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 who do not enroll in four-year colleges and universities through the new Career Pathways Demonstration Model: Grads2Careers.
Carnegie Institution for Science
In support of the second year of a three-year initiative to offer BioEYES life science outreach education program to every seventh grade student in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Code in the Schools
Code in the Schools is a non-profit that increases computer science education opportunities and the links to post-secondary pathways for Baltimore City youth. The Abell Foundation provided funding to Code in the Schools to assist Baltimore City Schools in building out its computer science career pathway program in six City high schools.
Efforts include establishing a technology advisory board, developing curriculum, training teachers and providing a summer boot camp. Enrollment in the pathway has doubled as a result of these efforts. Continuing funding will help establish more work and career-related learning experiences for students.
Commodore John Rodgers
In support of second-year implementation of Tools of the Mind in 10 pre-kindergarten classes at the 100% Project Schools.
Fund for Educational Excellence
Partnering with Baltimore City Schools, The Abell Foundation has co-sponsored the Baltimore Robotics League, an afterschool competitive robotics clubs for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade who build and compete in VEX and FIRST tournaments locally and nationally. Over 600 students participate in robotics clubs three hours per week at 78 school locations. Abell funding this year has been dedicated to increasing the number of Jr. FIRST Lego teams in 20 elementary schools.
Fund for Educational Excellence
In support of ongoing and expanding efforts to identify, promote, and advance opportunities to significantly improve outcomes for Baltimore City Public Schools students.
In support of piloting the national STEM Core math acceleration model with 50 students at Digital Harbor high school and Forest Park high school in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and Baltimore City Community College.
In support of Improving Education's Networked Improvement Community expansion to second grade (from kindergarten to first grade) in 10 schools to increase reading achievement.
National Academic League
The National Academic League (NAL) is designed to address the disproportionate attention that is given to sports over academics and provides a scholastic extracurricular activity that boosts student achievement in middle school.
Middle and Elementary/Middle schools in 15 school districts across the U.S. are currently participating in the NAL. Introduced to Baltimore City Schools by the Abell Foundation in 1993, NAL has just completed its 24th year as a member of the league. This operating grant provides support for 22 middle school teams and over 450 students to participate in the October to March competitive season that provides academic preparation and mentoring from teacher coaches.
Next One Up Foundation
To provide support for a new student data management system and more effective academic instruction and tutoring.
In support of this one-on-one tutoring program that increases literacy for 80 elementary-aged students at 16 Baltimore City schools.
Saint Frances Academy
In support of covering costs for the final three homeless young men residing in the Father Joubert boarding program at St. Frances Academy.
In support of distribution of 2,200 school uniforms in 26 high-poverty elementary/middle schools in Baltimore City.
In support of implementing the Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI), a national demonstration study, for low-performing middle school students in Baltimore City Schools over four years.
Strong Schools Maryland (The Fund for Educational Excellence)
In support of building a statewide grassroots constituency to support the evolution of Maryland’s public education and financing system in 2019.
Teach For America-Baltimore
In support of Teach For America (TFA) Baltimore's new development models to maximize the leadership of its teachers, leaders and alumni to impact individual City schools.
The Community School, Inc.
For the final build out of the fourth year of the diploma program at the newly-certified, non-public Community School, an accelerated academic and
mentoring high school for students who have failed in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The Ingenuity Project
In support of the 2018-2019 Ingenuity Project, an advanced math, science, and research program for 650 Baltimore City public middle and high school students.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
In support of a renovation of the Nursing Simulation Lab at Edmondson-Westside high school.
In support of the Urban Teachers Baltimore Project to increase the number of new teachers hired and trained in Baltimore City Public Schools to 80-85 in 2018-2019.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
In support of the Baltimore Workforce Funder Collaborative’s Workforce Outcomes Study.
Baltimore City Foundation
In support of 500 YouthWorks summer jobs for Baltimore City residents.
In support of the Turnaround Tuesday jobs movement which aims to place Baltimore City residents in jobs to earn a livable wage.
CASH Campaign of Maryland
The CASH Campaign of Maryland (CASH) promotes economic advancement for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Baltimore and across Maryland. Since 2001, CASH has worked to increase access to the Earned Income Tax Credit, a powerful work incentive and poverty-alleviation tool, lifting more families out of poverty than any other federal aid program. With funding from the Abell Foundation and others, CASH provides 10,000 Baltimore City households with free tax preparation, supporting 18 to 20 free tax preparation sites throughout Baltimore. CASH also works to build the assets of low-wage tax filers by providing financial education and coaching. CASH is also working to establish an Office of Financial Empowerment within Baltimore City government.
Center for Urban Families, Inc.
For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for men and women.
Citywide Youth Development
In support of the EMAGE (Entrepreneurs Making and Growing Enterprises) Industrial Apparel Manufacturing Program.
Civic Works, Inc.
Civic Works Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC) has built a multi-tiered green career “pathway out of poverty” by training and placing Baltimore City residents in the brownfields remediation and residential energy-efficiency industries. During the five-week entry-level brownfields remediation training program, participants receive five industry-recognized certifications and conduct a hands-on practicum. The three-month, entry-level energy retrofit installer training program provides one month of classroom-based instruction and two months of on-the-job training through Civic Works’ social enterprise, known as EnergyReady. Graduates are placed into jobs earning $15.29 per hour.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation
The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) Baltimore trains unemployed and/or underemployed Baltimore City residents in welding and computer numerical control (CNC) at the Regional Skills Training Center on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore. With funding from the Abell Foundation, students receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized credentials in a work-like environment. Beyond technical skills training, JARC Baltimore provides employment readiness and financial support services to trainees during and after training. Graduates are placed in jobs earning an average of $16.80 per hour.
Job Opportunities Task Force
The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is an independent nonprofit organization that works to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income Maryland workers and job seekers. In partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), JOTF operates Project JumpStart, a pre-apprenticeship construction program that provides low-income Baltimore City residents with 14 weeks of pre-apprenticeship training in plumbing, electrical and carpentry. With funding from the Abell Foundation, Project Jumpstart plans to serve 125 residents over six classes in two locations in Baltimore City. Approximately 80% of those who are enrolled will complete; 75% of those who complete will be placed into employment with wages averaging over $12/hr. For the past two years, 28% of those who are placed into employment have enrolled into the four-year ABC apprenticeship program. First-year apprentices earn between $12 and $16 per hour; with annual increases, by the time an apprentice graduates in four years and obtains journeymen status, he or she is earning $24 to $36 per hour.
Maryland New Directions
In support of sustaining MND's job-readiness and industry-specific skills programs.
Parks & People Foundation
n support of ‘Branches,’ an environmental education, employment skills training, and green jobs internship program for Baltimore City high school students.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
In support of the Home Care Worker Initiative.
South Baltimore Learning Center
The South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC) has provided adult education services to Baltimore City residents for nearly three decades, serving more than 600 adult students each year. With funding from the Abell Foundation, SBLC plans to offer 12 classes at the Regional Skills Training Center (RSTC) located on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore. Classes will include three low literacy/low math classes designed for applicants that did not qualify for sector skills training programs located at the RSTC, three traditional pre-GED classes for eligible training participants, and three GED fast-track classes. SBLC's goal is to provide effective instruction that will result in the grade level gains needed to access one of the sector training programs in the RSTC.
Strong City Baltimore
In support of the Adult Learning Center’s Intensive GED Preparation Program.
The Lazarus Rite
In support of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program for returning citizens to Baltimore City.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
In support of providing car awards for low-income Baltimore residents for employment purposes.
Health & Human Services
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
In support of the ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project.
Advocates for Children and Youth
In support of activities to improve the outcomes for Baltimore City’s foster and homeless youth.
Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
The Samaritan Center – a project of Catholic Charities – offers to help people resolve emergency needs and increase self-sufficiency through information and referral services, direct financial assistance, and advocacy. This grant provided eviction prevention funds to serve 120 households at risk of homelessness. The Samaritan Center works closely with low-income families and landlords to resolve unpaid rent and ensure clients remain stably house after receiving assistance.
Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
In support of providing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services for the Immigrant Children Project at the Esperanza Center.
At Jacob's Well, Inc.
In support of purchasing and renovating an additional house for the AJW Permanent Housing program.
Baltimore City Health Department
For support of Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to provide vision screening and eyeglasses for Baltimore City elementary and middle school students.
Baltimore Community Rowing
In support of Reach High Baltimore, an after-school rowing program for Baltimore City middle and high school students.
Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
To provide 35 uninsured women with long-acting reversible contraceptives.
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc.
In support of providing comprehensive services to homeless women and children.
Benefits Data Trust
In support of the Maryland Benefits Center, which provides comprehensive benefits access for low-income seniors.