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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2018.

Education

Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Since its founding in 1992, Arts Education for Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance has worked to ensure that all of Maryland’s public schoolchildren have consistent and equitable access to high quality arts education.  In Baltimore City, arts education is largely uncoordinated, with unevenly distributed resources and nonexistent or incomplete data. This grant will support a three-county pilot of the Artlook Data Map, a searchable database that provides information about arts courses at each school, the percentage of students enrolled, and the community arts partners who work there.  Ultimately, Artlook will increase accountability and promote equitable opportunities for arts education in Maryland public schools.  

Baltimore City Public Schools

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of efforts by the Education Strategy Group to prepare BCPS students for economic and career success. 

Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.

$85,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL), a national initiative, has reintroduced debate into Baltimore’s public school classrooms over the last two decades as a strategy to engage and inspire students from our city’s most under-resourced schools. BUDL has reached thousands of students from 4th grade to 12th grade, and changed their personal and academic trajectories by helping them discover their voice and reach their potential through debate. This grant will support the expansion of the Debate League to 46 schools and serve over 700 students in the 2018/19 school year.

Baltimore Urban Debate League

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Elementary/Middle School Competitive Debate Program with teams at a minimum of 32 Baltimore City Schools.

Baltimore’s Promise

$500,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

Building STEPS, Inc.

$35,000
Brooklandville, MD

Building STEPS provides promising students from Baltimore's non-academic criteria high schools interested in science and technology (STEM) with an education in workplace dynamics and internships, as well as counseling in college and career choices in a program that spans from 11th grade through college to career. Building STEPS intends for 88 percent of its participants to earn a post-secondary degree, and the vast majority will be the first in their family to graduate from college. This grant will enable Building STEPS to expand the number of high schools it serves from 15 to 18-20, and increase the number of incoming 11th grade students to 150. Overall, the program will serve over 550 Baltimore City students/graduates ages 16-24 in the next year.

 

Carnegie Institution for Science

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$53,500
Baltimore, MD

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

$59,215
Baltimore, MD

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

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of ongoing and expanding efforts to identify, promote, and advance opportunities to significantly improve outcomes for Baltimore City Public Schools students.

Growth Sector

$100,000
San Francisco, CA

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.

Improving Education

$110,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

MERIT Health Leadership Academy

$70,000
Baltimore, MD

MERIT, founded in 2011 by a TFA City teacher, is now a comprehensive academic and career mentorship program supporting Baltimore City public school students who aspire to careers in medicine.  MERIT scholars take advanced academic classes on Saturdays, work in hospitals and lab during paid summer internships, and receive long-term college and career mentorship. Serving over 300 talented students as early as 8th grade, MERIT can boast that 96% of its participants enroll in 4-year colleges with an aim of 90% college completion. The current Abell award will specifically support the college-prep and pre-med curriculum development for Baltimore's aspiring health professionals in MERIT’s 8th grade through College program. 

National Academic League

$145,055
Baltimore, MD

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

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

To provide support for a new student data management system and more effective academic instruction and tutoring.

Reading Partners

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$108,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of covering costs for the final three homeless young men residing in the Father Joubert boarding program at St. Frances Academy.

School Colors

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of distribution of 2,200 school uniforms in 26 high-poverty elementary/middle schools in Baltimore City.

SERP

$50,000
Washington, DC

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.

Springboard Collaborative

$50,000
Philadelphia, PA

Springboard Collaborative, initiated in Philadelphia in 2011, is designed to close the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school. Now operating in 10 cities, Springboard offers summer, afterschool, and in-school programs that combine targeted reading instruction for PreK-3rd graders; weekly workshops training parents to teach reading at home; a rigorous coaching cycle for teachers; and an incentive structure that awards learning tools to families—from books to tablets—in proportion to their kids’ reading progress.  Springboard's Summer pilot in Baltimore increased reading levels for 330 students by 4.3 months in 6 weeks, and engaged 73% of parents in school and home literacy learning.  This grant from Abell and funding from Baltimore City Schools will enable Springboard to launch its Afterschool Program in Spring 2019 for 900 low-performing K-3rd grade readers.

Strong Schools Maryland (The Fund for Educational Excellence)

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$375,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

The Literacy Lab

$68,000
Washington, DC

As the first national replication partner of the successful Minnesota Reading Corps,The Literacy Lab’s core capability is delivering research and evidence-based literacy interventions to students in high poverty schools who are at risk for reading failure by the end of third grade. Partnering with Baltimore City Schools since 2016, Literacy Lab uses two models: in the Pre-K model, tutors are placed in a single classroom where they are trained to provide individual and small group literacy interventions.   In kindergarten through third grade settings, the tutors provide pullout one-on-one reading interventions for 20 minutes daily, five days per week, to a rotating caseload of 16 to18 students.  This Abell grant will support the expansion of Literacy Lab to 15 Baltimore City elementary schools and will serve close to 900 PreK-3rd grade struggling readers; 70% of participants will show significant growth.

 

The Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.

$40,000
Washington, DC

Urban Alliance (UA), founded in 1996 in Washington, DC, is a national youth development non-profit that provides economically-disadvantaged young people with the exposure, opportunity, support and training needed to prepare them for lifelong economic self-sufficiency.  Its core program matches high school seniors with paid, professional internships, jobs skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing post-program support. With previous Abell funding, Urban Alliance is now also placing career bound CTE 12th graders in internships and employment. This Abell grant will support strategic and implementation planning to expand Urban Alliance’s youth employment model into a systemic career readiness provider and workforce intermediary among Baltimore City Public Schools, the Mayor's Office of Employment Development and employers.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of a renovation of the Nursing Simulation Lab at Edmondson-Westside high school.

Urban Teachers

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

Workforce Development

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Baltimore Workforce Funder Collaborative’s Workforce Outcomes Study.

Baltimore City Foundation

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of 500 YouthWorks summer jobs for Baltimore City residents.

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

Since 1998, with support from the Abell Foundation, BTI has trained over 400 Baltimore City residents as entry-level technicians in the growing bio-pharma industry.  Students first complete BioSTART, BTI’s six-week bridge program, which was started so that BTI could admit students with lower math scores.  The program is working.  On average, BioSTART students increase their math scores by at least three grade levels, testing at the 11th-grade level by the end of six weeks. Students move on to the Laboratory Associates program, where student continue training for 9 weeks and complete three-week internships.  Over the past year, 45 enrolled into BioSTART, with 37 (or 82 percent completing the 6-week program).  These 37 students enrolled in the 9-week Lab Associates program.  Of these students, 32 (or 86 percent) completed the training.  BTI estimates that over 77 percent of those graduates will be placed into research laboratory and manufacturing technician positions, at an average wage of $13.77/hour.  

BUILD

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Turnaround Tuesday jobs movement which aims to place Baltimore City residents in jobs to earn a livable wage.

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

$100,000
Langley Park, MD

The Baltimore Welcome Center provides employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers who begin to assemble early in the morning in the hope of being selected for jobs in construction, landscaping, home improvement, sanitation, and other day-to-day, physical labor-intensive jobs. In the coming year, CASA plans to place workers in 1,700 daily jobs, 40 temporary/seasonal jobs, and 35 permanent jobs; to provide 150 people with legal consultation on immigration, employment, or housing matters; to provide 500 people with basic financial education/counseling, and 300 low-income households with free tax preparation services; yo educate 200 eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) about the naturalization process, and help 75 LPRs submit their naturalization application; and to provide 60 students with Mi Espacio after-school programming.

CASH Campaign of Maryland

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

$350,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for men and women.

Citywide Youth Development

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the EMAGE (Entrepreneurs Making and Growing Enterprises) Industrial Apparel Manufacturing Program.

Civic Works, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

Job Opportunities Task Force

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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 Center for Adult Training, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Center for Adult Training (MCAT) provides market-specific, technology-based, vocational training for the economically disadvantaged Baltimore City residents.  Last year, MCAT enrolled 87 Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA) students.  Of the 87 students enrolled, 74 students (or 85 percent) completed their certification training, with a grade average of 85 percent or higher. Of those graduates, 66 students (or 89 percent) became employed, earning an average annual salary of $23,207.  MCAT also offered a Patient Care Technician training program, enrolling eight students.  All eight successfully completed the training course, became nationally certified and are now employed, earning an average salary of $30,680. In the coming year, MCAT plans to train 45 students as CNAs/GNAs 15 students as Patient Care Technicians.

Maryland New Directions

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of sustaining MND's job-readiness and industry-specific skills programs.

NPower, Inc.

$100,000
New York, NY

In 2016, with support from the Abell Foundation and others, NPower replicated its IT training program for low-income young adults in Baltimore.  NPower's core training program begins with 15 weeks of classroom instruction that prepares participants for industry certifications. The academic portion focuses on teaching fundamental IT skills, including operating systems, servers, network security, and databases. In addition to receiving instruction and certification in CompTIA A+, students are now receiving instruction and certifications in Cloud Computing, Linux systems administration, network administration, and Windows Server Administration.  Following the classroom instruction,  NPower participants  enter a seven-week paid internship at a local employer, working four days per week, while one day is spent in professional development activities in the classroom.  In the coming year, NPower plans to enroll 150 low-income young adults into training, graduating 120 and placing 102 into employment. 

Parks & People Foundation

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

$88,500
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Home Care Worker Initiative.

Rose Street Community Center

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

Since February 2000, with support from the Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center (Rose Street) has offered small weekly stipends (no more than $10 a day) to community residents in exchange for participation in daily community cleanups or gang mediation meetings.  Last year, Rose Street served more than 120 people per week.  Over 20 percent of those served each week (approximately 25 people) reside in Rose Street’s six transitional houses.  Those residing in the houses participate daily in community cleanups. Once they have secured employment, Rose Street staff assists them in obtaining permanent housing.  Almost half of those served each week (approximately 60 people) are high-risk youth ages 15 to 24.  Rose Street holds morning meetings with the youth were the youth identify and de-escalate disputes.  Rose Street also connects the youth to programs and services available in the community.

South Baltimore Learning Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

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