For expansion of the Baltimore City Public School Pantry Program. The goal is to supplement families' food budgets while at the same time encouraging parents to take an active role in their children's education. In exchange for volunteering in the schools, parents are eligible to attend classes on nutrition, budgeting, and economic meal planning, and to receive free food once a month.
In support of the JumpStart Electrical Training Program. The 40-hour, one-week course is designed to train STRIVE graduates to become electricians' helpers. STRIVE's goal is to train 40 participants and place 32 graduates into employment, and enroll JumpStart graduates in the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprentice Program.
Fifth-year funding of the STRIVE Baltimore Program, a comprehensive job training and placement service for unemployed and underemployed men and women. The three-week program prepares participants for the workforce through workshops that focus on attitude modification and the development of job readiness skills. Core services include job placement with long-term follow-up, one-on-one and group counseling, and case management.
To fund a study, "Identifying Programmatic and Collaborative Strategies to Reduce Teen Childbearing: A Blueprint for Change for Baltimore City." The study will document practices in teen pregnancy prevention in other cities, and will undertake to develop a strategic plan to improve the quality and delivery of teen pregnancy prevention services.
For continued support of a biotechnology laboratory training program for disadvantaged Baltimore City high school graduates. The program prepares the graduates for positions as bioscience technicians in various biotechnical companies/laboratories. The Institute also designs specialized training programs for existing entry-level laboratory workers in client-specific skills and procedures, affording the workers the opportunity for advancement.
For support of the Patterson Park Youth Programs, including basketball and football leagues, a reading club, an art club and a youth employment project.
For the purchase and implementation of Employee Stat Early Warning System Its state-of-the-art computerized performance analysis system makes possible rapid and effective deployment of police personnel.
For support of the Mental Health Policy Institute for Leadership and Training, designed to develop a plan for a systemic model focusing on access to mental health care for low-income persons.
For two summer interns to research the effectiveness of the City's eviction prevention program and prepare an analysis of the Code Blue Program, a supplemental emergency shelter system activated in inclement cold weather, during the winter of 2002-2003.
For the development of a report on youth homelessness in Baltimore.