Springboard Collaborative, initiated in Philadelphia in 2011, is designed to close the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school.
Southwest Partnership is a partnership of seven neighborhoods and six anchor institutions formed to focus on community redevelopment while preserving the uniqueness of these communities. The former Lord Baltimore Theater, is an iconic building along the historic retail strip that SWP has targeted for redevelopment as a cultural arts/education center. This grant provided support for a consultant to develop financing structure for redevelopment of the Theater, and assist SWP with the establishment of a nonprofit organization to oversee the property.
Sisters Circle, founded in 2000, is a long-term mentoring program for girls, with a primary focus on young women of color. Participants enter the program in cohorts of 30 during their 6th grade from Commodore John Rodgers, Henderson Hopkins, and City Springs elementary schools, and are paired with a cadre of caring mentors who commit to a minimum of 10 years.
Roberta’s House provides grief education, counseling and support through group programs for children, teens, families, and individual adults suffering from the death of a loved one. This grant supported the construction of a three-story 21,000 square foot bereavement center to replace 11 vacant properties on the 900 block of East North Avenue. The new center will include art activity rooms, a theater, a large family gathering area, a game room, an expression room, conference rooms, administrative offices, workstations and a resource library.
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 Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) is a statewide dental access advocacy group. In 2018, MDAC and other groups successfully advocated for the creation of a pilot project to provide comprehensive dental benefits to Maryland adutls who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. MDAC is launching a collaborative of professionals from the dental, health and social services sectors to provide support and guidance to the Maryland Department of Health as it implements the Medicaid adult dental pilot project. This grant supports the collaborative.
Manna House has provided meals and supportive services to the homeless and poor of Baltimore City since 1966. This grant supported renovations to their existing facility at 435 East 25th Street and two adjacent newly purchased buildings in the Harwood and Barclay neighborhoods. The project includes expanding the dining area to allow for a seating capacity of 60 clients, a build-out of new case management offices and toilet/shower facilities, and repairs to the basement.
The SPARC Center is a drop-in center designed to meet the needs of female sex workers and other vulnerable women in Baltimore City. Part of a federally-funded study that aims to reduce HIV rates by addressing drug- and sex-related risk behaviors, the center provides a range of health and social services to address the many challenges and barriers to service faced by female sex workers. This grant provides funding to hire a case manager so that the center can better meet clients' mental health and social service needs.
Located in Baltimore’s Midway neighborhood, the Compound is a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose cultural space on one acre of land that provides affordable housing to 10 working artists, affordable work/studio space to 24 artists and artisans, and employment and training opportunities to Midway residents. Residents and tenants are part of the Baltimore DIY art and music scene and the Compound became known as a venue for innovative music and cultural events.
Year Up Baltimore provides low-income Baltimore high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18 to 24, with a year of information technology (IT) training, leading to technical careers with starting salaries of $30,000 or higher. During the first six months of the program, participants co-enroll into Baltimore City Community College and Year Up, and are paid weekly stipends to attend IT classes at BCCC's Liberty Campus. During the second six months of the program, students are placed in paid internships with local partner companies to gain work experience in IT. At the completion of