ABELL FOUNDATION 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
We are proud to share our 2017 Annual Report here.
Year Up Baltimore
With only half of high school graduates enrolling in college directly after high school, students in Baltimore City need alternative pathways to careers that pay living wages and offer opportunities for growth. Year Up, a national nonprofit, offers that kind of pathway by providing low-income high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18-24, with a year of information technology (IT) and business operations training. Recently released results from a national randomized control trial demonstrate the difference Year Up can make in the life trajectories of its participants. Two years after graduating from the program, participants’ wages were 40 percent higher than the control group.
Learn more about Year Up here.
Fact Check: A Survey of Available Data on Juvenile Crime in Baltimore City
In "Fact Check: A Survey of Available Data on Juvenile Crime in Baltimore City," the Abell Foundation analyzes available data on juvenile crime, arrests, and outcomes. The data shows that overall juvenile arrests are down significantly, while juvenile arrests for violence are up. Juveniles charged with violent crimes are often charged as adults, but an increasing number of these cases are transferred back to juvenile court. Case outcomes for youth charged with violent crimes appear to be driven by a small number of individual judges in a process that is not very transparent.
Read the full report here.
Baltimore City Open Land Data (BOLD)
With support from the Abell Foundation, the Community Law Center (CLC) partnered with Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) and others to create the Baltimore City Open Land Data (BOLD) web application. BOLD is a free website, which allows anyone to access parcel-level data for any property in the city. It is the only website that brings together all publicly available property information in one easy-to-use tool. The goal of BOLD is to help communities and residents be more proactive in addressing property-related issues like an absentee owner or blight.
Learn more here.
State of Urban Manufacturing: Baltimore
Based on a survey of nearly 100 business owners in Baltimore's light-manufacturing sector, The State of Urban Manufacturing: Baltimore City Snapshot, is the first study to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Baltimore City's “maker economy.” The report seeks to characterize the sector by company size, ownership, revenue, product types, and more. It also explores the barriers to growth as identified by the business owners themselves and provides recommendations to address those barriers.
Learn more here.