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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2007.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For continued funding of the Supporting Public Schools of Choice initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to provide support for Baltimore City's charter schools striving to meet their goals. Through the creation of an active network of charter school leaders and principals, the project will foster effective governance for charter schools, help develop funding sources, strengthen instructional delivery for special education students, and put in place long-range facilities management plans.
Baltimore City Public School System/National Academic League
For support of the 2007-2008 National Academic League in 22 Baltimore City public middle schools. The league, engaging more than 550 students, provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in an atmosphere of competition traditionally associated with athletic events. The purpose of the program is to increase students' awareness of local, national, and international current events, and strengthen background knowledge in all disciplines, particularly mathematics.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
For support and expansion of the Chess Education Project, an after-school program for 70 Baltimore City public elementary and middle schools. The project will also encourage chess players to attend competitive regional and national tournaments, as well as a week-long USA Chess Camp during the summer of 2008.
BCPSS/City Neighbors Charter School
For a feasibility study comparing two options designed to accommodate expansion to the middle school grades in Baltimore City. The study will weigh the value of renovating the third-floor of the facility rented from Epiphany Church, as well as acquiring property adjacent to the existing school building for new construction in anticipation of completing the expansion.
BCPSS/The Bluford Drew Jemison Math Science Academy
Toward support of the extended week and summer bridge program for a new charter school for middle-school boys in Baltimore City. The extended time will allow for academic and cultural enrichment, as well as athletic programming. Saturday workshops will be offered to students and family members, providing life skill mentoring, housing, counseling, instruction in financial literacy, health services, and introduction to technology.
BELL Foundation (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
For support of the Summer Learning Initiative to enhance the academic and social achievement of 2,000 Baltimore City public elementary school students. The program offers six weeks of high-quality academic and social enrichment, eight hours a day, five days a week. Serving students from nine schools identified as needing improvement, the initiative has a goal of ensuring that 100 percent of the BELL participants advance out of the failing level, and at least 75 percent achieve proficiency levels in core academic skills.
Boys' Latin School of Maryland
Two grants to support tutoring, a meal plan, and a scholarship for a former Baraka School student.
Building STEPS, Inc.
For expansion of a science and technology college access program for an additional 20 underserved students in two to three Baltimore City public schools. Beginning in 11th grade, the program is designed to recruit students who have an interest in science, technology, and math, and who have average grades. During the course of the year, the students will be exposed to science and technology-based professionals through monthly off-campus seminar series. The seminars will be followed by placements in summer internships with companies focusing on science and technology. Throughout the 12th grade, STEPS will assist in the college application process and free SAT tutoring. After the students matriculate in college, the STEPS staff will maintain contact with them and encourage graduation, to ensure employment in promising science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
Chester Bridge Foundation, Inc.
For start-up costs of the Chesapeake Marine Trades School, Atlantic Maritime School, and the Anchor Academy, a Baltimore City Public School System charter high school. These programs are part of an overall strategy to provide a seamless workforce training system ensuring well-paying employment for graduating high school students within the commercial maritime industries.
Core Knowledge Foundation
Two grants in support of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Initiative in four Baltimore City Head Start Centers for March 2007 through June 2008. The initiative provides teacher training covering the implementation of language, social, mathematical reasoning, and number sense skills; leadership development; Core Knowledge resources and supplies; effective responses to issues of educating children with English as a Second Language, and collecting a comprehensive student baseline data for ongoing assessments of each child.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
For competitive scholarships for one team of four students participating in the Corporate Work-Study Program at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and at the YMCA for the 2007-2008 school year.
Toward the implementation of an online website to provide needed resources to Baltimore City public school teachers and students. Teachers in need of money to purchase materials can post descriptions of student project proposals on the not-for-profit website, while concerned individuals can search for areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the most compelling projects in full or in part. DonorsChoose will then purchase the materials and ship items to the schools. Connecting citizen philanthropists with classrooms in need serves as a powerful link to ensuring community involvement in the local schools.
Educational Opportunity Program
To provide facilitators for EOP students at each of the two new Southwestern High Schools. The purpose of the program is to increase the high school graduation rate of Baraka School graduates, to provide them with tutoring, enrichment activities, and academic and social support.
Food Studies Institute
For expansion of the Food for Life program at charter schools: Hampstead Hill Academy, The Stadium School, City Springs, and Collington Square. Designed to encourage the exposure to nutritional foods, the year-long hands-on food-based curriculum stresses the importance of acquiring knowledge about vitamins, whole grains, labeling, fat and sugar content, the difference between fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and the importance of exercise. Students are taught how to prepare food using recipes from around the world. The program involves families in community meals and gardens. To evaluate the degree of overall academic performance and student behavior as the consequence of healthier food choice, graduate students from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health will document the effectiveness of the program, gauging obesity reduction and improving the general health of the children.
Fund for Educational Excellence
For expansion of the Math Works initiative, a professional training program for second-grade through seventh-grade teachers in Baltimore City public schools to help close the achievement gap. By using electronic textbooks and hosting best practices forums, teacher discussion and workshop, the program aspires to have 90 percent of Math Works schools achieve math scores at proficiency levels as determined by the State of Maryland.
Johns Hopkins University/ Center for Social Organization of Schools
Third-year funding for an evaluation of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Southwestern High School. By providing periodic reports of progress, this study will help to determine whether EOP as a strategy, aimed at increasing graduation rates, warrants expansion in Baltimore City public schools.
Johns Hopkins University/ Center for Social Organization of Schools
For an evaluation, "The KIPP Middle School in the Baltimore City Public School System, 2002 to 2006." The focus of the analysis is to compare KIPP students with other Baltimore City public middle school students, to determine if pre-existing differences might explain higher academic achievement levels among KIPP students.
For continued support and expansion of The Learning Cooperative, a dropout prevention program for at-risk and over-age middle school students in Baltimore City public schools. The Learning Cooperative is an alternative to the traditional school setting, and offers an experimental curriculum to engage students in challenging individual and team-building initiatives, conflict-resolution training, environmental sciences, fine arts, job readiness community service, and life skills.
Lion Heart Project, Inc.
For the implementation of the Lion Heart Program, a mentoring program for 60 at-risk males at Harford Heights Middle School. After identifying at-risk students, the program provides information, resources, and support to help ensure good citizenship and on-time high school graduation.
Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences
Toward the establishment of an applied health-science program at a recently opened charter school. The academy was developed to provide intellectually rigorous, personalized and supportive college-prep education for 8th to 12th graders, with an emphasis on biotechnology, health science, and bioengineering fields.
New Leaders for New Schools
For continued support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program created to recruit and develop school principals for Baltimore City public schools. The four-year program provides recruiting, training, and placing of a minimum of 40 principals in the schools over a three-year period. Each participant attends a six-week Summer Foundations Institute, undertakes a year-long, full-time residency with a mentor, then after placement, is given two years of professional development, coaching, and support.
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
For continued support and expansion of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program, including staffing to provide coaching, mentoring, and professional development of approximately 75 new and returning music teachers at 70 schools. The two Peabody mentors offer expanded scope and sequence to the music curriculum, more age-appropriate materials and lesson plans, strategies on effective classroom management skills, and new methodologies to encourage greater student engagement and improved classroom behavior. The goal is to implement enhanced music curricula that meet state and national content standards and to increase the rate of teacher retention.
Teach For America-Baltimore
For continuation of an initiative for recruitment and training of 90 to 100 new Teach For America Corps members and ongoing support of 85 corps members teaching in Baltimore City public schools. These recent college graduates, who have made a two-year commitment, are offered the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in teaching at the Johns Hopkins University, while being placed in appropriate schools.
The Baraka School, Inc.
For expenses associated with maintaining the school campus in Kenya, East Africa, until the property is sold. The Baraka School, now closed, was a boarding school serving underachieving Baltimore City middle-school boys.
The Community School, Inc.
For general support of an alternative school setting for an academic and mentoring program serving students in the Remington community. The grant will provide programming designed to increase enrollment of disadvantaged students and prepare them for graduation and enrollment in college. The school also plans to launch an External Diploma Program designed for adults without a high school diploma by offering the opportunity to meet the requirements for a Maryland State high school diploma.
The Ingenuity Project
For support of the 2007-2008 Ingenuity Project, an intensive math, science, and research curriculum for BCPSS elementary, middle, and high school students. Launched in 1994 as a gifted and talented program, Ingenuity Project attracts students who receive superior math and science instruction and maintain high levels of student achievement, leading to acceptances into and substantial scholarships from highly selective colleges and universities.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for 13 under-achieving, at-risk male students from Baltimore City to attend a college preparatory boarding school in Mississippi for the 2007-2008 school year. The grant includes funding for a resident counselor to encourage positive attitudes, appropriate social behaviors, and academic achievement.
The SEED Foundation
Toward operating costs for the final phase of development of a boarding school for at-risk youth in Baltimore City. To achieve the goal of opening the school in the fall of 2008, the final phase of the planning will include establishing a board of trustees, helping to raise $30 million in private funds, securing site control of the former Southwestern High School facility, completing construction, developing the curriculum and programming, hiring staff, training school leadership, and launching a statewide student recruitment campaign.
Planning grant for the development of the Cherry Hill Learning Zone Initiative, a partnership among the Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore City, Towson University, and Cherry Hill's grassroots organizations. After preparing an analysis of the local neighborhood indications and publishing a report, Initiative partners will develop an action plan for specific interventions to address community needs. Outcomes for each intervention will be evaluated and best practices of comprehensive community approaches documented.
Art With A Heart
For continued support and expansion of Summer Jobcorps, a visual arts program for 30 at-risk youth living in the Rose Street community. Developed as a four-week job-training program for 14- to 21-year-olds, Art With A Heart offers summer work experience in the creating and selling of marketable art at the 2007 Artscape.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.
For continued support of career coaching, career mapping, and the Pre-Allied Health Bridge Project. The Alliance was created in response to reports that many entry-level workers lack requisite basic skills for post-secondary training leading to high paying jobs.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the BioSTART and Laboratory Associates Programs. BioSTART, a 12-week bridge program, has been developed to introduce Baltimore residents to bioscience terminology, employment possibilities, laboratory procedures, and laboratory math. Upon successful completion, students move on to the Laboratory Associates Program that includes nine-week laboratory classes, followed by three-week internships. The internships qualify the applicants for entry-level laboratory positions with average starting wages of 12 per hour, plus benefits.
CASA of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Baltimore Worker Employment Center for day laborers and low-income workers. The formal hiring center, where day laborers can have a safe, organized way of finding work rather than waiting on a street corner, will enable more than 250 workers a month to find temporary jobs, 100 workers to find permanent positions, and more than 500 workers to obtain identification cards.
Center for Urban Families
Three-year capital funding for construction of a new headquarters and workforce development center in the Mondawmin neighborhood. The new headquarters will house STRIVE Baltimore, the Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project, and the Baltimore Building Strong Families Program. All three programs target families and individuals with histories of substance abuse, ex-offenders, and people who lack access to social support systems.
Center for Urban Families
Ninth-year support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for unemployed and underemployed men and women. STRIVE prepares participants for the workforce thorough a three-week intensive workshop focusing on job readiness. The STRIVE model emphasizes attitudinal training, job placement, one-on-one and group counseling, parenting skills, and case management.
For support of the B'more Green environmental job training program to serve unemployed or underemployed residents of Baltimore City. The training consists of a seven-week, 250-hour program of hands-on fieldwork and classroom study. Upon completion, the trainees will receive certification in lead abatement and First Aid/CPR, and training in hazardous-materials remediation, emergency response, environmental site assessment and sampling, ecological restoration, and storm water management.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
For continued support of an initiative designed to reduce housing and employment discrimination against ex-offenders in Maryland. The program will provide direct legal representation for Baltimore City ex-offenders, helping to expunge past arrests and convictions from criminal records. The program educates ex-offenders about the ramifications of their criminal records, sentencing procedures, and probation and parole.
Capital funding toward the restoration of the American Brewery Brewhouse which will house Humanim's vocational programs and staff, serving nearly 1,000 clients a year. Once the building is completed in spring 2009, Humanim plans to launch a pilot employment program to serve the residents of Broadway East.
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
For continued support of the Child Support/Barriers to Employment Project, an initiative to address the financial needs of noncustodial parents with child support obligations. The project will provide individual representation to at least 200 noncustodial parents and work with the Child Support Enforcement Administration to identify and implement changes in polices and practices so that case managers act in the best interests of the children.
Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. (MCAT)
For continued support and expansion of job training programs for unemployed and underemployed youth and adults in Baltimore City. The center has developed customized health care and customer service training programs that consist of classroom training, employer-specific training, and paid internships. MCAT plans to recruit and train at least 160 individuals for positions in health care and other industries, and to maintain high placement and retention rates for all graduates.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation services. Its goal is to complete at least 7,000 tax refunds for low-income taxpayers who are eligible to receive the EITC refunds. The campaign will focus on promoting asset development strategies, including the directing of refunds to individual bank accounts and savings for homeownership and post-secondary education tuition.
Normandy House, Inc.
For renovations of a resource center serving residents of the Coldstream/Homestead/Montebello communities. The center will provide 50 children and their families with a variety of programs designed to engage children in safe activities outside the school day, in order to help keep children off the streets. During the day, a computer lab will be open to neighborhood residents. Volunteers, serving as mentors, teachers, and tutors, will operate the center and offer tutoring assistance, computer classes, piano and other music lessons, sign-language instruction, and a book club.
Paul's Place, Inc.
For support of the Hot Lunch and Ambassador programs for residents of Washington Village/Pigtown. Paul's Place serves an average of 265 meals per day and more than 65 percent of the hot lunch guests use other supportive services or obtain referrals to other organizations. Approximately 30 guests participate in the Ambassador Community Volunteer Program, a pre-job readiness training program. For every hour worked, a participant earns points toward an incentive payment that can be applied to groceries, rent, or utility bills.
Rose Street Community Center
For continued support of rehabilitation services for ex-offenders, adults recovering from substance abuse, and at-risk youth. The center provides transitional housing and case management to as many as 30 men per week, linking them to employment opportunities, providing stipends for living expenses, and referring them to drug treatment and job training programs. An average of 35 at-risk youth and young adults participate in daily peer mediation activities designed to reduce gang-related shootings and homicides.
Seedco (Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation)
For continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a Web-based tool that helps individuals and families apply for 26 different federal, state, and city benefits, including Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit, the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, and the federal Food Stamp Program. The program is designed to streamline eligibility screening application submission, and tracking of submitted applications. Seedco will work with five community-based partners to assist 1,540 individuals in receiving at least one benefit and 385 individuals in receiving multiple benefits.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the Learn to Earn Program, a job readiness training program at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program offers adult education, job-training, and placement services. Job training includes coursework in child care, medical terminology, certified nursing assistance, clerical, computer skills, and computer terminology.
Suited to Succeed
Toward operating costs of a program providing professional clothing to women in transition from unemployment or welfare-to-work. The program provides appropriate interview and workplace attire to 1,400 unemployed women seeking work. In exchange for selecting two outfits, the women are asked to donate one hour of time to help sort clothing. After their first interview, they may return to select two more professional outfits in exchange for a second donated hour. Once they obtain a job, they may return to select a fifth outfit in exchange for a third hour of volunteer time.
The Jacob France Institute
For support of a strategic planning project for funders investing in workforce development projects. The purpose of the project is to review private foundation workforce development investments and outcomes to help prioritize funding needs, inform any future investments, and identify joint funding opportunities.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Ninth-year funding for the continuation of an initiative to provide 48 donated reconditioned and Maryland-inspected cars to low-income persons in Baltimore City. Partnering with community-based organizations, Vehicles for Change enables individuals to drive to work and transport their families to essential destinations.
Health & Human Services
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)
Toward support of a community outreach program designed to improve quality-of-life outcomes for Baltimore City children. ACY will be expanding its early targeted interventions for low-performing students and schools, increasing availability of health care, with a focus on preventive services, including dental care. ACY will advocate for the expansion of community-based services and programs for abused, neglected, and delinquent youth so as to allow more children to remain safely in their homes and will advocate for improved quality of case management and services that delinquent youth receive in facilities and after release.