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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2003.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland
For support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project, designed to ensure that schools serving disadvantaged students receive adequate and equitable funding.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
To provide scholarships enabling Baltimore City at-risk students to attend parochial schools in Baltimore City during the 2003-2004 school year, as part of a longitudinal study to compare academic achievement of students at parochial schools with the control group at public schools. By participating in this model program, the at-risk students are expected to benefit from smaller classes, one-on-one instruction, and a more structured educational setting.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
To help pay tuition at area parochial schools for children of families living in the Patterson Park community.
Baltimore City Public School System/Baltimore City College
For continued support of the 2003-2004 Speech and Debate/Mock Trial Program.
Baltimore City Public School System/Baltimore City College
To fund recruitment of qualified candidates to teach in City College High School's International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.
Baltimore City Public School System/Midtown Academy
For support of expenses, including curricular support, building repair and maintenance for the 2003-2004 school year. Created as part of Baltimore City's New Schools Initiative, the Midtown Academy now offers education from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Baltimore City Public School System/National Academic League
In support of the 2003-2004 National Academic League in 30 Baltimore City middle schools The League provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in an atmosphere of competitive excitement traditionally associated with athletic events.
Baltimore City Public School System/New Schools Initiative
To fund the cost of retaining a coordinator for Baltimore City's New Schools Initiative for the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year. The coordinator oversees the development of charter schools and works with nonprofit operators to convert existing public schools, or start a new public school The New Schools Initiative enjoys greater autonomy in governance, staffing, programming and budgeting.
Baltimore Curriculum Project, Inc.
For the implementation of the Baltimore Curriculum Project for the 2003-2004 school year. The project provides planning and management oversight of four Baltimore City public schools as part of the New Schools Initiative, offers a combination of Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge curricula and serves as an incubator for pilot strategies.
Baraka School, Inc.
For expenses to phase out a boarding school for 40 at-risk underachieving Baltimore City middle school students. The school, located in Kenya, offered a nine-month residential academic program Baraka graduates will continue to be monitored through high school graduation.
Commonweal Foundation, Inc.
For support of the 2003-2004 Pathways to Success boarding school scholarships for 12 at-risk, financially needy Baltimore City public school students. All Pathways scholars are required to have summer jobs and to participate in school-based employment or community service during the school year.
Core Knowledge Foundation Inc.
For the continued implementation of the Core Knowledge Preschool Curriculum in all Baltimore County Head Start Centers and pre-kindergarten programs in four Baltimore City public schools. The professional development and resources in literacy, math, science, social skills and the arts are intended to improve the quality of instruction and teachers as well as provide for increased student achievement in kindergarten and beyond.
Fund for Educational Excellence
In support of school principal development.
Fund for Educational Excellence
To support the costs of creating a website for Teaching That Works, a math curriculum for fourth- and fifth-grade students Teaching That Works aligns the Baltimore City math curriculum with Maryland's new testing program. With this grant, Maryland teachers can receive online guidance and access curricular lessons and materials that have proven successful in raising math achievement in City schools.
Institute of Notre Dame
Toward an endowment to provide scholarships and financial aid.
Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools
For the 2003-2004 evaluations of designated Abell-funded education initiatives.
A planning grant for the KIPP Harbor Academy As a small, middle school model, KIPP is built on the philosophy of high expectations, student and family commitment, longer school hours, autonomous school leadership and focus on academic achievement. Students are expected to make a commitment to the fine and performing arts in after-school and Saturday morning programming.
For support of The Learning Cooperative, a dropout recovery/academic credit program for Baltimore City at-risk middle school students.
Office of the Mayor
To help fund the Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowships, Summer 2003. The purpose of the program is to develop a staff recruitment pipeline within City government, by recruiting and training fellows for permanent City government positions.
Parks & People Foundation
To underwrite recruitment costs of college students serving as teachers in Super Kids Camp 2003. The summer camp is a six-week educational, cultural and recreational program developed for third-grade Baltimore City public school students performing below grade level.
Saint Frances Academy
In support of covering costs for eight remaining male students experiencing homelessness in the Father Joubert boarding program at St. Frances Academy.
Teach For America-Baltimore
For the continued support of recruitment, training, and professional development for Teach For America Corps members in Baltimore City public schools. These recent college graduates make a two-year commitment and are offered an opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.
The Ingenuity Project
In support of the 2003-2004 Ingenuity Project, an intensive math and science curriculum for more than 450 Baltimore City public elementary, middle and high school students, with emphasis on scientific research and preparation for national competitions.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for selected underachieving at-risk male students from Baltimore City for the 2003-2004 school year. The grant also includes funding for a retention counselor whose responsibilities are to encourage positive attitudes, appropriate social behavior and academic achievement.
Health & Human Services
Baltimore ACORN/American Institute for Social Justice
For second-year funding of a comprehensive lead poisoning prevention program in the Park Heights Avenue area. The initiative assesses lead hazards in homes and refers families to lead poisoning prevention and treatment resources.
Baltimore Mental Health Systems
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.
Baltimore Police Foundation
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.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For support of the Patterson Park Youth Programs, including basketball and football leagues, a reading club, an art club and a youth employment project.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
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.
Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Inc. (CARTA)
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.
Center for Poverty Solutions
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.
Citizens Planning and Housing Association
Toward staffing of an eviction reform initiative in Baltimore City. The initiative will study the legislative provisions and court processes with a view to reducing the number of evictions.
Episcopal Housing Corporation
For the development of Curry Oxford House, a residential treatment center for eight recovering male addicts, in Lafayette Square. The Oxford House model provides a structured environment and is democratically run, self-supporting, and drug-free. Each resident must have employment and pay weekly rent; if found to be using alcohol or drugs, the resident is asked to leave immediately.
Episcopal Social Ministries
In support of the Collington Square Re-Entry Program Expansion Project. The eight-week faith-based program offers support services, job training and job placement to addicted men and women in recovery.
Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
For support of Power Inside, a literacy, life skills and community re-integration program for women currently or formerly incarcerated in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The purpose of the program is to reduce the recidivism rate among the female transient jail population.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
For continued support of a pilot nursing program designed to enroll Good Samaritan Hospital employees in nursing school at Coppin State College Nursing and remediation classes are offered to 30 Good Samaritan employees on-site at the hospital.
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
For startup costs of Project Bridge, a transitional employment project for ex-offenders returning to Baltimore City. After completing five weeks of training prior to release from prison, participants are referred to work crews for three months before being placed into employment Project Bridge is a partnership among Goodwill Industries, Catholic Charities, Second Chance and STRIVE.
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Third-year funding of the SEETTS program (Supporting Ex-Offenders in Employment, Training and Transitional Services), a workforce development initiative for persons leaving Maryland prisons and returning to Baltimore City. The program, providing 14 weeks of transitional services for up to 120 inmates at a time, assists participants in securing gainful employment through job readiness.
Harbor City Services, Inc.
Toward the development of a remanufacturing business to provide employment for Baltimore City residents with psychiatric disabilities. The business focuses on the production of rebuilt shopping carts.
Health Care for the Homeless
Toward the six-month due diligence phase of a capital relocation of Health Care for the Homeless that includes the obtaining of zoning approval, hiring of a project manager, architectural fees for preliminary drawings, costs of technical engineering support, and an environmental assessment.
Healthcare Workers Training Institute
For support of a job training and education program for low-skilled health care workers in partnership with Baltimore City hospitals. The object of the partnership is to provide skills training, adult education services, computer instruction and career counseling to entry-level wage earners, all leading to job promotion and retention in health care occupations.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Two-year funding in support of Dee's Place, a non-traditional substance abuse recovery center serving residents in East Baltimore. A 24-hour recovery program, Dee's Place provides a safe and welcoming facility to recovering addicts at risk of succumbing to relapse because of the unavailability of services for them during off-hours. The coalition refers clients to health, housing and employment services.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
For continued support of a program designed to promote legal representation for Baltimore City ex-offenders in helping them remove past convictions from their criminal records. The program educates ex-offenders about ramifications of their criminal records, sentencing procedures, probation and parole, and waiver of filing fees. The program also researches policies designed to reduce re-incarceration due to technical and parole violations.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
For the implementation of the special mobility programs established in accordance with the Thompson v. HUD partial consent decree. The program provides financial assistance and counseling to families served by the Section 8 Mobility Counseling Program. It is designed to encourage rental assistance recipients to move out of inner-city neighborhoods into surrounding county neighborhoods that offer a better quality of life.
I Say No 2
For the acquisition of a vacant property to serve as faith-based transitional housing for 16 addicted women and their children in the Westport/Cherry Hill neighborhoods. The program assists participants with job searches and addresses their health and legal issues, while encouraging them to attend counseling and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, adhere to household rules and perform community chores.
Job Opportunities Task Force
For continued support to expand educational experiences for eligible prison inmates, establish linkages with employers receptive to hiring ex-offenders, advocate for dropout prevention strategies and recovery programs in non-traditional educational settings, and urge the simplification of forms of all income support programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps.
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Fourth-year funding for an initiative to address financial needs of non-custodial parents burdened with child support obligations. The program provides individual representation to more than 200 non-custodial parents, addressing systemic problems with the child support enforcement system through litigation. The program also works with the Child Support Enforcement Administration to improve statewide child support policy and to educate service providers and noncustodial parents.
Maryland Society for Sight
For continued support of the Mobile Eye Care for the Homeless Expansion Program. The program's van visits five locations each month and provides free eye examinations and glasses.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
To support the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign, an initiative to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free income tax preparation service. The goal of the program is to increase the number of tax returns prepared for low-income taxpayers eligible to receive the EITC.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
Toward costs of renovation, furniture and household items for the creation of Nazareth House II, a second transitional housing facility for recovering male addicts in Highlandtown.