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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2019.

Education

ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

In spring 2020, the Maryland Legislature will tackle the aggressive “Blueprint” educational policy and school funding formula recommendations from The Kirwan Commission. This session promises to be a once in a generation opportunity to reapply an equitable statewide educational funding formula, particularly for those children living in concentrated poverty. The ACLU has been critical to maintaining educational funding over the last three decades, and will use its core strategies of advocating to policy-makers and school systems, informing and engaging parents, students and community groups, and for the first time in over a decade, litigating.  The goals are to pass a new state funding formula with additional dollars for schools with high concentrated poverty, and to pass the $2.2 billion bill for School Construction.

Baltimore Curriculum Project, Inc.

$170,125
Baltimore, MD

In 2017, Baltimore Curriculum Project was named the Lead Education Partner in the $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant to redevelop the Perkins Homes neighborhood in East Baltimore.  The overall goal of the five-year City Springs College and Career Readiness (CCR) Program is to prepare City Springs students to graduate from high school successfully prepared to pursue careers of choice via successful completion of college or other post-secondary training. Targeting 230 middle school students, City Springs will focus in Year I on bolstering academic readiness and career exploration by providing:  Individual Academic Counseling/high school planning; Accelerated Middle School Math & Science performance/Deepening English Instruction for High Performers; College and Career Resource Class/College & Career Exploration; Parent education and engagement in College and Career Readiness; Participation in Mentoring Programs.

 

Baltimore Education Research Consortium

$112,500
Baltimore, MD

Launched by the Abell Foundation and Open Society Foundation in 2007, the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) at Johns Hopkins University pursues long- and short-term educational data analysis and research, and subsequently interprets and shares the findings with Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), community, and stakeholder leaders.  Over the next two and one-half years, BERC will expand its work and support for youth in Baltimore by building a sustainable research and practice community that is open to any university or college in Maryland interested in working with Baltimore City Public Schools. 

The new governance structure, with several Councils and Research Boards, will increase opportunities to partner, disseminate findings, and translate research findings into action steps in Baltimore City.  By December 2021, BERC will transition to a new revenue model that relies primarily on research grant awards to fund BERC’s ongoing operation.

Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)

$21,000
Baltimore, MD

For over 10 years, BERC has analyzed data from the National Student Clearinghouse and Naviance to provide Baltimroe City Public School principals and staff with the latest district- and school-level figures on college access behaviors, college enrollment and degree completion amoung City hgh school graduates. In an effort to both produce an annual report and reduce high costs, BERC will automate the development of the Baltimroe City College Fact Book. In addition, an updated, online College Fact Book will be published describing college access behaviors district-wide and by individual high school (i.e., applications, acceptances, FAFSA completions, college "match", summer melt attrition), college enrollment, and degree completion for the Classes of 2012 through 2018.

Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.

$85,000
Baltimore, MD

Sponsored by the Abell Foundation and Baltimore City Public Schools since 2004, Baltimore Kids Chess offers an academic extracurricular program that serves more than 750 children from kindergarten to 12th grade in 40 schools. Teams practice weekly under the auspices of trained chess coaches and compete in novice, local, state and national chess tournaments sponsored by the United States Chess Federation. Baltimore City chess players have gained acclaim for City Schools as a powerhouse; three Kids Chess League teams are expected to advance to the 2020 USCF Nationals.

Baltimore Robotics League, fiscally sponsored by the Fund for Educational Excellence

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

In its sixth year, the Baltimore City Robotics League will continue to expand the STEM pipeline by sponsoring at least 90 FIRST Lego, Jr. FIRST Lego, VEX IQ, and VEX extracurricular robotics teams for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Directed by a City Schools Robotics Coordinator, The League provides intensive training/equipment for coaches; sponsors and provides fees for local, state and national robotics tournaments; and will launch a summer camp for the first time in 2020. The League expects to send 8 City teams to the World VEX Competition and the US Open Championships.

Baltimore's Promsie

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Launched by a diverse group of civic leaders in 2014, Baltimore's Promise is a collaboration to create a cradle to career pipeline to success for youth in Baltimore City by coordinating strategy, identifying quality programs, establishing shared outcomes, building public will, and advancing good policy. In Year 5, the work will focus on the implementation of the Grads2Careers occupational training scholarships for 2018/2019 graduates from Baltimore City Public Schools and the development of an Integrated Data System.

Carnegie Institution for Science

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

BioEYES is a week-long, hands-on biology unit delivered by Carnegie science outreach educators (with co-teaching from City classroom teachers), using live fish as subjects. The program meets the Common Core science standards, and it demonstrates—and prepares teachers for—a student-centered approach to science instruction. BioEYES allows Baltimore City students and teachers access to the world of high caliber, Nobel Prize-level science. In a recent study (Shuda, Butler, Farber, and Vary, 2015), the authors found significant gains in students’ knowledge and attitudes towards science as a result of BioEYES. 

It is expected that 3,400 8th grade students (approximately 60% of 8th grade students) will experience BioEYES in the 2019/20 school year, with the remaining teachers trained next summer. 

Commodore John Rodgers, fiscally sponsored by Strong City Baltimore

$37,070
Baltimore, MD

Developed by child psychologists, the Tools of the Mind curriculum integrates cognitive, social, and emotional domains and creates child-centered, play-based, and language-rich classrooms. This grant will support the third year of implementation of Tools in 10 pre-kindergarten classes in the 100% Project network of turnaround schools. 

Digital Harbor Foundation

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

With the Baltimore Rec-to-Tech Fellows Program, Digital Harbor Foundation aspires to  build long-term capacity of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and other community partners to provide meaningful, afterschool and summer tech programs for youth in up to five City Recreation Centers. Digital Harbor's 18-month Tech Fellows program will help hire and train a Rec and Parks Technology Coordinator in each Rec Center and a Central Office Supervisor as well as provide curricula for 14 courses and equip a dedicated tech facility in each center.  In the first year of operation, 550 youth ages 3rd-12 grade will be served, receiving 12,100 hours of afterschool/summer tech instruction ranging from Raspberry Pi to 3D Printing.

Fund for Educational Excellence

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

The Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC) is an aligned fund that directs resources to high-quality summer programs for low-income children in Baltimore City. In 2019, the SFC included 13 public and private funders that, collectively, distributed $3.49 million to 84 programs, funding a projected 12,500 seats. This grant includes funding for between 15-20 non-profit organizations that will be determined in late winter 2020 through the SFC’s request for proposals as well as a fee for Baltimore’s Promise, the SFC’s administrative backbone.

Fund for Educational Excellence

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Founded in 1984, the Fund for Educational Excellence (The Fund) is a Baltimore-based organization that supports public education through its fundraising and collaboration with Baltimore City Schools, convening and technical support to education non-profits. This operating grant enables The Fund to produce community-sourced education reports and then act upon recommendations, provide stewartship for over $20 million in philanthropic suport for innovative programs in City Schools, and convene diverse organizations and education partners to identify, facilitate and accelerate efforts to improve student achievement in Baltimore. Noteworthy are the Fund's recent fundraising to support the City Sshools Blueprint, its grant awards to School Principals, and its operation of the successful Chicago Parents Program.

Improving Education, fiscally sponsored by Strong City Baltimore

$110,000
Baltimore, MD

Founded in 2015 by Jarrod Bolte, a former Baltimore City Schools teacher and administrator, Improving Education set out to change the way schools work to improve outcomes for children.  Improving Education will focus on up to 20 elementary schools using a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) to assist teachers, administrators, and community providers in redesigning instructional and support mechanisms to improve early literacy outcomes for students from K through second grade. Working with 125 reading teachers and 3,500 students, Improving Education's literacy protocols have become a cornerstone for school innovation and early literacy instructional design in City Schools. Improving Education expects to increase the number of students in grades K-2 meeting grade level reading proficiency by 20 percentage points from the beginning to end of year.

 

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

$38,440
Baltimore, MD

With a goal to close the persistent "excellence gap" between sub-groups of advanced learners, the Baltimore Emerging Scholars Program targets students in grades 2-4 who show potential for becoming academically advanced as well as the teachers who work with them. Run by the renowned Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, this program serves 600 students in 18 schools (identified without using a test) with weekly 90-minute enrichment lessons around an interdisciplinary theme.  The Abell grant will enable Emerging Scholars to develop a 5th grade curriculum entitled "Recover, Repair, Rebuild," and to train 5th grade teachers to use the curriculum reaching an additional 400 5th grade students. The project will follow the trajectories of participating students into middle school.

Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

This Abell grant will support two-year operational funding to The Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools (Alliance) to serve the 50 charter schools in Maryland, 34 of which are in Baltimore City. As  a voice for charter school communities, the Alliance advocates for equitable and transparent conditions for public charter schools; offers support to new and existing public charter schools; and drives the discussion around innovative educational practices that lead to positive outcomes for students. A major focus on this work is in Baltimore City, where 1 in 5 City public school students attends a charter school; 65% of Baltimore's charter schools outperform the mean achievement performance of traditional schools.

 

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City

$74,000
Baltimore, MD

The original Mayor's Fellowship Program provided a summer internship that enabled the City of Baltimore to establish a pipeline to full time employment to high caliber young professionals, many of whom remain high profile leaders in City and County government today. With the support of Baltimore Corps, up to 10 graduate school students will be recruited for a ten-week Summer internship working on executive-level projects in high-functionning Baltimore City agencies and offices. Fellows meet weekly to learn about City government, and present their projects and findings to City Hall leaders at the end of internship. The goal of the Mayor's Office is to hire successful Fellows in the two years following the internship experience.

Mentoring Mentors, Inc.

$20,000
Randallstown, MD

Mentoring Mentors Inc. is a youth wholeness mentoring program promoting social, emotional, and intellectual development in addition to physical wellness for 6th through 12th grade African-American youth in the West Baltimore Windsor Hills area. Founded in 2015, Mentoring Mentors' uses a “Near-to-Peer” intergenerational triad model, where young professionals and college students mentor program alumni in high school who, in turn, guide middle school students at Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School.  Mentoring Mentors enables the mentees, known as “legacy builders,” to receive support services afterschool within their own community to address and overcome adversity.This grant is a capacity building grant in support of staffing to a promising community leader.

New Leaders - Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

With Abell start-up funding, New Leaders has recruited, trained, supported, and developed 111 principals in Baltimore City Public Schools since 2005. In collaboration with City Schools, New Leaders will launch a new two year Principal Preparation Academy that combines a Foundational Year with the second year Residency Year. In addition to its Induction Academy for 10 first-year New Leaders principals, the organization will train up to 40 leaders in 2019-20 and produce 9 new prinicpals in Summer 2020.

Next One Up Foundation

$16,000
Baltimore, MD

Next One Up provides long-term mentoring relationships and coaching, on the field and in the classroom, to meet the needs of over 115 high-risk young men in Baltimore from age 13 to 24. These students receive 300 hours of out of school programming on Sundays, school visits during the week, and a summer program providing academic support, study skills, community service, college advising, athletic training, and community service. The Abell Foundation will support the third, and final, phase of a new digital infrastructure for tracking student progress from jiiWA, a technology firm with a successful track record working with youth sports development programs.

School Colors / Fund for Educational Excellence

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Chronic absence has soared in Baltimore City Public Schools, with nearly 40% of students missing 18 or more days of school. Lacking required uniforms is a key reason that some students miss school. In 2019-20, School Colors will serve 28 Baltimore City Elementary/Middle Community Schools, partnering with Community School Coordinators to assess the need/sizes for school uniforms, provide uniforms at no cost to students, and monitor the distribution/impact of uniforms throughout the school year. With "Uniform Closets" in each of the schools, School Colors expects to provide more than 4,500 uniforms, improving attendance as a result.

STEM Champions of Baltimore / Fund for Educational Excellence

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Like many of Abell's afterschool academic sports programs, STEM Champions of Maryland trains teacher coaches to prepare middle & high school students for the National Science Olympiad Tournament each Spring. Providing robust curricula and materials for each of the 18 Olympiad activities, STEM Champions also brings STEM professionals and volunteers to work with teachers in the afterschool practices. This year, STEM Champions expects 36 school teams and 650 students to prepare for and enter the City Science Olympiad, with 15 teams advancing to the State Competition, and hopefully to Nationals.

Strong Schools Maryland, fiscally sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Strong Schools Maryland, founded in Spring 2017, is a time-bounded advocacy initiative with a goal for an adequately-funded education system in which virtually all Maryland students graduate on time from high school. At stake are the education funding and policy recommendations put forward by the mandated Kirwan Commission in 2019. Strong Schools will continue its grassroots statewide advocacy through the 2020 Legislative Session to educate the public and state decision-makers using its successful organizing strategy of Teams of Ten; a monthly education and action meeting of over 188 community-based teams engaging 2,000 individuals in all of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. The outcome of the advocacy is to pass the Kirwan Commission educational funding and policy recommendations in the 2020 session.

 

Success for All Foundation, Inc.

$248,813
Baltimore, MD

The JHU-affiliated Success for All Foundation is launching its successful Tutoring with Lightning Squad (or Lightning Squad) reading intervention hoping to serve 800 children in up to 15 City Elementary Schools in 2019-20.Tutoring with the Lightning Squad is a small group, web-based reading intervention for struggling readers in first through third grade.  Lighting Squad trained tutors provide daily 30-minute tutoring sessions to groups of four children with the support of the on-line Sesame Street literacy program. It is expected that participants will complete 25 tutoring sessions as a minimum and gain a minimum of 2 months of reading growth.

Teach for America - Baltimore

$175,000
Baltimore, MD

Teach for America: Baltimore has been recruiting and developing teachers and leaders to expand educational opportunities for Baltimore's children growing up in poverty since 1992.  Today, there are 1,200 Teach for America alumni and teachers in Baltimore--80% continue to engage in work impacting low-income communities.This grant will continue TFA's work in 1. recruiting top talent ( 90 new and diverse teachers--over 57% people of color); 2. building leaders in the classroom, schools and City (a total of 20 TFA principals and 3rd year teacher retention rate of 66%) and 3. Connecting TFA network to accelerate educational outcomes in Baltimore (launching a new network strategy).

The Community School

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

Certified in 2014 as a small non-public diploma-awarding high school, The Community School in Remington has successfully served students who have failed in Baltimore City Public Schools for over 30 years. This storefront school provides up to 24 14-19 year olds with an accelerated academic and mentoring high school program that reinforces basic skills, while individualized instruction builds knowledge and skills for college, competitive employment, and community contribution. Over 40 volunteers work individually with students, and The Community School boasts a daily attendance above 95% and a college enrollment rate of 65%.

The Gil Sandler Fund, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City College's Speech and Debate extracurricular program traces its beginnings to 1878.  Revitalized in 1997 by Gil Sandler and Abell Foundation funding, The Speech and Debate team has grown into a regional and national powerhouse for preparing up to 70 students annually for competitive colleges,  This grant provides a $100,000 contribution to the Speech and Debate endowment fund in honor of the passing of Gilbert Sandler, and two years of operating funding at $25,000 per year.

The Ingenuity Project

$375,000
Baltimore, MD

The Abell Foundation launched The Ingenuity Project in 1994. Today, Ingenuity prepares and launches the next diverse generation of nationally competitive STEM leaders in Baltimore City, serving 750 students in grades 6-12. This grant will enable Ingenuity to expand and improve access to students of color and students living in concentrated poverty by opening a fourth middle school program at James McHenry School in West Baltimore and through the provision of tailored support and enrichment opportunities. Ingenuity will continue to serve as the exemplary accelerated math and science program that prepares Baltimore City students for selective colleges and STEM careers with its signature Practicum Research experience.

 

The Literacy Lab

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

A replication of the acclaimed Minnesota Reading Corps, Literacy Lab embeds rigorously trained reading tutors in PreK classrooms and provides 1:1 tutoring in schools to children in Kindergarten through third grade. In 2019/20, Literacy Lab nearly doubled in size with 65 tutors serving an anticipated 1,155 children in 24 Baltimore City elementary schools. Literacy Lab tutoring participants are between 1.5 to 5 times as likely to be on grade level than students who started at the same grade level and received no tutoring. In addition, Literacy Lab's Leading Men program annually employs and trains five recent graduates of color in Pre K classrtooms, preparing them to enter a career in education.

The Maryland Book Bank, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

With a goal to distribute 550,000 books in 2020, the Maryland Book Bank bridges the literacy gap through increased access to quality age-appropriate books in homes, school classrooms, and community program settings. Operating out of the new Baltimore Warehouse Collaborative in Clipper Mill, The Book Bank distributes new and donated books through two Bookmobiles, a Home Library program in 27 City schools, and open warehouse hours for families and educators. Its social enterprise that sells donated adult books of value and trains warehouse employees generates $80,000 of revenue annually.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation

$49,000
Baltimore, MD

The new simulated Operating Room will enable Surgical Tech (and an additional 100 Nursing Assistant) students at Edmondson to begin applied learning in 10th grade, and be fully prepared for hosptial clinical rotations  in their senior year (rather than January) with completion of required hours/certification testing by high school graduation. It is expected that the Simulation Lab will increase enrollment in the Surgical Tech CTE pathway and that more students will earn the National Surgical Tech certification.

University System of Maryland Foundation

$34,910
Adelphi, MD

The major thrust of the three-year B-Power initiative is to coordinate, enhance and expand dual enrollment options offered jointly to Baltimore City Schools by University of Baltimore, Coppin, Morgan and Baltimore City High Schools with a goal to serve 525 high school students annually by 2021. In the next 18 months, UB will collaborate with BCCC specifically to improve the access of students to credit coursework in math, adopt UB’s successful 2 semester college readiness course eliminating ACCUPLACER, and improve the quality of instruction. In addition to the already-funded 230 UB dual enrollment seats for 2019-2020, this project will add 60 seats each semester at three new high schools. The grant will also develop a full menu of dual enrollment options at the 4 higher ed institutions by the 2020-2021 school year.

Urban Teachers

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

With Abell Foundation start-up funding, Urban Teachers launched a new model of teacher preparation in 2009, recruiting outstanding college graduates, training them in a year-long clinical preparation, and linking their certification to demonstration of effective teaching practices and student learning gains. Urban Teachers is currently training 100 new incoming Resident Teachers who co-teach with mentor teachers for the first year of a four-year commitment. With this grant, Urban Teachers will implement a new digital recruiting and marketing initiative that will more efficiently target talented and diverse candidates, with a focus on men, STEM majors, people of color, and speakers of multiple languages, for its teacher prep program.The goal of the project is to increase the number of highly effective, culturally competent teachers of color hired with no decline in the quality of candidates. As importantly, the new marketing approach is projected to cut the cost of recruitment by 40%, from a current baseline of $7,000 per hired candidate.

 

Workforce Development

Art with a Heart

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Each year, 70 Art with a Heart teachers and assistants provide 14,500 engaging, educational, and interactive visual arts classes to vulnerable Baltimore children, youth, and adults in schools, group homes, shelters, community centers, recreation centers, senior facilities, and hospitals.  Funding from the Abell Foundaiton will support HeARTworks, a workforce development program that uses art as a vehicle to teach job skills; HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store that sells HeARTworks participants’ artwork; and arts integration, Art with a Heart's engaging visual arts programs that supplement academic curricula in 19 Baltimore elementary/middle schools. 

Baltimore City Foundation, Mayor's Office of Employment Development

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) operates the sixth largest summer employment program among larger cities, last year employing 7,808 young people between the ages of 14 and 21 for five weeks.  In 2019, MOED expects to employ 8,000 youth, providing employment opportunities at 680 worksites.  Funding from Abell will support 47 YouthWorks positions at nonprofit organization worksites.   

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

Over the past year, 49 individuals enrolled into BioSTART, with 43 students (or 88%) completing the six-week program.  All 43 students enrolled in the nine-week Lab Associates program.  Of these students, 14 completed training, and 20 are completing their internships.  BTI estimates that 70% of the graduates will be placed into research laboratory and manufacturing technician positions at an average wage of at least $14.75/hour.  In the coming year, BTI plans to train 45 Baltimore residents, maintaining high job placement and retention rates of all graduates.

BUILD

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Turnaround Tuesdays is a BUILD jobs initiative in which residents meet at Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings from 9 am to 11 am to receive help in finding employment.  Over 125 people participate in Turnaround Tuesdays each week, completing a 10-week leadership training curriculum that focuses the skills needed to sustain employment.  The jobs movement is working:  last year, 202 people were placed into jobs, earning an average wage of $14.50 per hour.   According to BUILD, 74% of those placed have remained employed at least a year.  Retention is higher (84%) at anchor institutions such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System.  BUILD is establishing an employment pipeline to “good paying jobs” at these and other long-standing large, anchor institution employers, encouraging them to hire people with criminal records.  

Byte Back

$100,000
Washington, DC

Byte Back is a Washington, DC nonprofit organization that trains low-income adults with no computer experience in learning the basic fundamental skills of how to turn on a computer, use a mouse and use Microsoft Office applications.  Byte Back then works step by step with students to build upon those skills, preparing students to earn industry-recognized IT credentials.  Byte Back has expanded to Baltimore, and with support from the Abell Foundation, plans to serve at least 100 Baltimore residents over the next year, placing 36 program graduates into jobs requiring IT skills.  Byte Back plans to offer classes at Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center, the Center for Urban Families and Open Works. Byte Back also plans to offer onsite industry-recognized certification and apprenticeship training to 20 students at Green Street Academy. 

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

$100,000
Langley Park, MD

The Baltimore Welcome Center provides employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers who begin to assemble early in the morning in the hope of being selected for jobs in construction, landscaping, home improvement, sanitation, and other day-to-day, physical labor-intensive jobs. In the coming year, CASA plans to place workers in 1,700 daily jobs, 40 temporary/seasonal jobs, and 35 permanent jobs; to provide 150 people with legal consultation on immigration, employment, or housing matters; to provide 500 people with basic financial education/counseling, and 300 low-income households with free tax preparation services; to educate 200 eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) about the naturalization process, and help 75 LPRs submit their naturalization application; and to provide 60 students with Mi Espacio after-school programming.

CASH Campaign of Maryland

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore CASH Campaign—Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope—was launched in 2001 to increase access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a powerful work incentive and poverty-alleviation tool, lifting more families out of poverty than any other federal aid program.  Now a program of the CASH Campaign of Maryland, Baltimore CASH plans to serve 10,000 Baltimore residents by operating 15 to 20 free tax preparation sites, continuing its efforts to build high volume sites that can provide quality tax preparation, and asset development services.

Center for Urban Families, Inc.

$350,000
Baltimore, MD

The mission of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) is to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic succes.  STRIVE Baltimore, the cornerstone of CFUF's programming, emphasizes attitudinal training, job placement, and post-placement support, with a strict, demanding, three-week workshop that focuses on workplace behavior, appearance, and attitude.  Upon completion of training, STRIVE graduates are placed in jobs, and are followed by STRIVE staff for two years.  Last year,180 participants graduated from STRIVE Baltimore, with 93 graduates (or 52%) being placed into jobs; 104 graduates of other CFUF programs and 138 former graduates were also placed into jobs, bringing the total number of job placements to 335. STRIVE graduates placed in employment earned an average of $12.20 per hour, and 74% remained employed for at least six months.

Center for Urban Families, Inc.

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

The Center for Urban Families (CFUF) is working with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to provide STRIVE graduates with better access to non-credit occupational skills training at BCCC.  With funding from the Abell Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, CFUF and BCCC will launch BOOST, an initiative where STRIVE graduates will receive intensive case management as they complete noncredit certification programs in healthcare, transportation, IT, construction and human services at BCCC.

Citywide Youth Development / Center for Urban Families, Inc.

$400,000
Baltimore, MD

Citywide Youth Development is a nonprofit organization that teaches young people in Baltimore entrepreneurial skills.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, Citywide Youth Development will renovate a 10,000 square foot building on North Avenue to establish the EMAGE (Entrepreneurs Making and Growing Enterprises) Center.  The goal of the Center is to use entrepreneurship and manufacturing as a crime prevention, poverty eradication, and community revitalization strategy.  The Center for Urban Families serves as the fiscal agent for the grant.

Civic Works, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Center for Sustainable Careers (CSC) has built a multi-tiered green career “pathway out of poverty” by training and placing Baltimore City residents in the brownfields remediation and residential energy-efficiency industries.  Across its programs, CSC has maintained an average job placement rate of 93%.  Since 2014, 81% of graduates have remained employed for at least one year. Among the 125 participants served in the past year, most had a significant history of arrest and conviction and most were formerly incarcerated.  Over the next year, with funding from the Abell Foundation, CSC will train 135 Baltimore City residents for entry-level positions as well as 24 incumbent workers. 

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) Baltimore trains unemployed and/or underemployed Baltimore City residents in welding and computer numerical control (CNC) at the Regional Skills Training Center on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, students receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized credentials in a work-like environment.  Beyond technical skills training, JARC Baltimore provides employment readiness and financial support services to trainees during and after training.  Graduates are placed into jobs earning an average starting wage of $19 per hour.  

Job Opportunities Task Force

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

In January 2006, in partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) launched Project JumpStart, a pre-apprenticeship construction program designed to provide low-income Baltimore City residents with 13 weeks of pre-apprenticeship training.  Since its inception, Project Jumpstart has served over 1,000 Baltimore residents, almost all of whom are African-American men (96%) with a criminal record (75%).  With funding from the Abell Foundation, Project Jumpstart plans to serve 145 new students and maintain its 75% job placement rate.  

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

$49,979
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Leek is a professor of Biostatistics and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is also the co-creator of the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization, a 10-course introduction to data science, taught completely online by Bloomberg School of Public Health professors. .  Recognizing that many students cannot not afford the expensive laptops needed to complete the courses, Dr. Leek and his colleagues developed Chromebook Data Science (CBDS), an educational program to help historically underserved populations in Baltimore who can read, write, and use a computer to gain the skills needed to obtain entry-level data science jobs.  With funding from Abell and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Leek and his colleagues are enrolling small cohorts of youth in CBDS.  The youth are referred by and receive intensive case management from the Youth Opportunity program at the the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition in CBDS.  Once the youth complete the two-month program, they receive paid on-the-job experience, working full-time at Dr. Leek's startup data science company, earning $18 an hour for at least six months.  

Maryland New Directions

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

Maryland New Directions, Inc., (MND) is a private, nonprofit, career counseling and job placement agency that provides occupational skills training, including the Maritime Transportation Distribution and Logistics training program and the Commercial Transportation Careers training program.  MCAT also provides other employment services, inlcuding computer literacy training, walk-in job search and application support, individual job coaching, and other personalized support services.  Funding from Abell will support MND in assisting more than 300 job seekers in Baltimore.

NPower, Inc.

$100,000
Brooklyn, NY

In 2016, with support from the Abell Foundation and others, NPower replicated its IT training program for low-income young adults in Baltimore.  NPower's core training program provides students with 16 weeks of hands-on classroom instruction in hardware and software.  The academic portion focuses on teaching fundamental IT skills, including networking, cloud computing, coding and service management.  Following the classroom instruction, students earn their CompTIA certification and have the option to take additional certificate exams.  NPower participants then enter a seven-week paid internship at a local employer, working four days per week, while one day is spent in professional development activities in the classroom.  In the coming year, NPower plans to enroll 200 low-income young adults into training, graduating 160 and placing 136 into employment. 

Per Scholas

$150,000
Bronx, NY

Founded in South Bronx, NY in 1994, Per Scholas has trained more than 9,000 individuals in Information Technology,  producing impressive outcomes:  85 percent graduation, 80 percent certification, and 80 percent job-placement rates.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Per Scholas' expansion to Baltimore City, where Per Scholas plans to train 60 Baltimore City residents.  Per Scholas expects that 85 percent will graduate, 80 percent will earn at least one industry-recognized credential, and 80 percent will secure employment within six months of training.  TEKsystems, with its headquarters in Hanover, MD, has pledged to hire 40 program graduates.

Public Justice Center

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

In 2015, with support from the Abell Foundation, the Public Justice Center launched its Home Care Worker Initiative to address wage theft.  Through this initiative, PJC works to enforce a new federal regulation that, for the first time, granted HCWs (who are mostly women and people of color) federal minimum wage and overtime protections.  With this grant from Abell, PJC will educate 400 HCWs concerning workers' rights and advancement opportunties, represent at least 20 HCWs and and other workers to recover at least $100,000 in lost wages, and advocate for state-level legislation that will benefit HCWs.

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