Family League Announces 34 City-Funded Awards to Continue, Expand Youth Programs in Baltimore




Amy Bernstein, Director of External Relations
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Tiffani Church, Communications Manager
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Family League Announces 34 City-Funded Awards to Continue, Expand Youth Programs in Baltimore 

BALTIMORE, October 20, 2016—Family League today announced the award of more than $1.7 million in city funds for 34 out-of-school-time (OST) programs that will serve 1,000 children and youths in Baltimore. These investments are a portion of funds to be awarded from $3.08 million allocated to Family League specifically for youth programming through the city’s FY2017 budget process (which allocates other funds to Family League as well). The funds enable community-based organizations to initiate or continue programs serving K-8 youth, high school youth, and youths facing special challenges (e.g., refugee status, encounters with the juvenile justice system, and youths with disabilities). All of the funded programs operate in underserved communities, including Sandtown-Winchester, Harlem Park, Penn North, Southern Park Heights, and elsewhere.

“Family League is grateful to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore for their steadfast commitment to helping children and youths in Baltimore achieve their true potential and envision a bright future,” said Family President and CEO Jonathon Rondeau. “These funds enable us to continue as well as expand access to safe, enriching, and fun activities for students of all ages, from STEM programs to arts and athletics. Equally important are programs for high school youths focused on preventing youth violence, creating pathways to college and career, and providing mentors. And with the continued inclusion of programs for youths facing special challenges, we’re taking care to offer a broad range of opportunities.”

The $3.08 million in city funds allocated to Family League in FY2017 for youth programming marks a continuation of funding for this purpose. In FY2016, the city allocated $3.15 million to Family League for OST programs at Community Schools and other neighborhood facilities. In both years, a significant portion of funds go to small, grassroots organizations with budgets under $1 million, as well as organizations that are new to Family League—thus diversifying the pool of service providers and communities served.

Click on the link for a map showing program locations. A list of funded partners is below.

Breakdown of $1.7 Million for Out-of-School-Time Programs (FY2017)

  • 34 new awards for youth programs
    • 12 for K-8
    • 13 for high school
    • 10 for youths facing special challenges
  • 15 of the funded partners are new to Family League
  • 17 funded partners are returning from FY2016
  • 26 funded partners have budgets under $1 million 

In the coming months, Family League will announce additional grants for programs serving children and youth, also based on the city’s FY2017 allocation.

Funded Partner Award Recipients

Baltimore Teacher Network

Baltimore Youth Arts

Beyond The Natural Foundation, Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

Civic Works, Inc.

Code in the Schools

CristataCares Inc.

Digital Harbor Foundation

Downtown Sailing Center

Education Based Latino Outreach

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Girls Expecting more Success

GLAM Program Inc.

Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

I AM O’Kah! Inc.

Intersection of Change, Inc.

Let’s Go Boys and Girls, Inc.

MAESTRO Ensembles, Inc.

Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc.

Medical Education Resources Initiative For Teens

Mentoring Male Teens In The Hood

New Lens

Play on Purpose, Inc.

Smart Steps Youth Services, Inc.

Soccer Without Borders

St. Francis Neighborhood Center Corporation

The Inner Harbor Project, Inc.

The League for People with Disabilities

Umar Boxing Program, Inc.

Wide Angle Youth Media

Writers in Baltimore Schools

YMCA of Central Maryland, Inc.

Youth as Resources, Inc.


About Family League

Since 1991, Family League of Baltimore has mobilized resources, empowered communities, and built the capacity of organizations to provide children and families with high quality programs and services that help them reach their full potential. We use our deep experience in resource management to collaborate with stakeholders to improve opportunities across our city. Our goal is that by 2030, all children in Baltimore will be born healthy, succeed academically, graduate high school and transition into higher education and the workforce.  Learn more about Family League at Join us on Facebook and Twitter.