Resources and Reminders – May 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! As we jump into spring and things begin to bloom, it’s important to tend to the garden in our mind. Please take moments for self-care, healing, and rest. These moments are essential!  Water and nurture yourself with positive thoughts and plant seeds of curiosity to honor your inner child. We also encourage you to incorporate activities that foster mental health practices with your students and youth this month.

Community Schools

We were thrilled to see the creation of the new family room at Hilton Elementary School! The room was created by The Movement Team, the new Lead Agency at Hilton. We look forward to the great work being produced in such a well-thought-out space for families. Check out photos of their brand-new space below!

Out of School Time Programs

BCP at Wolfe Street recently introduced a variety of creative new attendance incentives to engage students and their families. They began a monthly attendance raffle for students from each grade who had two or fewer absences during a given month. Prizes included family pizza parties (delivered by the OST Director) and gift cards to Rita’s and El Taquito Mexicano in Fells Point!


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Site Visits

Site visits are very much underway and will be completed this month. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Specialist.

Community Schools

Needs Assessments

It’s Needs Assessment Season! As a reminder, the process of completing this biannual requirement includes input from students, families, teachers, school staff, community members, and partners. An overview of needs assessment methods can be found here. It includes a review of existing data, surveys, focus groups, and interviews. A timeline for the needs assessment can be found here. The link to the online surveys can be found here.

Partnership Trackers

As a reminder, David Thomas is Family League’s new Project Manager on the Data & Evaluation Team. Any questions about trackers (and any data-related feedback in your reports) should be directed to him at

Deliverables for FY21

All Q3 reports should have been submitted. Please make note of the following due date for the (only!) remaining quarterly report:

  • Q4 – July 15

Additionally, all Coordinators must send their support/partnership tracker with each quarterly report. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is needed with the Q4 report!!!!

Out-of-School Time

Deliverables for FY21

All Q3 reports should have been submitted. Please make note of the following due date for the (only!) remaining quarterly report:

  • Q4 – July 15

Additionally, OST Site Managers need to send monthly attendance trackers by the 5th of each month. Please email Shebbi Eversley at with questions about attendance trackers. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is also needed with the Q4 report!!

We have posted several sessions on our community PD calendar. Topics focus on youth voice and choice, fundraising, virtual youth engagement, work-life balance, equity, mental health, and volunteer engagement. To access our community PD calendar, click here. 

Community Schools

May Bi-monthly Networking Event

The May bi-monthly networking event will take place Tuesday, May 11th through Thursday, May 13th. Sessions will focus on building on community strengths, summer planning, connecting with City Council members, and trauma-informed care. Additional correspondence on signing up has been sent via email.

CSC Summer Institute
    • Who: Both Family League-funded and CoP-funded CSCs all CSCs!
    • What: Community Schools’ biggest conference of the year
    • When: June 16th through June 30th. The format will be very similar to last year where CSCs chose elective sessions spread out over two and a half weeks and submitted on a passport. We are hoping to have some asynchronous sessions as well.
    • Where: Zoom (hopefully, we will be back in person in the fall!)
    • Why: This will be a time to come together to learn with and from our peers, build community, and lay a foundation for School Year 2022

CSC Proposals for Summer Institute are due Friday, May 14th. If you have not already discussed your session with Amy Bopp or Jennifer McDowell, please submit your information on the Proposal for Summer Institute Word document. If you need a copy of this document, please reach out to Amy at

Out-of-School Time

OST Professional Development Hours

If your site is in need of a few more PD hours, please visit our community PD calendar here. We still have quite a few offerings until the end of the fiscal year, June 30th.

As the Local Management Board for Baltimore City, our policy advocacy work is also guided by and in support of the Governor’s Office Of Crime Prevention Youth And Victim Services’ Results for Child Well-Being.  Through our Strategic Planning Process, we have prioritized three of these results areas for 2021 through 2024:
– the success of Baltimore City’s children in school;
– the economic stability of families; and
– the safety of communities for children, youth, and families.

While our work will prioritize improving outcomes in these areas, Family League understands the interdependence of all the Results Areas of Child Well-Being. We will continue to work with our partners and the community to improve outcomes across all domains.

We have reached the end of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session, the first virtual experience for committee hearings and floor sessions as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges, Family League was able to advocate successfully for policies – either through direct supporting testimony or through our coalition work with  Marylanders Against Poverty (MAP) – that directly impact the lives of children and families in Baltimore City and that were guided by a comprehensive set of legislative priorities aligned with the state’s Results Areas of Child Well-being.  While not every piece of legislation was successful, some of the bills we supported will be signed into law.

With the legislation that has passed, children and families in Baltimore will have access to a number of additional resources. Bills of note include:

1. The RELIEF Act of 2021 was introduced and passed within weeks of the start of the General Assembly. This bill provides access to numerous opportunities for families- most significantly the distribution of stimulus payments to families across the state. If you haven’t received your COVID relief payment, please click here.

2. The Digital Connectivity Act of 2021: Over the last year, families across the state have had to abruptly shift to virtual learning and telecommuting. Because of the lack of access to or unreliable internet service, families have been unable to achieve everyday tasks or successfully participate in an online school or work without running into significant challenges. The Digital Connectivity Act of 2021 starts the process of dismantling this digital divide across the state by ensuring that quality internet service is available to all residents at an affordable price by 2026.

3. The Heat and Eat Program will directly impact children, families, and seniors across Baltimore City. This program is significantly important as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and have utility costs included in their rent will be eligible to receive food assistance and energy assistance.

Headings for Priority Areas_Child Care - Pandemic
House Bill 608: Early Childhood Education Child Care Provider Support Grant Program (The Child Care Provider Support Act)

Update: DID NOT PASS (Family League Supported)

House Bill 944/Senate Bill 711: Growing Family Child Care Opportunities Pilot Program – Established

Click here to read more information.

Headings for Priority Areas_Education
House Bill 1/Senate Bill 1: Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Funding

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 34/Senate Bill 278: State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Telehealth 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 97/Senate Bill 66: Department of Housing and Community Development – Office of Digital Inclusion – Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021) 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Police Reform Crim Justice
House Bill 409/Senate Bill 494: Juveniles Convicted as Adults – Sentencing – Limitations and Reduction (Juvenile Restoration Act) 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED, Vetoed by Governor Hogan, Overridden (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Child Welfare
Senate Bill 592: State Child Welfare System Reporting

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Economic Security
House Bill 612/ Senate Bill 496: Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 786: Department of Human Services, Maryland Department of Health, and Department of Education- Easing Access to Family Support Programs 

Click here for more information.
Update: DID NOT PASS (Family League Supported)

Senate Bill 881: Work Opportunity Tax Credit 

Click here to view the bill and our testimony,  and to follow its progress.
Update: DID NOT PASS (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Food Access
House Bill 101/Senate Bill 913: Human Services – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Heat and Eat Program

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Housing
House Bill 18/Senate Bill 154: Landlord and Tenant – Eviction Action – Right to Counsel 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 58/ Senate Bill 117: Workgroup on Minority Homeownership, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Household Wealth Equity 

Click here for more information.
Update: DID NOT PASS (Family League Supported)

Headings for Priority Areas_Health
House Bill 28/Senate Bill 5: Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 49:  Landlord and Tenant – Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent – Lead Risk Reduction Compliance 

Click here for more information.
Update: DID NOT PASS (Family League Supported)

House Bill 375/Senate Bill 211: Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021)

Click here for more information.

House Bill 463/Senate Bill 172: Maryland Health Equity Resource Act 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

House Bill 636:  School Buildings – Drinking Water Outlets – Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act) 

Click here for more information.
Update: PASSED (Family League Supported)

Each month grants and resources are listed in this section. Some are all year or rolling deadlines and others have a deadline to apply. Please carefully look through this list to find the resources you need. 

  • BGE Green Grants – Deadline: May 14th. Baltimore Gas & Electric has announced its green grants ranging from $500-$10,000 for all eligible 501c3 non-profits. Projects must address conservation, education, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, or community engagement, and should benefit environmental efforts in the community.
  • Community Engagement Mini-Grants – The Chesapeake Bay Trust Community Engagement Mini-Grant provides up to $5,000 to non-profits, community associations, faith-based organizations, and others in activities such as tree plantings, rain gardens, stream cleanups, and other projects to enhance communities and improve natural resources. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes to build organizational capacity to offer humanities programming. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Grant funds may be used for capital projects or to strengthen and expand digital infrastructure.

All organizations must submit their applications for NEH funding using Workspace. Before using for the first time, each organization must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register with The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (*
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (*
3. (

Deadline: May 18, 2021

Learn More Here!

Maryland State Arts Council Grants

General Operating Support Creativity Grants strengthen the vitality and sustainability of small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in Maryland. Intended to support overall operations, this option is available to organizations only. The Operating Support application is focused on the organization’s art activities or programming for an entire season or fiscal year. There is a rolling deadline for this funding!

Apply Here!

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please click here for information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Baltimore City. This page is managed by the Baltimore City Health Department and will be updated as information changes.

In Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, REACH Partnership, Frederick Douglass High School, and Reginald F. Lewis High School are hosting a FREE Virtual Mental Health Conference on Wednesday, May 19th from 5-6:30 PM. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to our schools, families, and communities about the seriousness of mental health and the impact it has made especially during the pandemic.

The event will have a keynote speaker and a guest panelist to discuss topics such as depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, and much more!

You don’t want to miss it!!

Race Equity in Mentoring
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 1:00- 2:00p

Join Sadiq Ali for this session designed to examine mentoring best practices through a critical race lens, with authentic youth engagement and community consciousness at the fore! Register here:


This year’s MD4Y conference is taking place virtually, August 12 & 13, 2021!

This year’s conference theme is “Reimagining Resilience.” Register for the MD4Y Conference today!

Early bird pricing ends on May 27, 2021.

Use this code to register with early bird pricing: