Resources and Reminders – May 2020

We Salute You and Your Tireless Work!
Family League acknowledges the inspiring work of our OST Site Managers, CSCs, and Lead Agencies during this challenging time. Our partners continue to go above and beyond, thinking outside the box to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and families. From us to you, THANK YOU!

A number of organizations are offering several worthwhile online activities, trainings, and networking opportunities. Please visit the websites of Maryland MENTOR, Education Week, National Afterschool Association, MOST/MD4CS, Coalition for Community Schools/IEL, NAFSCE, Afterschool Alliance, University of Maryland School of Social Work, etc. for information on upcoming (and previously recorded) webinars. Below are a few examples of upcoming events that you can attend virtually.

IEL’s Weekly Coalition for Community Schools Town Halls
Every Tuesday | 2 PM – 3 PM

Each Tuesday in May, the Coalition for Community Schools will be hosting a virtual town hall on Zoom. Each town hall will focus on a different topic. You can register for individual town halls by clicking here.

Self-Care Strategies for Youth Workers, Students & Families
May 8, 2020 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Join Maryland MENTOR, MOST Network, and MD4CS to discuss strategies for making sure we are taking care of ourselves and how to support our youth and families to do the same. Click here to register.

Community Schools

Magdalena Tsiongas (CSC/Child First) at Liberty Elementary School has helped to lead and coordinate a successful effort to locate all but five out of their 500 students since schools were closed. She and her team have worked to make sure all of Liberty’s students are getting the academic and social supports they and their families need.

Out-of-School Time

Since schools closed in mid-March, Michael Battle (OST SM/RICH Leadership) and his team at Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School have been regularly tutoring and mentoring students. The program has also served nearly 6000 meals to members of the Cherry Hill community.

Additionally, a big Family League SHOUT OUT to every single one of our OST Site Managers in recognition of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! April might be in our rear-view mirror, but we cannot move into May without putting a giant spotlight on the amazing work of all our OST partners, both during traditional and non-traditional times. Thank YOU!

Site Visits

Most Q3 site visits have been completed at this point. If you have not completed yours (and it has not been scheduled), please reach out to your specialist.

FUNDINGtrack Support  

Are you struggling with FUNDINGtrack? Do you need FUNDINGtrack training? Do you have a question about how to better use FUNDINGtrack? If so, please send a ticket to our Help Desk at support@familyleague.zendesk.com. Be sure to include your name, organization, role, and best availability for training so we can get you access.

Deliverables for SY20

Q3 reports were due on April 30th. Q4 reports will be due on their original due date, July 15th. We will follow up later in Q4 with additional information regarding reporting.

Community Schools

Partnership Trackers

Partnership trackers are still a requirement for quarterly reports, and all CSCs should do their best to capture partnerships, especially new ones that have been formed during the pandemic. Please reach out to Sally Yan at syan@familyleague.org with any questions.

Out-of-School Time

Monthly Trackers

All SMs should still be submitting attendance trackers y the 5th of each month. April’s tracker is due today, May 5th. If you are not currently operating, please submit a completely blank tracker. If you are operating virtually, you should track attendance for those students who are participating. As a reminder, Daphne Washington has shifted roles and is now our Project Coordinator of Data & Evaluation. Moving forward, please reach out to Clint Middleton at cmiddleton@familyleague.org with any questions about attendance trackers.

As a reminder, Amy Bopp is the new Program Director of Professional Development. She can be reached directly with questions at ABopp@familyleague.org. For general PD questions, you can also email PD@familyleague.org.

Family League Professional Development Calendar 

Please remember to check Learning Stream for upcoming PD opportunities. Below is a sample of some of the PD offerings we have planned for this month:

  • Thursday, May 7th: Developing Youth-Centered Sports and Fitness
  • Thursday, May 7th: The University of MD’s Conversation on School Mental Health – Supporting Students & Families
  • Friday, May 8th: Integrating Cultural Competency and Sensitivity in Instructional Design
  • Thursday, May 14th: Supervising Youth Development Practice (SYDP) – 3
  • Tuesday, May 19th: Results Based Accountability Framework
PD Ideas?!?!

Do you have an idea for a PD? Please submit them here. Ideas can include hosting a webinar, creating a community discussion group, etc. Small stipends are available.

Community Schools

CSC Networking Meetings and Professional Development

Family League and City Schools come together on a bimonthly basis to provide joint professional development for CSCs.  The May meeting will take place virtually. Rather than meet for three hours at once, May PD will be split into two sections. The first component will be a required session with Dr. Tracey Durant, Director of Equity, offered at the four following times:

  • Tues, 5/12 (9 AM – 10:30 AM)
  • Wed, 5/13 (9 AM – 10:30 AM)
  • Thurs, 5/14 (9 AM – 10:30 AM)
  • Fri, 5/15 (10 AM – 11:15 AM)

CSCs can then opt into the second portion of this month’s PD by choosing a session on one of the following topics:

  1. Mental Health (Panel)
  2. Storytelling (Presentation)
  3. Relationships (Panel)
  4. Equitable Data-Driven Decision Making (Presentation)
  5. Former Practitioners (Panel)

Panels and presentations options will take place on various days and times throughout the week of May 11th. CSCs must register via an emailed link from Amy Bopp for one session with Dr. Durant and one of the five subject-based options above. Spaces for all sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All CSCs must participate in at least one session with Dr. Durant and one of the five subject-based sessions above. Expect detailed registration information from Amy on May PD very soon.

 

New Coordinator Professional Learning Community (PLC)

New Coordinator PLCs will meet virtually in May, but the PLC will not meet directly after CSC PD (as was done when we met in person). If you are in a PLC, your co-leads will be in touch with you about dates and times.

 

Cohorts

Cohorts will continue to meet virtually in May but should not meet during the week of CSC PD (i.e, the week of May 11th). Please reach out to your cohort lead with questions.

 

CS Lead Agency Meetings

Lead Agency (LA) representatives meet three times per year to participate in continuous improvement and collaborative planning for the implementation of the strategy. The final meeting for SY20-21, originally scheduled for May 7th, has been postponed. LA Reps should expect to hear from Family League about a new date and time soon. Please remove the original Outlook invite from Jessica Chiaramonte on your calendars.

Professional Conferences

Due to the restrictions on travel and other challenges related to COVID-19, we are waiving the conference requirement for FY 20. If you have already met this requirement, please feel free to send supporting documentation to PD@familyleague.org. However, there will be no penalty if that requirement has not been completed.

Summer Institute

Please save the date for our annual CSC Summer Institute, meeting June 22nd through June 26th. Details and dates are subject to change. Stay tuned!

Out-of-School Time

Site Hours (PD)

All OST program leads should have received information from Family League’s PD team regarding the number of hours each site has recorded to date. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Shania Peacock, Family League’s new Project Coordinator of Professional Development & Technical Assistance, with any questions at SPeacock@familyleague.org.

 

OST Lead Agency Meetings

All OST LA cohort meetings are complete for FY20.

Family League’s Policy Team

The state legislature plans to meet again for a special session at the end of May to take any follow up legislative action in response to COVID-19 and the related economic impacts. Sign up for our Policy Newsletter to stay up to date on this and all of our public policy work.

Strong Schools Maryland on The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Click here for a one-pager on the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future that includes information on the legislation, including specific details on what was included in the recently passed bill. If you’d like to read the full text of the legislation, you can find it here. Governor Hogan has yet to make a final decision on the legislation.

Funder or Grant NameDeadlineLink for InformationDetails
4Imprint's Promotional Product Donationshttps://bit.ly/3bbODgS4Imprint (The custom promotional products company) is offering $500 in-kind donations of promotional products to USA nonprofit organizations, churches, accredited schools, and registered charities.  The promotional items may be used to recruit volunteers, raise awareness, thank donors, or to offer comfort to those in need.
Aflac Grantshttps://bit.ly/3a8lDGvThrough Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.
ALDI Smart Kidshttps://bit.ly/2K7723zThrough ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2RFK08aThe Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor's Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community ProjectsRollinghttps://bit.ly/3b4jgFXProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school's students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community.
Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttps://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
They have awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It is never too late to learn.
Home Depothttps://thd.co/2wAVF0uThe Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.
Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)July 1st October 1sthttps://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-applicationThe Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.
Mattel and Good360https://good360.org/faq/Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more.
Philanthropy Tank BaltimoreJuly 2ndhttps://bit.ly/3b94s88Philanthropy Tank Baltimore is bringing funding for students’ innovative projects. The program is looking to back students who have creative ideas with up to $15,000 and mentorship from local leaders.
Target Foundation’s Crime Prevention Granthttps://bit.ly/35APYgaThe Target Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for crime prevention programs. Applicants must contact local program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that are focused on preventing crime and promoting community safety activities. Grant applications are accepted by invitation only.
The Albertsons Companies Foundationhttps://bit.ly/3fmAssOThe Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day.
The Awesome Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2zdPlwYThe Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
The Cisco Foundation's Technology Grantshttps://bit.ly/2L7Bxa4Cisco is offering In-kind grants of technology equipment valued between $25,000 to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits to help increase their productivity, cost-efficiency, and scalability. Programs must focus on at least one of the following areas: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. You must first complete an eligibility quiz located on the grant information page to start the process.
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2yBTDOCGrants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2WAAwfNThe Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programming. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level.
The Firespring Foundation and Innovative Ideashttps://bit.ly/3cdQgMGThe Firespring Foundation is offering grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations for innovative ideas that will benefit local communities. Funds are intended to help facilitate increased access to information technology, capital, and professional expertise needed to effect change in the community.
The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund)https://www.fordfund.org/grantsThe Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
The Fund for Change's Social Change GrantsSeptember 1sthttps://bit.ly/2SECsTGThe Fund for Change supports groups that organize under-served individuals and communities and influence policy makers by advocating for social change. Grant applications are due on September 1 and decisions are made when the board of Directors meets in December.  The average grant is $10,000-$25,000.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundationhttps://bit.ly/3cbTbFoThe Dreyfus Foundation is offering grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support schools; museums, performing arts and cultural programs; hospitals; skills training; educational programs; programming for youth, seniors, and people who are handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other programs that address community needs.
The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Granthttps://mbird.org/grants/The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.
Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5Octobet 1sthttps://bit.ly/3bl03zKK-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.
Under ArmorRollinghttps://uagrants.comThe Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Verizon Giving and Grantshttps://vz.to/3eoqXIWVerizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.
COVID-19 AND FAMILY LEAGUE INFORMATION
President’s Message

Click here for a letter from Demaune Millard, Family League’s President and CEO, about the organization’s response to COVID-19. To view a personal message to Funded Partners from Demaune, please click here.

For the most comprehensive updates and information on Family League’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit familyleague.org/covid-19-response.

COVID-19 AND BALTIMORE CITY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION

For general information on Baltimore City’s response to the Coronavirus, visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov. You can also stay informed via social media by following the Baltimore City Health Department’s Twitter account, @BMore Healthy, and the hashtag #CoronavirusBaltimore.

Baltimore City Public Schools

For updates from Baltimore City Public Schools please visit the following sections of City School’s website:
Distance Learning: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning
Health Updates: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
Meal Sites https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Family Connections (SWCOS)

Family Connections is a community-based, family-centered program that provides support to those in need. They are now accepting referrals. Click here to learn more.

Dial 2-1-1 for Health and Human Services

2-1-1 Maryland is a partnership of four agencies working together to provide simple access to health and human services information. Click here to learn more.

Teachers’ Democracy Project

Would you like some support from the Teachers’ Democracy Project (TDP) in getting parents and teachers more engaged or organized at your child’s school? Are there school challenges you’d like to be able to address? TDP is offering some tools and supports for folks who want to kickstart, reboot or invigorate a PTO, PTA, school family council or other organized parent teacher body. If you’re interested in knowing more, contact Tyrone at 443-904-6547 or Rebecca at rebecca@tdpbaltimore.org.

Beyond Youth Organizing – BYOlogues

Join the Citizens Policing Project (@CPProject410) for a series of conversations in late May and early June about youth issues and their concerns, facilitated by youth, focused on elevating the ideas and solutions that youth inspire. To become part of the conversation, please send an email to info@cpproject.org. For more information on the Citizens Policy Project, visit www.cpproject.org. For the flyer, please click here.