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Education and Youth



Action In Montgomery (AIM) Wins Quality, Affordable After School Program for Low-Income Students

240 elementary school students are now drumming, dancing, cooking, playing basketball, doing academics, and getting a hot dinner every day after school thanks to AIM! The Dream Academy Program is modeled after Child First Authority, an after school program created by Metro IAF affiliate BUILD, and organizes parents to be engaged in their school and community, and to win quality after school programming in the lowest income schools in Montgomery County MD.

AIM started organizing two years ago when parents and school staff said over and over that quality, affordable after school programming was non-existent for low-income students and was contributing to the opportunity and achievement gap for students of color and low-income students. The program provides an hour of recreation and an hour of academics to students four days a week.

AIM is working to expand the program to four additional schools in 2018.



BUILD wins $1.1 billion to construct new schools in Baltimore

 

On May 21 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law the Baltimore City School Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013, authorizing more than $1 billion for school construction and renovationthe single largest investment in Baltimore’s neighborhoods in more than 30 years. The effort to overhaul the city’s public school facilities will result in 15 new schools and more than 30 renovated schools across the city.  Nearly 140 of Baltimore city’s 162 school facilities are in poor or very poor condition, and although the district has made significant gains in enrollment and graduation rates over the last several years, Baltimore still lags behind the rest of the state. BUILD is committed that addressing the building needs will be a catalyst for education reforms to ensure Baltimore’s children achieve the highest expectations.

Through the Baltimore Education Coalition, BUILD helped unite the City and State to act on one goal: build schools, build Baltimore. As Michael Sarbanes, Executive Director of the Baltimore City Schools Office of Engagement, explains, “...but for BUILD the $1.1 billion could not have happened. But for your hard work, your willingness to stand up strong and move quickly, your network of relationships, your understanding of how to get things done, and above all your commitment to what Dr. King called “the fierce urgency of now” and to the principle that, “the children come first.” It bears saying again—renovating schools is the single biggest investment in our neighborhoods and our children in Baltimore’s history.”



Greater Cleveland Congregations wins $80 million levy for Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Greater Cleveland Congregations helped to pass a $80 million school levy in Cleveland -- a campaign that involved intense voter mobilization in battleground Ohio involving 60+ volunteers who called, canvassed, campaigned, drove, knocked, and dragged on Election Day, 100+ volunteers who participated in phone banks over the past week, and 250+ volunteers who collected over 5,000 voter registrations and knocked on over 10,000 doors speaking face-to-face with nearly 2,500 voters about the importance of the levy (not to mention the thousands of conversations with family, friends, neighbors, co-parishioners, strangers on the street....).



BUILD wins $155 million for school construction in Baltimore

Working alongside partners Transform Baltimore, the Baltimore Education Coalition and Child First, on Monday, June 10 BUILD won passage of a new bottle tax to be dedicated to school construction. This was a long, hard battle for Baltimorechildren. The bottle tax alone will generate $10 million a year that will service $155 million in bond funding, which will be used in 2013 to start building and modernizing at least 10 elementary schools while creating 1200 new jobs. With the Mayor's existing city funding and future slots revenue, this will generate $300 million in total school construction funding. This is a significant down payment on fighting for the $2.8 billion needed now to build new and modernize all of Baltimore schools. 

Next, BUILD will unite the Mayor, the City Council, the Corporate Community, the bottlers and all of Baltimore to stand with our children and demand that the State and City invest in delivering $2.8 billion to rebuild Baltimore schools and generate thousands of jobs.  BUILD and its allies will meet with the bottle industry to launch a Buy Baltimore - 5 cents for our Kids Campaign, encouraging all of us to continue to buy beverages in the City of Baltimore to support local businesses and school construction. 



Child First serves over 1400 students across Baltimore.

BUILD recognized a need for after-school programs and more parental involvement, so we created the Child First program, today an independent entity that serves 1,400 youth.

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EQUAL launches a new charter school in South East Queens, NY.

In 2010, EQUAL launched the Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School (REACS), the only charter school in a neighborhood with few quality school choices.  The school will provide 110 kindergarten, first and second grade students an excellent education, and will eventually expand to serve 235 students.  EQUAL leaders are working to secure a new building, which will be needed as the school grows.




South Bronx Churches builds a brand new multi-school campus.

South Bronx Churches,  a coalition of neighborhood congregations, nonprofit agencies and tenant and homeowner groups, imagined and organized for a modern four-school campus at Mott Haven, now serving over 2000 children with a world-class education in some of the nation's top educational facilities. The new schools campus opened its doors in September 2010 on a seven-acre site at East 153rd Street and Concourse Village West. The $250 million project is the single largest school construction plan in the history of New York City. 

 

 




BUILD restores $18 million in education funding for Baltimore schools.

 BUILD organized with MD IAF and the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) to restore $18 million in state funding for Baltimore schools and $94 million state-wide. BUILD joined BEC to meet with legislators in Annapolis, testify at hearings, make phone calls and emails, and helped turnout 2000 parents, students, and teachers on a rainy night to call for restoring the cuts. 




Lake County United launches "Waukegan to College"

Lake County United researched, developed and launched Waukegan to College, an intensive family-focused college readiness program in 2009.  This fall the program has grown to 52 students from 30 families, with 10 students now in college.  With guidance from a 12 member planning team, we have completed a strategic plan for Waukegan to College and will begin recruiting a board of directors to oversee the program as it spins off into its own stand alone non-profit roughly one year from now.

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In the News


Group speaks out on schools

Monday, March 8, 2004
Baltimore Sun

The sanctuary of a Northeast Baltimore church shook with applause yesterday as members from dozens of religious congregations demanded that children not be affected by the fiscal crisis in the city public schools, and that control of the system return to the city and its residents by 2006. "We demand that the children of Baltimore be held harmless," said the Rev. Stephen Tillette of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, one of several clergymen addressing the crowd of about 500 members of BUILD - Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development...


Strickland revists campaign promises

Columbus Dispatch

A year after candidate Ted Strickland promised a faith-based coalition that he would work on their issues of jobs, health care and education, Gov. Ted Strickland returned last night to assess how he's done in his first 11 months in office.

More than 500 people jammed Trinity Baptist Church on St. Clair Avenue to hold Strickland accountable for campaign promises he made a year ago when he was a candidate for governor...


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