Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Grantees of the Community Partnership Program Awards
Allegany County Board of Commissioners – The Detention Center (partnering with Allegany College Maryland and Family Junction)
Program Description: The program serves incarcerated parents housed at the Allegany County Detention Center. Allegany College of Maryland Adult Basic Education works with the Allegany County Detention Center to develop programming to support the various academic and personal needs of the population. Programming includes a Reentry Program, Adult Education Class (commonly referred to as GED), and a Work Readiness Class.
The Reentry Pre-release Program is based upon the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Pre-release Preparation Program and is designed to reduce recidivism. Instruction and practice focus on examples and scenarios to help students “practice the skills needed to gain sustainable employment and maintain crime-free lifestyles.” The Reentry Pre-release Program is tailored to adult offenders with instruction that offers cognitive-based skills instruction, real-life instruction and practice activities, relevant examples and scenarios to offenders’ lives, and manageable content that can be completed in a few weeks’ time. Highlights of this program are it is customizable to fit the needs of the program, changes the reasoning skills needed to make good judgments and decisions by addressing cognitive deficits associated with criminal behavior, the content is tailored for adult learners with instruction that is easy to read, interpret, and apply for various learning levels and skill sets and it is affordable.
While not a traditional 2Gen/whole family approach program the programs offered during incarceration are focused on the role the parent plays in the education of their child(ren). During the course, learners identify the barriers in their own lives which led to their current situation and will discuss alternative paths they can encourage their own family to pursue. Giving parents the opportunity to improve their family finances and train for a new or better job, allows them to provide their children with better services, health and well-being.
Additionally, efforts to support the programming for parents included the purchase of Brainchild Study Buddy’s which provide an opportunity for inmates to practice skills independently using a handheld device that does not require internet access. Study Buddy units come with 50 content specific cartridges, which allow for supportive skills remediation outside the regularly scheduled classes. Distribution of the Study Buddy devices has increased the GED testing and increased the percentage of passing rate. The Allegany College of Maryland Adult Education Program will continue ongoing efforts to implement the Reentry Program, Pearson Vue GED Testing, and the Work Readiness Class. The curriculum pace is individualized by the inmate, and after successful completion of a skills certification, the reentry coordinator may assist them with connections to prospective employers or apprenticeship programs upon release.
The HOMEBUILDERS® Program – Pressley Ridge
Program Description: The HOMEBUILDERS® Program, an evidenced based program, was established in 1974. The Program is an in-home, intensive family preservation service (IFPS) and reunification program for families with children (newborn to 17 years old) returning from or at risk of placement into foster care, group or residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or juvenile justice facilities. The HOMEBUILDERS® model is designed to eliminate barriers to service while using research-based interventions to improve parental skills, parental capabilities, family interactions, children’s behavior, and family safety. The goals are to prevent the unnecessary out-of-home placement of children through an intensive, onsite intervention and to teach families new problem-solving skills to improve family functioning.
HOMEBUILDERS® will serve families with children birth to 17 years of age who are at imminent risk of an out of home placement or cannot be reunified with their family as the result of parental substance use and incarceration. The Allegany County Department of Social Services will make all referrals to the HOMEBUILDERS® Program.
To learn more visit: Pressley Ridge
Project AIM – Cumberland YMCA
The YMCA will implement the Project AIM curriculum to youth ages 11-14 in out of school settings in Westernport, Lonaconing, Frostburg and Cumberland. This is an evidence-based program that was developed to encourage at-risk youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can be a barrier to a successful adulthood. This youth development intervention is designed to provide youth motivation to make safe choices and to address deeper barriers.
Planning Grant for Youth Services
This planning grant will help the Youth Services Coalition to build on the community’s strengths by helping to align current efforts, fill necessary gaps, and creating a strong strategic framework for improved youth services in Allegany County. The vision for the Youth Services Coalition is “Youth will have the resources and support to succeed in education, career, and life”. The goal of the planning grant is to help the Youth Services Coalition establish a strategic focus and local strategy. Elements of the local strategy will include: 1) Developing a list of priorities; 2) Forging more deliberate program connections rather than allowing fragmentation and isolated programs to be the norm; 3) Targeting resources and shape budgets based on the identified priorities and the opportunities created by program connections; and 4) Establishing outcomes that can be measured by data to inform decisions about what works and what needs to be changed.
PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PROGRAMS
The Community Youth Center – AYEPS (Allegany Youth Enrichment Program Services)
Program Description: The Youth Center is a prevention and education program that will reduce youth involvement in juvenile justice and/or child welfare system. The youth center will operate utilizing a 2-Generation approach focusing on both the needs of the child and parent(s) together. As youth begin participating in the center, parent(s) and families will be invited to participate in activities and will be linked to needed programs and services based on the needs the family identifies. This includes referrals and supports for food and cash assistance, transportation, child care, continuing education and job training as well as tutoring, IEP/504 advocacy, and summer youth employment opportunities among others. The premise of this approach is that children do well in families that do well.
The center will serve children middle school to high school aged. The program is designed to help children who may be traveling down the wrong path, have experienced homelessness, have been bullied, have low self-esteem, and/or are in need of someone to believe in them or just want to become involved in something productive. Any youth in the area, from all backgrounds and social status are welcome to participate in the program but funding is specifically being requested for at-risk youth who have been identified by local law enforcement, the public school system or the department of juvenile justice.
Fiscal Year 2018 Grantees of the Community Partnership Program Awards
Project Yes! – Allegany County Board of Education
Program Description: Project Yes! Is a truancy prevention program that operates out of all Allegany County Middle and High Schools with staff providing supports and training to elementary school staff. Project Yes! Utilizes Check &Connect, an evidence based comprehensive intervention model designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence.
Students identified as high-risk (high truancy, absenteeism) by school personnel will be targeted for intervention at Washington, Braddock, Mount Savage, and Westmar Middle schools.
Healthy Families America (HFA) Program – Allegany County Health Department
Program Description: The Healthy Families America (HFA) Program, an in-home visitation program, uses and evidenced based model to serve high-risk prenatal women and children up to three years of of age. HFA is a leading national evidence-based home visiting model, meeting rigorous criteria for federal funding through the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, and mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
The program serves Opportunity Youth, teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age who are neither working nor in school, residing in Allegany County who are identified high-risk by their OBGYN, Pediatricians, Infants and Toddlers program.
Early Head Start – Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc.
Program Description: Head Start is an evidence-based program that employs a two generation approach that provides high quality services, intentional linkages, and intensive services for parents and children together. Early Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children and their families together. There are four major components to the program: Education-Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally; Health-Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services and early identification of health problems; Parent Involvement- involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workships on child development; and volunteer in the program; and Social Services- Providing outreach to families to determine what services they need and working to link them with those services. The Program will serve as an intervention strategy, targeted to children who have been impacted by incarceration.
To learn more visit: Allegany County HRDC
The Bridges to Opportunities Program – Western Maryland Health System
Program Description: Bridges to Opportunity, a community-driven initiative, uses a multi-dimensional approach to address poverty. The program, through workgroups identifies and addresses community conditions that contribute to individuals falling into and staying in poverty to include: policy issues which hinder individuals from becoming more self-sufficient. Workgroups look at ways to engage youth; improve employment opportunities; affordable housing; quality, affordable childcare; and transportation. The Bridges to Opportunity program features a 20-week Getting Ahead program that helps individuals in poverty build resources. It involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator. Participants examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty such as, housing, jobs, and transportation. This 20-week program provides participants with concepts, tools, and relationships to enhance self- sufficiency and provides critical information the community can use to reduce poverty. The Bridges to Opportunity Program also features a Youth Engagement Strategy. Utilizing the findings from the youth survey and focus groups held to date, Bridges will use the Core Principles for Engaging Young People In Community Change to establish a strong foundation and create opportunities for youth action.
The program serves Opportunity Youth, teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age who are neither working nor in school.
To learn more visit: Bridges to Opportunity
K.I.D.S. Program – Cumberland YMCA
Program Description: K.I.D.S is an out of school time program that targets low-income, at-risk youth and their families residing at two (2) low-income public housing complexes in Cumberland, MD. K.I.D.S staff work with youth to increase learning opportunities, promote self-sufficiency and leadership skills, and develop assets necessary to become caring, responsible, and productive adults. K.I.D.S utilizes Developmental Assets, 40 research-based positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.