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Fiscal Year 2019 & 2020 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.  First part of the program is a parenting class, utilizing Parenting Inside Out (PIO).  The Parenting Inside Out (PIO) component is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parent management skills training program created for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and instructional designers. To complement the program, incarcerated parents will be given opportunities to communicate with their children through mail, by phone, and through video conferencing and special activities such as voice recordings of the incarcerated parent reading their child’s favorite story.  Another part of the program will be established computer access for incarcerated parents to take their GED exam while incarcerated.  Currently this is not an option and has been a barrier to inmates advancing their education and in turn their employment prospects upon release. The final part of the program will be flexible funds for barrier removal.  These funds will be designated for use by the Allegany County Detention Center to help remove barriers for incarcerated parents upon re-entry.

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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

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Fiscal Year 2019 Grantee of the Governor’s Office for Crime Control and Prevention – Program Awards

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

The program serves low-income youth residing at Jane Frazier Village or Benjamin Gardens.

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