Strengthening and expanding trauma-informed techniques to foster social and emotional development of male middle school students in Baltimore

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.The Adolescent Behavioral Health Partnership (ABAH), a collaboration of Elev8 Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Bayview Department of Pediatrics, employs trauma-informed techniques targeting 250 fifth- to eighth-grade boys attending Tench Tilghman School and Collington Square School, in East Baltimore. In partnership with each school, the ABHP provides a full-time wellness coordinator; conducts baseline behavioral assessments to document and monitor symptoms of anger, anxiety and depression; introduces students to a mindfulness-based stress reduction program designed to improve skills to cope with trauma; links students to academic and social enrichment provided after school; and facilitates parent education designed to alleviate barriers to academic achievement. The activities in this project are: (1) develop student-level data analysis that links behavioral health data to attendance, achievement and suspension/expulsion data; (2) document implementation best practices and lessons learned from existing partner schools; (3) expand ABHP strategy and services to two additional schools; (4) develop a strategic plan for city-wide replication; and (5) create technical assistance and training materials to support replication efforts.

East Baltimore Development Inc. is a grantee of the RWJF Forward Promise Initiative.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $496,826.00

Awarded on: 6/5/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 3/31/2014

Grant Number: 70953


East Baltimore Development Inc.

1731 East Chase Street
Baltimore, 21213-3133


Yekatit Bezooayehu
Project Director


Nicole Angela Johnson
Project Director