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.
Amount Awarded $496,826.00
Awarded on: 6/5/2013
Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 3/31/2014
Grant Number: 70953