Serving At-Risk Youth & Families

Across Central Maryland, but primarily in Baltimore City, the Y offers asset-building programs that engage thousands of at-risk youth in a spectrum of activities that promote academic success, foster connections with family and community, and encourage healthy development and activity. These programs are based on the Search Institute’s model of developmental assets.

As defined by the Search Institute, developmental assets are the positive experiences young people need to succeed and thrive. The more assets youth have, the more likely they are to have positive attitudes towards school, healthy lifestyles and leadership potential. Our goal is to provide a quality programming that intentionally increases and enriches the developmental assets present in children and youth’s lives with a strong emphasis on reinforcing the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and promoting healthier, more active lifestyles. Through strong community partnerships, we are able to reach these youth and positively influence their lives.

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved with our programs for at-risk youth and families, please contact Derryck Fletcher at 443-322-8082 or derryckfletcher@ymaryland.org.

Safety, Support and Enrichment After School

Y Boost (Baltimore Out-of-School Time) Achievers
& 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Located in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods, these after-school programs are attended by more than 1,000 students in elementary, middle and high schools. Academics focused on reading, writing and math, are taught by certified teachers. The Y works with multiple collaborators to provide the enrichment component of the program such as art instruction, dance, sports, and chess.

 

College Gardens

This after-school and summer program for elementary, middle and high school youth is located in the College Gardens community. Youth receive academic and homework support, participate in enrichment clubs and field trips, interact with community leaders and enjoy family time at specially organized parent nights. The program collaborates with UMBC’s Shriver Center which provides service opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to make an impact in the lives of young people.

Y Chess Clubs

Youth learn the game and strategy of chess, building
critical thinking and problem-solving skills along the
way. These clubs are located in several Baltimore City Public elementary, middle and high schools and most are offered in conjunction with our Y BOOST Achievers program.

Youth and Government

A state-wide program that educates high school students about the democratic process. Students participate in all aspects of the legislative process, including research, writing bills, debating, campaigning, and parliamentary procedure. The program closes with an annual trip to the State Capital in Annapolis, MD to participate in a mock legislative session.

Providing Basic Needs as a Foundation for
Academic Success

The Y operates several Community Schools throughout
Baltimore City Public Schools. Y staff work with a Coordinating
Council to identify assets and needs in local communities and work to bring resources to the schools. Community Schools help provide students and their families with basic needs such as food, shelter and security. Without these resources, many children would be less prepared to take on the challenges of the mind and fulfill their potential.

Enriching Summer Experiences for At-Risk Youth

Camp New Horizons II

Among the many excellent camp programs the Y runs is
Camp New Horizons for homeless middle and high school
students. The program is designed to help prevent summer learning loss, increase graduation rates, equip youth with tools to obtain employment, improve self-esteem, and build character. Youth enrolled in this program get 8-weeks of productive summer engagement. They spend their mornings receiving academic support and developing skills, like how to apply for college, how to look for a job, how to prepare for interviews, and other workforce development skills. In the afternoons they receive real-world job placements and a stipend. The Y also helps make sure they have the basics for the job like soap, toothpaste and clean clothes so they can arrive at work feeling confident and cared for.

College Gardens

This after-school and summer program for elementary, middle and high school youth is located in the College Gardens community. Youth receive academic and homework support, participate in enrichment clubs and field trips, interact with community leaders and enjoy family time at specially organized parent nights. The program collaborates with UMBC’s Shriver Center which provides service opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to make an impact in the lives of young people.

Super Kids Camp

In partnership with the Parks and People Foundation, the Y participates in Baltimore’s Super Kids Camp – a summer reading and literacy enrichment program. This unique city-wide program seeks to work with primary grade children who are behind in reading skills. Mornings are spent in small group reading instruction and afternoons are designed to extend literacy experiences through enrichment.

Alternative Education and Intervention

In partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools,
Success Academy is an alternative options program that
delivers programming to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of middle and high school students placed on long-term suspension. Students spend half of the day receiving academic instruction at Success Academy located in the Baltimore City Public Schools central office, and the other half at the Druid Hill Family Center Y engaging in activities that support their social and emotional growth like conflict resolution sessions, health & well-being programs, manhood and womanhood classes, and service learning.

Mentoring

The Y Building Futures Mentoring Program matches adult
volunteers to young people who need the presence of
reliable, responsible and caring adults in their lives. The Y provides mentors with all the necessary tools and resources needed, including comprehensive training, hundreds of activities at Y centers or Y staffed events and programs for mentors and mentees, and a free Y membership while participating in the program. For more information on Y Building Futures, click here.