Promise Heights In The News
The Greater Baltimore Committee named Promise Heights and the University of Maryland Baltimore as one of the 2018 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award recipients. As one of 12 recipients, they praised Promise Heights’ ongoing commitment to community service at the award luncheon on December 5th. USM Chancellor Robert L. Claret, PhD, who nominated UMB for this award and highlighted the work of Promise Heights, attended the event as well as Jay Perman, UMB President, Richard P. Barth, Dean of the School of Social Work, Promise Heights leadership, as well as the Rosalind Lockwood, Executive Director for Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy. You can read UMB’s full press release here.
Promise Heights is looking for a Budget Analyst! This individual would be responsible for providing analysis and reviewing sustainability plans for the Promise Heights program. The position would also prepare, analyze, forecast, and report budgetary information for Promise Heights' grant and contract budgets.
To see the full job description and/or to apply, click HERE to be taken to the UMB Career portal. All applicants MUST apply through the portal and the posting will close on January 4, 2019.
B’more for Heathy Babies Upton/Druid Heights partnered with interns from Coppin State University to throw the Kids Fun Fall Festival for the Pedestal Gardens Apartments community in October. A big shout out to Pedestal Gardens for being a wonderful partner in our community and creating opportunities to share information.
You can check Pedestal Gardens blog to read a bit more and keep up with what is happening there!
On October 10th Ms. Green, our new College and Career Coordinator, organized College Knowledge Jeopardy! for 9th grade students at Renaissance Academy High School. Participating freshmen were invited to the auditorium and divided up into three teams to play. Students were able to show off their existing college knowledge by answering questions from five categories. After a shy start, Team 3 came out on top with a total of 2,400 points and received awesome Morgan State t-shirts as a prize.
Following the friendly competition, freshmen were able to enjoy lunch as they learned more about Ms. Green’s afterschool College Crew sessions that will be starting next week. This event marks the kick off of our MSDE Next Generation work by providing a fun learning experience about college for students and enable them to bond with their fellow classmates, hear about the supports made possible through our Next Generation Grant, as well as meet Ms. Green formally. We are very excited about what is to come for the 2018-2019 school year!
The U.S. Department of Education has awarding $30 million over 5 years to Promise Heights as one of their most recent Promise Neighborhood implementation awards recipients. In a press release from The University of Maryland Baltimore*, “[t]his funding [will provide] access to educational and enrichment opportunities that underfunded and under-resourced schools like the ones in Upton/Druid Heights so desperately need,” said Promoise Heights Executive Director Bronwyn Mayden, MSW.
“When we talk about the achievement gap for children of color, we should be more focused on the lack of equity which exists for schools in high-poverty neighborhoods.” We are excited for what the future will bring and cannot wait to begin the work. Thank you for your support—we would not be able to do this work without you.
*To read the full press release from University of Maryland Baltimore here.
Promise Heights is looking to hire a Social Worker for the Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School and the community of Promise Heights. This person would receive referrals from teachers for students in the General Student population to identify emotional and social strengths and needs to determine optimal interventions that promote school readiness for children from birth to the age of 5. To view the full job description and apply, visit https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800013K&lang=en Please note that this posting will close on September 7
We are also looking for our next cohort of PromiseCorps members. These individuals in this stipended position will join the Promise Heights team for the 2018-2019 school year and work in the five Upton/Druid Heights schools. Members are supervised by our Community School Coordinators and work with BCPS teachers to conduct assessment and make referrals for chronically absent students. To view the full job description and apply, visit https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=180000PF&lang=en
IMPORTANT: Applications for either position must be completed through the UMB Career portal.
Please share with your network or anyone you feel would be a good fit!
The Community Schools National Forum honors Hallie Atwater with the Community School Coordinator Award for 2018
Congratulations to the AMAZING Hallie Atwater for receiving the National Community School Coordinator Award!
Her work with the Renaissance Academy High School #433 school community will be recognized at the 2018 National Forum in Baltimore on May 2-4. She's being honored for developing over 40 school-community partnerships, focusing on issues of social justice and violence prevention, and lifting up youth and family voices to successfully advocate to keep the school open.
If you take the time to peruse the 2017 Winter edition of the Johns Hopkins Magazine, you may find some familiar faces in their article titled, "Get hype: OrchKids and the creation of the Booker T. Washington Brass Band." It showcases extraordinary collaboration of students from Booker T. Washington Middle School under the guidance of the BSO OrchKids program. This partnership began in 2014 and has blossomed into the robust performance group The Booker T. Washington Brass Band. Led by Khandeya Shepard and Belinda Ceasar from OrchKids beside with Jared Perry, who also serves as BTW music director, creativity and self-expression are encouraged while helping students learn and perfect their craft. Watch the below video for a taste of what these kids are serving!
We could not be prouder of our kids at Booker T. Washington Middle School and are excited to see what they will do in the years to come.
We are currently looking for a new person to join our team!
- Conduct social work assessments that examine risk and strengths of children and their families who attend the Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts (BTW).
- Develop service plans by identifying evidence based or informed programs and services available for a variety of client issues dealing with challenges, strengths, change and crisis. Establish and monitor the connection between the service providers and individual children and their families.
- Participate on the school’s leadership team and support the principal’s vision for school day and after-school program curriculum to the fullest extent possible.
- Provide training, guidance, and support to teachers, school administrators, and staff as well as other community partners regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, and /or medical care.
- Maintain case records and document client(s) progress. May perform chart reviews and generates notes on evaluations, therapy sessions, reports, and other accountability measures.
- Participate in capacity-building activities, including initiative-wide and site-based training, network meetings and study visits, and with the principal ensure the participation of other site-based staff as needed or required.
- Train social work interns working at BTW.
- Use traditional and non-traditional communication channels such as social media and other web technologies.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Education: Masters in Social Work
- License/Certification: Licensed as Graduate Social Work (LGSW) in the State of Maryland
- Preferred Experience: Two years working with low-income communities
KNOWLEDGE, SKILS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of best practices in the field as well as relevant federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and programs/policies utilizing proper application of diagnostic tools.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with a diverse client population using various approved interviewing techniques and consultative approaches. Ability to work as part of a team, as well as with individuals and/or families from diverse ethnic, racial, and social-economic backgrounds. Demonstrated leadership ability, effective verbal and written communication skills, and capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of client information in accordance with professional standards, HIPAA (Health Information Portability & Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and state regulations.
- Strong written and oral community skills as well as proficiency in information technology work processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
For more information or to apply, please visit https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=170001WF&lang=en. This posting has been extended until January 16th!
Please pass on to any individuals that you think would be a great fit for our team!