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Parent University I 9 Graduates in the news!

Jennifer Hasselbusch

This past Tuesday, November 7th, marked graduation day for the 9th class of Parent University. While this occasion that has always been a wonderful way to wrap up the class, this past Tuesday WJZ 13 reporter Mike Schuh stopped by to learn more about our program and families. Watch his segment here.

Thank you Mike and WJZ for meeting our parents and showing off the great work they are doing to improve the lives of their kids.

Our next round of Parent University I will begin in late February. For more information contact Britney Pitts, Parent University I Coordinator.

 

Strange Fruit wins big at the Baltimore International Black Youth Film Fest

Jennifer Hasselbusch

Strange Fruit is a short film created by Renaissance Academy students, working under Ras Tre Subira of Griot’s Eye, about their experiences growing up in the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood and how police brutality has affected their lives. Filmed during the 16-17 school year and submitted to the Baltimore International Black Film Festival for their Youth Film Fest, the students walked away with the honor of Best Film.

Congratulations to all of the individuals involved with the creation of this project.

Special thanks to MSDE, who partially funded the program through the 21st CCLC program awarded to Promise Heights.

You can learn more about the Baltimore International Black Film Festival by visiting their website.

Renaissance Academy Renovations Unveiled on September 18, 2017

Jennifer Hasselbusch

Renaissance Academy Senior Tyshaun Wallace speaks to Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson after the press conference on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Renaissance Academy Senior Tyshaun Wallace speaks to Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson after the press conference on Monday, September 18, 2017.

A press conference on Monday, September 18th, marked the official unveiling of extensive renovations to Renaissance Academy High School. Started at the end of the 2016-2107 school year, the project was funded by a generous donation of $1.5 million byThe Baltimore Ravens to Baltimore City Public Schools after seeing multiple stories about the dedication of RA students and the community to the school.

Speakers at the event included Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Ravens President Dick Cass, Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, CEO of BCPS Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, University of Maryand Baltimore President Jay Perman, and RA Principal Nikkia Rowe. Improvements made to the school include:

  • Classrooms modified to increase office space for social workers and mentors who need private settings to provide counseling services to students.
  • New food pantry and laundry room
  • Updated science and art rooms.
  • A large student common area.
  • Cosmetic and beautification to throughout the school and complete re-do of the lobby.

Perhaps Nikkia Rowe, RA Principal, says it best.

"At Renaissance, we always speak to 'changing the outcome,' and we are humbled by the leap of faith taken by the entire Ravens organization."

Thank you to the Baltimore Ravens for improving the lives of our students and teachers!

Read more about the press conference:

Video coverage:

  • CBS            
  • WBAL        

 

photo credit: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun and Betsy Stein, University of Maryland Baltimore

Stacey Stephens presents for the US Dept. of Defense

Jennifer Hasselbusch

B'more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights Director, Stacey Stephens, presented at the Department of Defense's Fatality Review Summit in July in Alexandria, VA. She and Dr. Shelly Choo, Senior Medical Advisor of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Baltimore City Health Department, presented on the B'more for Healthy Babies SLEEP Safe Campaign. Read bit more about the Summit and their presentation here.

The Parent University Program is spotlighted in a national publication.

Jennifer Hasselbusch

An article written by Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel, Britney Pitts, Bronwyn Mayden and Richard P. Barth will be published by the Children and Youth Services Review in their fall issue, Volume 81, October 2017.

The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors

Abstract

Few evidence-based parenting programs exist for children under the age of three and even fewer have been rigorously evaluated in comparison to parenting programs for older children. The Parent University Program (PUP), was developed to serve parents with children birth through three who lived in southwest Baltimore. Parent-child dyads (N = 86) participated in the parenting program with the goal of increasing responsive parenting skills.

Participants of the PUP showed a significant increase in responsive parenting behaviors. Participants in this open trial study who completed pre-test, post-test, and follow-up assessments showed a significant change from clinical to non-clinical status after attending the PUP. Neither the type of facilitator nor the number of hours attended showed an association with changing parenting behaviors. The age of the child was associated with the change in responsive parenting. Parents of older children in the birth to three age range had higher scores at pre-test and showed less change over time. The results of this study suggest that the Parent University Program was associated with positive change in responsive parenting behaviors for parents with children birth through three years of age.

Citation: Liggett-Creel, K., Barth, R. P., Mayden, B., & Pitts, B. E. (2017). The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors. Children And Youth Services Review, 8110-20. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.07.017

You can download and read the full article via the Science Direct website. Congratulations to Ms. Pitts on her first publication and Dr. Liggett-Creel for the success of the program.

Join the Promise Heights Team - we're looking for AmeriCorps Student Servicie Coordinators!

Jennifer Hasselbusch

We are looking for ten AmeriCorps Student Service Coordinators to join the Promise Heights team for the coming school year. They will be working in the five Upton/Druid Heights schools, operating under our Community School Coordinators as well as interacting 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=170001AT&lang=en.

IMPORTANT: Applications must be completed through this portal.

Please share with your network or anyone you feel would be a good fit!

Renaissance Academy renovations, courtesy of the Ravens

Jennifer Hasselbusch

Ravens officials said owner Steve Bisciotti was moved after reading articles about the school's plight and the devotion of the students. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore)

Ravens officials said owner Steve Bisciotti was moved after reading articles about the school's plight and the devotion of the students. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore)

Earlier this year, Baltimore City Schools announced that an anonymous donor had given $1 million dollars to be used for the renovation of Renaissance Academy after public outcry surrounding the potential closing of the school at the end of SY17. We are very happy to report that this week the Ravens have revealed themselves to be the generous donor. They have also kicked in an additional $500,000 to be put toward the completion of the school renovations.

You can read the full article written by Contact Reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Andrea K. McDaniels, by clicking here.

We are extremely thankful to the Ravens for making it possible for our students to stay in the school they love and look forward to the reopening of Renaissance on September 5th when SY18 begins.

If you want it, it's already yours

Jennifer Hasselbusch

If you've driven by Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, you may have noticed a distinct change to front of the building - a beautiful mural on the front doors. Made possible by the T. Rowe Price Foundation and collaboration with the Jubilee Arts Center, the mural was conceptualized and led by illustrator Megan Lewis1. Titled "If you want it, it's already yours," she hopes that the mural will inspire incoming students. "Before the students stepped inside the school I wanted them to be visually boosted with a self reflecting, inspiring, and colorful image." To complete the piece, she was assisted by Tamyaja Johnson, Kristian Tyson, Taliayah Thorne, and Ka'Nyrah Wilson, students at EMES. 

To see more of Ms. Lewis's artwork in the community, you can visit her website at www.meganlewis1illustrator.com or check out her Instagram.

The Crispus Attucks Recreation Center is back in business!

Jennifer Hasselbusch

From left, University of Maryland School of Social Work Dean Richard P. Barth; Councilman Eric T. Costello; Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Bob Wall, chief of recreation, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks; and Del. Antonio L. Hayes.

From left, University of Maryland School of Social Work Dean Richard P. Barth; Councilman Eric T. Costello; Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Bob Wall, chief of recreation, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks; and Del. Antonio L. Hayes.

After 5 years of being shut down, the Crispus Attucks Recreation Center officially re-opened to the public on June 22, 2017. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh spoke at the press conference as well as Councilman Eric T. Costello and University of Maryland School of Social Work Dean Richard P. Barth. Closed by Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, these was much lobbying to have it reopened especially after the riots following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

'“Today would not be possible without the spirit of collaboration among the Department of Parks and Recreation, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Promise Heights, community associations, and the families who called this neighborhood time and time again to come together, to be together, to work together,” Pugh said.'

The recreation center is located off the back of Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School and will be a site for the Baltimore City Recreation & Parks summer program, CAMP BALTIMORE!, which will offer academic enrichment, field trips, and activities for children in the neighborhood. Click HERE to read a full article on the press conference written by Mary T. Phelan, University of Maryland Baltimore Media Relations Senior Specialist.