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Join the Promise Heights team!

Jennifer Hasselbusch

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 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 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!

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


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

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 or check out her Instagram.