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The Takoma Foundation awarded 13 grants in its Fall 2015 cycle, ranging from $300 to $2,000 per project. In total, nearly $22,000 was awarded.

The innovative programs are highly focused on youth-related activities, from encouraging entrepreneurship, to peer mentoring, to making documentaries, to gardening.

A complete list is follows:

Blair High School PTSA: Iron Sharpens Iron-Bolting for Success Mentoring Program. This mentoring program works with students who have self-identified as members of a gang and have exhibited one or more risk factors for dropping out of high school. The mentoring program will surround them with academic and social support coordinated within the school day and with after-school programming.

CHEER: Youth Collaborative. The Takoma Park Youth Collaborative is one of the biggest projects organized by CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment Through Education and Research). Working with volunteers, business and government partners, and other community stakeholders, the Youth Collaborative helps youth transition toward employment and adulthood.

Community Bridges: Girls Mentoring Program. This ongoing program incorporates the Big Sister, Little Sister Program (through which high school participants mentor middle school and elementary school girls) and the Community Bridges Women’s Mentoring Program (through which women mentor high school girls).

Docs In Progress: Community Stories Documentary Project. These video documentaries will tell stories of people and institutions who make up the fabric of life in Takoma Park and nearby, with a particular focus on stories from "The New Avenue" along New Hampshire Ave. The films will be showcased at a free community film festival.

East Silver Spring Elementary PTA: Bring the World. This school will organize a series of cultural events to celebrate the multi-cultural backgrounds of the students through dance, poetry, music, and theater.

East Silver Spring Elementary PTA: Edible Garden. Students and volunteers will build four raised beds for growing edibles in a courtyard garden. The project will also include an herb spiral, sensory plants, and plants that will attract butterflies and their larva.

Essex House Apartments Tenants Association: Parent Advocacy and Support Training. An experienced trainer will present six sessions for parents of school-aged children in grades pre-K to Grade 5. Outreach will be particularly focused on immigrant parents who are unfamiliar with the American-style educational journey.

Gandhi Brigade: Documentary Of Conviction Summer. This summer program empowers teens to conceive, plan and produce a documentary on a newsworthy and topical issue. Guest speakers—including media specialists and content experts—meet with participants and assist with the researching, producing, filming and editing processes.

Girl Scout Troop 6754: Cady Lee Garden Work Day. With the funds provided, the Girl Scouts will purchase plants and annuals that they will plant at the historic Cady-Lee Mansion, as well as conduct other landscaping projects at the Cady-Lee.

Identity, Inc.: The Takoma Park Youth Development Collaborative Youth Entrepreneurship Program. This program will teach up to 35 high school students the principles of entrepreneurship and give them practical experience starting a business.

Piney Branch Elementary School: Science Engineering Technology and Math (STEM) Assembly. The STEM assembly will include a day-time presentation for students from the Maryland Science Museum and an evening event of activities for students and families.

St. Camillus: Help Us to Help Others Ministry. This food pantry provides emergency food distribution to Takoma Park, Silver Spring and Langley Park residents on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Takoma Park JazzFest. One of Takoma Park’s signature events, the JazzFest will return in June.

The Foundation is expanding and has awarded two operational grants, one to Montgomery Blair High School and the second to Takoma Elementary PTO. An additional 15 project grants were awarded as well.

Operational Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Montgomery Blair High School Band and Orchestra Support of general operating funds for the band and orchestra at Montgomery Blair High School. Funds would be used for the maintenance, repair, reconditioning, and purchase of musical instruments, music instruction software and hardware, performance audio equipment, sheet music, contest entrance fees, transportation expenses, band uniforms, and festival and trip expenses.
Takoma Education Campus Parent Teacher Organization Takoma Elementary

Takoma Elementary is in many ways the mirror of Takoma Park Elementary and faces many of the same challenges. The schools have been going through changes and the TECPTO is working on building a stronger PTO and getting more parents involved in the school. 

Project Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Ayuda

Accessing Justice: Supporting Immigrants from the Takoma Community

To help cultivate and leverage relationships with Takoma Park civic and governmental organizations so that low income immigrants can learn about services provided.

Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Arts, African Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Academy

An after-school educational and cultural enrichment program for 1st–5th graders at Essex House (in Takoma Park) and Park Montgomery (in Silver Spring).  

Cub Scout Pack 33

A Year of Scouting

Support will defray the costs of this program for low-income families in Takoma Park, who might not otherwise be able to participate in the year-long scouting program and/or summer camp.

Difference Makers Inc.

Snow Angels Equipment

Support to purchase equipment for the Snow Angel’s snow removal program and Global Youth Services program.  

East Silver Spring Elementary School PTA

STEaM and Learning on Cold Winter’s Days

Funds will help assemble six portable carts for students to use during indoor recess in order to foster creativity, curiosity, and learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEaM).  Many of the activities and tools for the STE(a)M carts are to be solicited from the school community as in-kind donations in order to demonstrate our community’s commitment to sustainability of the project.

Eastern Middle School PTSA

Authors Visit

Support to help bring the author of Red Scarf, an autobiographic book that EMS’ sixth graders are reading on the Cultural Revolution in China, to speak to the students and bring this story to life.  

Essex House Apartments Tenants’ Association

Life Skill Training

An eight-session program for middle school youth who live in Essex House Apartments, with an invitation to others the same age in nearby apartments (Maple View, Parkview Towers, and Maple Avenue Tower).

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

100 Volunteers

A project seeking to recruit 100 new volunteers during 2017 to participate in Free Minds’ “Write Night,” a bi-monthly event designed to create a bridge of understanding between Takoma Park residents and youth incarcerated in the D.C. jail.  

IMPACT Silver Spring

Flower Avenue Apartments

This project’s primary goal is to create a high quality place to live by transforming the existing culture from one of distrust, fear, and division to one of aspiration, trust, and connection in the Flower/Long Branch community.

Montgomery Blair High School

Blair Network Communications

Support in the purchase of five new sets of cameras and tripods for the Intro to TV/Film production class, which will allow additional students to take the class and enable the creation of more complex productions.

Montgomery Blair High School

No Labels Diversity Club

Support for sending students to A World of Difference Anti-Bias Training, a two-day session enabling participants to lead school workshops targeted to students as well as staff.

Pinecrest Community Association

Movie Nights

Assist in the purchase of equipment for showing films in the neighborhood, with the goal of bringing more neighbors together. 

Real Food for Kids – Montgomery

Parent and Community Advocacy for a Strong MCPS Wellness Policy

Support in bringing food cooked from scratch in either the central kitchen or the individual schools, putting salad bars in every school, reducing sugar in school foods, and removing junk food marketing.

Rolling Terrace Elementary PTA

Title 1 Schools College Saving Challenge

A project to educate the community as well as other schools in the area on a Maryland law (HB 1014) that provides new incentives for low and moderate income families to invest in the state’s college savings accounts via a $250 annual matching grant, in return for contributing more than $25/year.

Village of Takoma Park

Parents of Special Needs Adults

Assist in funding a grassroots group of parents and others who are caregivers for adults with special needs. The participants live in the greater Takoma area and are organizing to appeal local and county governments for support of affordable and supportive housing, therapeutic safety, and jobs.

The Takoma Foundation is pleased to have awarded two operational grants and 14 project grants this spring:

Operational Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Takoma Radio  
Rhizome  

Project Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Art for the People, Inc. A series of ceramic workshops at TPES and PBES with groups of students who participate in the ESOL.
CHEER

Lunch and Learn

A program that helps school-age youth develop social and emotional learning skills that will improve their abilities to select, manage, and expand their opportunities to serve each other and their communities.

CREATE Arts Center

smARTkids

A program that will use visual art techniques and art therapy principles to foster increased learning abilities and success in a free after school arts-focused program for at-risk students at Takoma Park Elementary School. Students will benefit from increased confidence, social skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Crittenden Services of Greater Washington

PEARLS

PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills) is a bilingual and bicultural program at Blair High School to support young women who are pregnant or have young children with classes and mentors.

Crossroads Community Food Service

Young Women’s Cooking Club

A program that will train ten young women volunteers from the community in international food education. 

Docs in Progress

Support to increase interest and participation in the Community Stories Festival.

Friends of Takoma Recreation Center

Out of School Basketball Tournament

In partnership with Takoma Recreation, will offer supplemental financial support for this youth opportunity.

Gandhi Brigade

Documentary of Conviction Summer 

A program where Takoma Park youth produce two short videos on a group-chosen, socially-relevant subject. Students’ digital media and research skills will strengthen and demonstrate how youth voices matter.

Montgomery County Collaboration Council

ACE Academy Outreach

The African Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Academy’s ability to participate in an annual Lights On Afterschool event in 2018 was threatened due to budget cuts. Support of the Academy will benefit students and families by bringing public awareness to the importance of making quality afterschool programs accessible to all children.  

Piney Branch Elementary PTA

Move More-Sit Less

Support for teacher training on the Move More-Sit Less program, as well as equipment for the program.

Piney Branch Elementary School

Home Visit Program

A program seeking to build a stronger relationship between Piney Branch staff members and the families of students they serve by making in-home visits with families—engaging in conversation to help establish strong connections between the home and school. 

Takoma Park Elementary School

Books and Breakfast

Provides opportunities for families to share positive learning experiences around books and reading. 

Village of Takoma Park

Aging Well Seminar Series

A program to facilitate culturally-sensitive outreach to underserved and minority communities.

The Takoma Foundation is proud to announce thirteen new additions for the Spring 2018 portfolio. Our grantees presented compelling ideas that will reach a wide variety of Takoma Park citizens, from youth to seniors, from long time residents to recent immigrants. We believe that these programs have the power to affect lives locally and create positive change for our friends and neighbors. Together, we are promoting social justice, visual arts, academic enrichment and athletics. We are combating illiteracy, hunger, apathy and disunity. Please read more about our cutting edge portfolio!

Project Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Community Preservation and Development Corporation

ACE Academy Celebration

The project will bring together all residents and stakeholders of Essex House apartments (Maple Avenue) in a community celebration of the ACE Academy after school program and youth enrichment efforts.

CREATE Arts Center

smARTkids

A program that will use visual art techniques and art therapy principles to foster increased learning abilities and success in a free after school arts-focused program for at-risk students at Takoma Park Elementary School. Students will benefit from increased confidence, social skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Crittenden Services of Greater Washington

PEARLS

PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills) is a bilingual and bicultural program at Blair High School to support young women who are pregnant or have young children with classes and mentors

Difference Makers

Mini-projects that will impact Takoma Park Schools and the Takoma Park/Silver Spring community through three tenets of citizenship, scholarship, and leadership. Activities will include an after school tutoring program, a Lego robotics program, and a literacy program.

Docs in Progress

Public programs during Fall 2018 at the Takoma Park Community Center to increase interest and participation in the Community Stories Festival.

Eastern Middle School

Mosaics

Support the design and creation of a mural at Eastern Middle School. Involving all students in its design and execution, the mural will serve as a model of inclusivity and teamwork.

Arts on the Block

FiSH STiCKS

A community-based art project in which people in the New Hampshire Gardens area will be presented with a hands-on art project.

Gandhi Brigade

Documentary of Conviction Summer 

A program where Takoma Park youth produce two short videos on a group-chosen, socially-relevant subject. Students’ digital media and research skills will strengthen and demonstrate how youth voices matter.

Haggai Speaks

A summer program that will provide day care, academic enrichment, and meals for Takoma Park youth during the summer months, located at the God Glorified Church of God in Christ on Geneva Avenue.

CHEER

Lunch and Learn

A program that helps school-age youth develop social and emotional learning skills that will improve their abilities to select, manage, and expand their opportunities to serve each other and their communities.

Maryland Community Baseball

Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Baseball

A program to sponsor attendance to summer baseball camp for boys and girls who might not otherwise have the means to participate. Efforts will benefit youth teamwork skills and help build community spirit.

Ministries United Silver Spring/Takoma Park

MUSST will help counsel Takoma Park renters facing challenges with eviction and utility payments to balance their financial aptitude and awareness, with the goal of improving their circumstances.

One by 1, Inc.

Provides re-entry mentoring services to young adults including help finding employment, housing, healthcare, and work on relationships with their children and families. Mentorship begins during incarceration and continues after release to maximize transition opportunities.

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