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Education and Youth



Child First serves over 1400 students across Baltimore.

BUILD recognized a need for after-school programs and more parental involvement, so we created the Child First program, today an independent entity that serves 1,400 youth.

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EQUAL launches a new charter school in South East Queens, NY.

In 2010, EQUAL launched the Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School (REACS), the only charter school in a neighborhood with few quality school choices.  The school will provide 110 kindergarten, first and second grade students an excellent education, and will eventually expand to serve 235 students.  EQUAL leaders are working to secure a new building, which will be needed as the school grows.




South Bronx Churches builds a brand new multi-school campus.

South Bronx Churches,  a coalition of neighborhood congregations, nonprofit agencies and tenant and homeowner groups, imagined and organized for a modern four-school campus at Mott Haven, now serving over 2000 children with a world-class education in some of the nation's top educational facilities. The new schools campus opened its doors in September 2010 on a seven-acre site at East 153rd Street and Concourse Village West. The $250 million project is the single largest school construction plan in the history of New York City. 

 

 




BUILD restores $18 million in education funding for Baltimore schools.

 BUILD organized with MD IAF and the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) to restore $18 million in state funding for Baltimore schools and $94 million state-wide. BUILD joined BEC to meet with legislators in Annapolis, testify at hearings, make phone calls and emails, and helped turnout 2000 parents, students, and teachers on a rainy night to call for restoring the cuts. 




Lake County United launches "Waukegan to College"

Lake County United researched, developed and launched Waukegan to College, an intensive family-focused college readiness program in 2009.  This fall the program has grown to 52 students from 30 families, with 10 students now in college.  With guidance from a 12 member planning team, we have completed a strategic plan for Waukegan to College and will begin recruiting a board of directors to oversee the program as it spins off into its own stand alone non-profit roughly one year from now.

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In the News


Strickland revists campaign promises

Columbus Dispatch

A year after candidate Ted Strickland promised a faith-based coalition that he would work on their issues of jobs, health care and education, Gov. Ted Strickland returned last night to assess how he's done in his first 11 months in office.

More than 500 people jammed Trinity Baptist Church on St. Clair Avenue to hold Strickland accountable for campaign promises he made a year ago when he was a candidate for governor...


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