2019 Champion in Life Recipient, Touching Young Lives, Featured at DesignFest on Saturday, March 2nd

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On Saturday March 2, 2019 Touching Young Lives will be participating in the annual T. Rowe Price Foundation’s Grassroots DesignFest at MICA. The event brings together designers and non-profit organization in order to solve design problems. Several months ago, the DesignFest organizers put out a call for local nonprofit organizations to submit proposals of their design challenges and those with potentially significant impact would be considered. Touching Young Lives Founder & Executive Director, Shantell Roberts, submitted a proposal to collaborate with designers on an updated outer design for future Portable Alternative Cribs. They were selected and will collaborate with a team of volunteer designers throughout the day to leave with usable designs. Several other local nonprofits participating as well. The event is open to the public and more information about the event is available at www.designfest.weebly.com. To learn more about the great work being done by Shantell and her organization, visit www.touchingyounglives.com.


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A Great Visit with Sisters Circle

Building for God Community Foundation Board Members, Craig Hayward and Paul DiBari had a chance to visit with Sisters Circle, a 2018 Champion in Life Grant Award Winner. Sisters Circle provides long-term mentoring to foster meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of girls and young women in Baltimore.   Craig and Paul met with Stephanie Raddy, pictured here, as well as some of the young ladies who are part of the wonderful work being done at Sisters Circle. As Craig Hayward said, “The need for our Foundation to invest in the great work being done at Sisters Circle is great…and the ultimate benefit to these young women and their community is even greater.”

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Safe and Sound Schools is Hard at Work Keeping Our Children Safe


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When it comes to Building for God Community Foundation Partner, Safe and Sound Schools, 2018 has proven to be another successful year! In the past few months their events have reached thousands of people, delivering their unique message of safety in our schools. Some of these events include:

  • Ivymount School for students with special needs – site visit and consultation

  • Marriotts Ridge High School, Howard County – Safe and Sound Youth Council presentation and a community night

  • DHI Security Conference, Baltimore

  • Baltimore County Public Schools School Safety Conference

  • Federal Emergency Management Association PrepTalk, available online

  • School Safety webinar, hosted by Raptor Technologies

  • Axis School Safety Symposium

  • National Association of School Resource Officers

Curious about what some of what Safe and Sound Schools is sharing? They recently released the State of School Safety Report (www.safeandsoundschools.org/research) and published Parents for Safe Schools web page (www.safeandsoundschools.org/resources/parent-resources/).

If you’d like to read more about the wonderful things Safe and Sound Schools is doing for our community, you may enjoy these two great reads:

The Building for God Community Foundation is obviously very proud of the work being done by Safe and Sound Schools and looks forward to sharing more of their successes in the month ahead.



Help Support Empower4Life on Saturday, April 8, 2018!


2018 Champion in Life Grant Award Recipient, Empower4Life, is hosting a fundraising yard sale on April 8th.  "Sip & Shop" is being held from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at their office located at 3224 Joppa Road in Carney.  More than 1,000 quality/name brand items are available for purchase in an effort to fund their educational programs. Items range from housewares, to clothing for all ages/sizes, to handbags to baby items!  Stop by...Sip, Shop, and Support!

Empower4Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves to teach children to develop the skills needed to be healthy and productive in school, feel empowered to overcome challenges they face, and inspired to learn, grow and succeed the rest of their lives.  

Congrats, Van! (We're so proud!)

We're excited to know of Van's latest accomplishment!  Here is a blurb from one of SAFE's earlier announcements...  

"On this 13th anniversary of his injury, we are proud to tell you that Van has been selected to serve as Director of The Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism. It is a richly deserved honor as well as an incredible opportunity for Van to develop new skills that will allow him to serve SAFE in the years to come. While serving the Governor’s Office, he will still remain at the helm of SAFE, overseeing its continued growth.  He will be joined in that effort by Deonta Sweets, who will direct day-to-day operations as SAFE’s new Assistant Director."

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Support Our Foundation Through Amazon Smile

If you're not familiar with Amazon Smile, it's a great way to give to the Foundation.  Instead of purchasing through Amazon.com, log into smile.Amazon.com.  It's the same website but a percentage of your purchase dollars will be donated back to the Building for God Community Foundation! Try the link below.  It's sure to make us SMILE!

Next One Up Launches Its Summer Programming

2016 Champion in Life Award Recipient, Next One Up (www.nextoneup.org) recently shared some great news:

Next One Up's Summer Program will launch June 26th! The program has been fully funded by Under Armour and the Weinberg Foundation, and will serve 40 of our program members, grades 7-12.  The program will also employ four of our college-aged program members as camp counselors:  Tynard Barfield (Hobart), Sherrod Hawkes (Towson U), Keontay Gaines (Tulsa) and Winfield Hopkins (Goucher).  

This Summer's program will feature:

  • 60 hours of classroom time. Instruction will focus on combating summer learning loss; preparing students for SAT success; burnishing social/soft skills; and providing financial aid and college counseling sessions with NOU's expert college counselor,  Mavis Jackson.
  • 5 days of College Immersion at McDaniel College. Students will experience life on campus and a 'college-like' schedule. They will live in the dorms, eat in the cafeteria and fill their days with classes and workouts.
  • 5 days of industrial apprenticeship at the Foundry in Port Covington. NOU is excited to partner with the new Foundry to provide a truly novel experience for our participants. Student will spend their final week of the summer program learning how to use industrial-grade tools and learning about various trades.
  • Compensation from YouthWorks. All students will receive compensation from Baltimore City's YouthWorks Program upon successful completion of the five-week program.  

We have also scheduled guest lectures by visionary leaders, athletes, and scholars. These include: 

Mike McCray, Ravens Ring of Honor Member and Super Bowl Champion will discuss his athletic career and the lessons he learned along the way.

Dominique S. Moore, will speak to our student athletes about her legal career and community development work. She will also discuss the impacts of structural racism. 

Eddie Penney, retired Navy SEAL and former member of SEAL Team 6 who is the Founder and CEO of The Contingent Group, will discuss his career in public service.