Today, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Promise Heights and CASA de Maryland, Inc., as 2012 Promise Neighborhood grant winners.
"I am incredibly honored to congratulate Promise Heights and CASA de Maryland for earning this distinction. I know the work of both of these programs, and am elated that they are now being recognized for their efforts to combat the impact of poverty in some of our neediest communities." said Cummings. "I often say that our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see. The commitment of these organizations to changing the outcomes of so many children and families plays a critical role in cultivating a brighter future for our state and nation."
Over the next year, Promise Heights and CASA de Maryland, Inc., will receive $499,735 and $500,000, respectively, to provide a continuum of education programming in multiple Maryland communities.
Promise Heights, a collaborative initiated by UMB and multiple partners, works with residents in the West Baltimore neighborhoods of Upton and Druid Heights to improve access to high-quality education and human services.
Based in Baltimore, CASA de Maryland, Inc., is committed to working with low-income Latino communities and families to improve their quality of life and access to resources. CASA will focus its Promise Neighborhood work in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County.
Secretary Duncan selected a total of 17 awardees from over 200 applicants. The winners share $60 million in grants to support safety, health and education services in impoverished neighborhoods.
Promise Neighborhoods is one of the signature programs of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. These are the first Promise Neighborhood grants awarded in Maryland's 7th congressional district.
Additional information on the Promise Neighborhoods program and 2012 winners is also available here.