Making children safe and sound $5 million grant: City program should be successful if it matches effort to receive award.

November 26, 1997

NOT ONLY DID Baltimore win a $5 million Safe and Sound foundation grant recently but the effort helped galvanize the community. Over 900 volunteers from various schools, charities and city agencies worked 20 months to create a winning program. Along the way they developed relationships and innovations that should improve the quality of life for city children.

The long grant-application campaign climaxed with a fall summit to discuss goals for a Safe and Sound program. That led to four areas designated for special attention:

Better recreation activities after school and during summer months.

More 8-year-olds reading at grade level.

Reducing gun violence.

Improving support systems for families with young children.

The aim is to build upon the strengths of existing programs that serve children. Congratulations to everyone who worked to secure the Safe and Sound grant, in particular the Baltimore Community Foundation and Associated Black Charities as well as the city's health, education, recreation and police departments.

A Youth Council of more than 300 young volunteers deserves special praise. It's their ideas for making Baltimore a safer city that could have the most impact.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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