Community School Strategy at Ben Franklin
The Ben Center partners with the Family League of Baltimore City and employs a full-time Community School Coordinator, who in turn, collaborates with partners and leverages resources for students, families, and communities. The Ben Center seeks to build an Academic Village in Brooklyn and Curtis Bay, with its cluster of elementary, middle, and high schools, to foster lifelong learning and outstanding citizenship.
As part of Community Schools initiative in Baltimore since 2007, our anchor partnerships speak to the uniqueness of the strategy’s growth at Benjamin Franklin High School:
The United Way of Central Maryland funds the United Way Family Center which helps young parents to obtain their high school diploma. The Family Center also ensures the healthy development of the young parents’ infants and toddlers as well the workforce development of community residents.
The United Way of Central Maryland provides funding for, and in concert with The Ben Center, manages the Family Stability Program. The program serves community residents and prevents them from becoming homeless.
The Ben Center provides a range of mental health and case management services to high school students and community members. UMB SSW Master of Social Work student interns, supervised by licensed Ben Center clinicians conduct individual and group interventions, track and help improve student attendance and manage cases on the Student Support Team.
The Maryland State Department of Education funds the United Way Family Center to provide support to young parents, their children, and the community.
Pathway Church of God partners with the Ben Center in helping families obtain emergency food and supplies, Pathway also provides volunteers during BenFest and other special events.
CSX, in collaboration with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, is in the process of building the Bay Brook Athletic Field to provide a beautiful and safe home field for students at Bay-Brook, Curtis Bay, Maree Farring Elementary/Middle, and Ben Franklin High School to play.
The Krieger Fund provides funding for the United Way Family Center to provide support to young parents, their children, and the community.
PwC facilitates financial literacy workshops to BFHS families, creates internships to BFHS students, and provides volunteers to BenFest, our annual community festival.
Provides funding for a full-time community school coordinator to support collaboration of partners and resources.
Provides in-kind space and funding to support the work of the Ben Center.
New to Ben Franklin, the Northrup Grumman partnership is bringing robust STEM opportunities and career development support to Ben Franklin students.
The Choice Program and Sherman Scholars, for student and academic support, are key components of our emerging partnership with UMBC.
PACT provides consultation, training and technical assistance to the United Way Family Center.
Benjamin Franklin High School received national recognition in 2015 as a recipient of a “Community School Award for Excellence” from the Coalition for Community Schools