Our Youth Development Strategy

These updates are going in the “Our youth development page”. The “our youth development page” is under the bridging the gap menu. 

ETHM’s Bridging The Gap to Academic and Career Excellence:

1. Building communities that equips youth with career and workforce skills

2. Sustaining communities that empowers youth with leadership and character skills

3. Uniting communities that engage youth in community service activities and events

4. Healing communities through youth advocacy for educational, social, moral, and economic equity

5. Impacting the health and wealth of communities through youth leadership where they live, learn, work, worship, and play

ETHM’s strategies focus on student literacy at BHS through experiential learning opportunities that engage students who live, learn, work, worship, and play primarily in the Port Towns and Riverdale communities in health and nutrition and environmental health education with community partner businesses. This approach to education in addition to students’ quarterly grade and attendance monitoring and community outreach activities, summer internships; tutoring and mentoring; curriculum development and review; and practical skills training improves students’ literacy and positive behavioral changes. Our organizational goals are to graduate students on time; prepare students for college, career, and workforce entry; equip students with leadership and character skills; and promote youth-led health and wellness advocacy. ETHM’s Pathways to Career Success school-based program operates during the school day, which provides our career coaching staff with opportunities to meet with students &/or their parents. Our staff works with students to help them prepare their own academic, career, and health goals.  ETHM’s programs help improve students’ literacy in subject areas that include English, math, history, government, workforce development, health, nutrition education, science, and social studies. Our year round programs are embedded in the school day and school’s health and science curriculum.

The need for ETHM is great! BHS and William Wirt Middle School (WWMS) are Title 1 schools with many educational, health, social, and economic needs that are depicted by gaps that our inner beltway youth experience:

1) Underachieving academically for life success

2) Suffering from high unemployment or under-employment

3) Lacking quality and affordable after-school programs and services

ETHM’s highly successful youth serving organization addresses these and other youth development needs that prepare students to move to life sufficiency:

1) 100% of our students graduate on time college, career, and workforce ready.

2) An average of 75 Service Learning Hours (SLH) are earned by students upon graduation. Most SLH is earned through ETHM’s community outreach initiatives.

3) 75% of our students participate in ETHM summer internships, summer enrichment programs, or college bridge programs that correlate to their career choices.

4) 90% of our graduates are accepted by colleges for admissions.

Major decisions made during FY 2022 that enhances ETHM’s relevance and significance to BHS & to the community

1) Support the principal’s summer bridge program with ETHM’s financial and staff resources. Expand our peer mediation training to a year-long model through our monthly character and leadership development program.

2) Peer mediation training initiative has enhanced ETHM’s school and community impact. Student peer mediators will assist Bladensburg High School’s Peer Mediator by helping to create a safer, more respectful, and peaceful learning environment. 

2022 ETHM Fundraising supports the following Program direct student costs: Tuition, Student Stipends, & Scholarships

1) Continue providing free tuition annually to each Pathways to Career Success (PTCS) Program participant. This year, the tuition cost per participant was $3,402.

2) Total stipends paid to summer interns was $76,761.00 through our Jobs-For-Youth Summer Employment Program (JFYSEP). 

3) Total scholarships awarded to our graduates was $37,464.00. Scholarships are still being awarded to graduates.

Cost-benefit impact of ETHM to PGCPS per year

PTCS Tuition cost: $3,402 vs $167,170*annual cost for an incarcerated youth.

PTCS Dropout rate: 0

PTCS Suspension rate: 0

PTCS Attendance: 100% of our graduates were absent less than 10 days throughout the entire school year

*Incarcerated youth data retrieved from: http://www.justicepolicy.org/uploads/justicepolicy/documents/sticker_shock_final_v2.pdf
** BHS Graduation & drop out data retrieved from: http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/Graphs/#/AtaGlance/Index/3/17/6/16/0208
•BHS Suspensions, expulsions data retrieved from: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DCAA/SSP/20172018Student/2018SuspensionsbySchoolIN.pdf http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DCAA/SSP/20172018Student/2018SuspensionsbySchoolOUT.pdf

Partners and Stakeholders

Kaiser Permanente
TD Bank
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Prince George's County Public Schools
Combined Federal Campaign
United Way of the National Capital Area