Our Youth Development Strategy


ETHM’s Bridging The Gap of Education, Health, Poverty, Safety, and Morality strategy is:
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 student 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) Under achieving 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) 99% graduation rate.
2) 99% of our students graduate on time college, career, and workforce ready.
3) 75 Service Learning Hours (SLH) are earned by students upon graduation. Most SLH are earned through ETHM’s community outreach initiatives.
4) 75% of our students participate in paid summer internships, summer enrichment programs, or participate in college bridge programs that correlate to their career choices.
5) 90% of our graduates are accepted by colleges for admissions.

Cost benefit impact of ETHM to PGCPS per year
PTCS Tuition cost: $3,460 vs $148,767*annual cost for an incarcerated youth.
PTCS Dropout rate: 1 student in 2019 since PTCS began vs 31.46** at BHS in 2018.
PTCS Suspension rate: 0 students in 2019 vs 7.18% suspension rate• at BHS in 2019.
PTCS Attendance: 5 (3.29%) PTCS students were absent more than 20 days in 2019 vs 35.87% of BHS students absent more than 20 days in 2018.**






*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