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.
Major decisions made during FY2020/2021 that enhanced ETHM’s relevance and significance to BHS & to the community
1) Increase our humanitarian giving for PTCS families who lost jobs, buried family members, and were hospitalized.
2021 ETHM Fundraising supports the following Program direct student costs: Tuition, Student Stipends, & Scholarships
2) Continue providing free tuition annually to each Pathways to Career Success (PTCS) Program participant. This year, the tuition cost per student-participant was $3,244 (based on total revenue through September 2021).
3) Increase our Jobs-For-Youth Summer Employment Program (JFYSEP) summer intern stipends to $16 per hour for all interns. Total Stipends paid was $84,536.00.
4) Increase scholarship awards for all 2021 graduates enrolling in college. Total scholarship awards paid to graduates attending college = $23,371.32
5) Make ETHM’s theme for the FY2021/2022 School Year: Connecting Students to Schools and Communities
6) Co-design a JFYSEP Arts & Wellness to Action Program that prepared student for school and community recovery and connection in the Fall of SY2021 that focused on Literacy Enhancement throughout interns’ job experiences this summer.
7) Continue serving communities by participating in safe mostly outdoor activities/events that require safe COVID practices.
8) Ensure that ETHM connects to the Principal’s SY2021/2022 goals for this upcoming school year.
Cost benefit impact of ETHM to PGCPS per year
PTCS Tuition cost: $3,244 vs $148,767*annual cost for an incarcerated youth.
PTCS Dropout rate: O student in 2021 since PTCS began vs 31.46** at BHS in 2019 (2021 not available).
PTCS Suspension rate: No suspension data due to COVID.
PTCS Attendance: No attendance data due to COVID.
** 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