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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand Community Mediation

Community Mediation 

Community Mediation, Inc. (CM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes peaceful communities and just relationships by enabling individuals, families, organizations and communities to resolve their conflicts themselves through mediation, dialogue, training, facilitation and education. 
 

Grant Description  

This grant will support Community Mediation's operating expenses. 

12/20/2018 $45,000 Hamden CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand Worcester State University Foundation

Worcester State University Foundation 

The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State University (WSU) was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to narrow the achievement gap in education through research, policy development, and the provision of outcomes. The LEI provides 7 signature programs that model family-school involvement, reduce school dropout rates, and improves enrollment in higher education. Last year 2,100 families, ages 5 to 80, were served and currently all programs have a waiting list. 
 

Grant Description  

The grant will support the youth work located with the Latino Education Institute. The grantee will select how to use the grant to support operating costs. 

12/20/2018 $45,000 Worcester MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education 

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is committed to excellence, opportunity and innovation in our public education system to prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society. 
 

Grant Description  

This is a one time grant for general operating support for MBAE from January 2019 to June 2019. 

12/20/2018 $75,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand University of Southern Maine-Muskie School of Public Service

University of Southern Maine-Muskie School of Public Service 

The University of Southern Maine (USM), northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service. 
 

Grant Description  

The grant supports the ongoing work of the Lead Community Partner, Portland Empowered, in Portland ME. PE will continue to build the voice and power of parents from marginalized groups to ensure they have a seat at district decision making tables.  

12/20/2018 $45,000 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand University of Southern Maine-Muskie School of Public Service

University of Southern Maine-Muskie School of Public Service   

The University of Southern Maine (USM), northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service. 
 

Grant Description  

The grant supports the ongoing work of the Lead Community Partner, Portland Empowered, in Portland ME. PE will continue to build the voice and power of parents from marginalized groups to ensure they have a seat at district decision making tables

12/20/2018 $45,000 Portland ME
Develop Effective Systems Designs Center for Collaborative Education

Center for Collaborative Education  

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. They believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools. 
 

Grant Description 

This project focuses on strengthening RI’s Revised Secondary School Regulations through the Early Adoption of Multiple Pathways, an initiative to work with 10 RI high schools to create model multiple pathways to attaining a proficiency- and performance assessment-based diploma. 

12/20/2018 $50,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand The BioBuilder Educational Foundation

The BioBuilder Educational Foundation 

BioBuilder’s overarching goal is to reconnect individuals with their love of learning. Too often education – especially in science and engineering -- dampens curiosity by emphasizing rote learning and providing only rare opportunities for individual creativity. BioBuilder’s approach empowers all learners to be agents of change. Their value comes from teaching anyone and everyone to recognize local issues and apply synthetic biology to solve them. 
 

Grant Description  
BioBuilderClub is an afterschool "FIRST robotics"-like club for teachers and students. The BioBuilderClub culminates with a Final Assembly in March so each team can publicly share their progress. Teams are attracted to the club’s flexible and collaborative environment, the chance to present and publish their projects, and the 1:1 mentoring they receive from practicing bioengineers. The Final Assembly features electronic poster sessions so teams can detail their own projects and engage in meaningful scientific conversation with other BioBuilderClub students, teachers, mentors, and supporters from the local scientific community. 

12/20/2018 $5,000 Cambridge MA
Presidents Prison Book Program

Prison Book Program 

Prison Book Program mails free books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. We also aim to provide a quality volunteer experience that introduces citizens to issues surrounding the American prison system and the role of education in reforming it. 
 

Grant Description  

Prisoners from across the country may write to request free reading material. Throughout the year over 600 volunteers work to read each letter and match the request from a library of thousands of donated books. Books are then packaged and mailed to the prisoners. The simple act of reading allows a person to become better educated and more literate, preparing them with knowledge and skills for life outside. 

12/20/2018 $10,000 Quincy MA
Presidents Thompson Island Outward Bound

Thompson Island Outward Bound 

Through their partnership with Boston’s public schools, each year thousands of students board the Thompson Island Outward Bound ferry to discover who they are and all they can become on an island classroom that spans 204 acres of salt marshes, woods, campsites, labs, dormitories and dozens of challenge structures.  

 

Grant Description 

Connections provides a progressively more challenging sequence of field experiences over three or four school years. During the critical middle school years, a Connections student will spend at least 12 days on the Island in various combinations of day programs and overnights, practicing field science and engaging in outdoor challenge. 

12/20/2018 $25,000 Boston MA
Presidents Genders and Sexualities Network

Genders and Sexualities Network 

GSA organizations serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth to build awareness and community as well as prevent discrimination and harassment in schools, and are emerging as vehicles for deeper social change that extends beyond individual schools. Trans and queer youth are building their power through GSA organizing and connecting to state and national campaigns on a variety of issues that affect all students across the country. 
 

Grant Description 

The People's Think Tank serves as the educational justice movement's body of experts, and it will also serve as an agitating connection point for cross movement building. It will draw from the collective knowledge gained from years of work organizing, intersectionality, cross sector and cross movement. 

12/20/2018 $50,000 Oakland CA