• Business Volunteers Maryland’s PENCIL Partnership Program

    In 2011 Business Volunteers developed the PENCIL* (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement and Leadership) Program with a goal of helping to strengthen Baltimore City Public Schools and improve student achievement by developing and supporting long-term partnerships between businesses and public schools.

    Our PENCIL Program builds and supports customized relationships between private sector partners and public school leaders to meet school needs and increase student achievement. Our five partnership focus areas are:

    • School leadership
    • School infrastructure
    • Family engagement
    • Student engagement
    • College & career readiness

    Currently, Business Volunteers supports 13 active partnerships between various City Schools and businesses in the greater Baltimore area through the PENCIL program.

    A+ Boards for Schools

    We are excited to announce the launch of a new phase of the PENCIL program, the creation of Advisory, or A+ Boards for Schools. Through a partnership with the LEADERship and the generous support of Legg Mason, Business Volunteers will support schools in the creation of A+ Boards in City Schools.

    Each A+ Board will consist of 5 or more professionals who are willing to lend their unique skills, talents and experience. A+ Boards will work with school leaders and key staff to achieve programmatic and strategic goals aligned with the mission of the school