strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." The Foundation currently sponsors two afterschool programs that serve the City Springs community: the UA House at Fayette and the POWER House.
The Under Armour House at Fayette
serves over one hundred students daily with academic enrichment, health, sports and physical fitness education, and career development. The UA House at Fayette features a covered turf field (sponsored by the Baltimore Ravens), a tutoring center, a workforce development and entrepreneurship lab, a dance and yoga studio, a music education and recording studio, and a neighborhood kitchen.
The POWER House Community Center
offers year-round out-of-school time programming focused on five core areas: education and career development, civic development, health and life skills, the arts, and health and wellness. POWER is an acronym for Providing Opportunities to Work, Expand, and Rise. The POWER House community center is located directly in Perkins Homes, Baltimore's largest public housing community and the home of many City Springs families.
Mental Health Partnership
The goal of this partnership is to design and implement a comprehensive system of services for children and adolescents with or at risk for developing, behavioral and emotional problems. The school-based program was built on a program initiated in 1991 by the BCPSS and the City Health Department, which created funding mechanisms to place mental health clinicians in the schools.
The priorities of the program are:
- Provide direct and indirect services to reduce the impact of mental health
- Problems on school performance and attendance.
- Coordinate and supplement existing resources for children and their families.
- Build the capacity of systems to meet children’s mental health needs.
- Provide a consulting resource for teachers and other school personnel.
Families interested in receiving services from the school-based clinician at City Springs should call (410) 396-9168.
School-Based Health Clinic
We are fortunate to have at City Springs a School-Based Health Clinic through the Baltimore City Health Department. In order for your child to be serviced through the clinic, they must be members of the clinic. This means that you must complete the membership forms required. Every City Springs child should be a member of the Health Clinic.
Please be sure to complete and turn in the appropriate forms, so your child can receive the appropriate care from the Health Clinic if needed.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
The PTO was established to bridge the communication gap between the school and the parents. We are here to listen to all parent views, concerns, and suggestions. We are also here to provide information on school policies, input on budget, and other things that are going on in the school. Through us, parents are able to vote and have a voice. There are monthly meetings for parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators to communicate. The PTO also holds workshops on various topics throughout the year.
Please contact the PTO President at (410) 396-9168 if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, and if you want to become an active member of the PTO.
School, Family, Community Council
The School, Family, Community Council is a group made up of the Data Analysis Team members, a Charter School Operator Representative, two Parent Teacher Organization members, one student member, and two community members. All stakeholders are invited to give input for these monthly meetings. This group will play an active advisory role in the program and budget decision-making that will lead us to the realization of our vision.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps
is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.
The program places older adult volunteers in public elementary schools, training them to help meet the most important needs identified by principal and teachers. Experience Corps members place a special focus on helping City Springs improve student attendance and reading fluency and comprehension. We are grateful to have Exeperience Corps members as a part of our school community!
Holistic Life Foundation
Holistic Life Foundation
is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care, HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment.
At City Springs, HLF provides a mindfulness room where students practice breathing and meditation techniques. HLF also facilitates breathing breaks for classes throughout the day and teaches students to lead their classmates in daily breathing exercises.