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MAEC provides youth leadership development through our two 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) projects which focus on academics, enrichment, character education, college/career readiness, STEM, and mentorship. The 21st CCLCs enables youth to work collaboratively with families, school staff, and community leaders to increase academic achievement and address challenges they face in their daily lives. Youth participate in project based learning, mentorship opportunities, and civic engagement to provide a platform for their concerns and highlight solutions within the communities they reside.


Achievement Linking Innovation, Vision, and Engagement  (ALIVE)

MAEC works with secondary schools to develop proposals for a 21st CCLC grants to fund out-of-school time programs. Our programs deliver academics, enrichment, STEM, mentoring, character education, arts, and family literacy programming to high-need students in a culturally responsive and supportive environment.

Community Resource Mapping

Since best solutions and ideas often arise within the communities in which our schools are located, our key stakeholders include: districts, schools, communities, and families. Together they are seeking to increase student achievement while building a cadre of future leaders.  Using a strengths-based approach for asset mapping, MAEC conducts community walks and community resource mapping to identify potential strategic partners for effective and efficient delivery of services. This process includes attention to alignment between district and school priorities so, together, partners can build the social and human capital that will help students and staff thrive.

Educational/Cultural Field Trips for Youth and Families

MAEC works with schools to develop educational/cultural field trips for youth and families that promote college and career readiness, STEM and civic responsibility. Examples of previous trips include: visits to colleges/universities such as Bowie State University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University; the Congressional Black Caucus,  the Apollo Theatre, the National College Fair and the Independence Seaport Museum of Philadelphia.

ALIVE @ Dunbar High School (Baltimore City Public Schools)

ALIVE @ Dunbar High School provides 75 students in grades 9-12 with the opportunity to participate in Math and English academic tutoring, STEM, college and career readiness, character education, service learning, youth development, hands-on job training, and other enrichment activities. Families are engaged through author talks, parent/child cultural field trips resource fairs, and workshops designed to meet the needs of the community. ALIVE@ Dunbar proudly partners with: African American Tourism Council, Empowerment Temple Church, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Nursing, Junior Achievement, Kiamsha/Pen or Pencil, and Science Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace (SEMAA) at Morgan State University to provide a dynamic program for our students. This 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education.

ALIVE @ Thurgood Marshall Middle School (Prince George’s County Public Schools)

ALIVE @ TMMS provides 100 students in grades 6-8 with academic support, STEM, chess, character education, mentoring, arts, college/career readiness, health and fitness, and academic tutoring in a project based environment. Families of ALIVE students are also offered opportunities to learn about community resources, financial literacy, receive free GED/ESOL classes, and build strong partnerships with ALIVE and TMMS staff to support their children's education. ALIVE proudly partners with District Heights Family & Student Services, Kiamsha/Pen or Pencil, St. Stephen's Church, Community of Hope Church, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Glassmanor/Oxon Hill Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, and Prince George's Community college to provide a robust variety of enrichment opportunities for students and families. This 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Post Image Building Relationships for Student Success

  Part of CEE’s Exploring Equity Issues series, this paper discusses the importance of building relationships with students in schools, classrooms, and out-of-time school programs. It also provides principles and practices that educators have used to build positive relationships and school cultures.

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Post Image Identity and African American Youth

This piece, part of the Addressing Critical Equity Issues series, discusses the importance of sustaining positive influences during the adolescence of African American and provides best practices on how this can be done.

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