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Good Neighbor Grant Recipients

2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS

The Bluemont Concert Series (Clarke, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties in Virginia) – A $20,000 grant will enable Bluemont’s Artists-in-Education Project to bring high-quality cultural and environmental enrichment programing to more than 3,500 K-12 students in the region. Folklorists, historians, musicians, storytellers and authors will collaborate with schools to present programs that enhance curriculum and bring excitement into the classroom.

First Star, Inc. (Fairfax County in Virginia; Prince George’s County in Maryland; and Washington, D.C.) – A $25,000 grant will support year-round enrichment and college access programming for approximately 23 highly motivated foster youth beginning in 8th grade. Students benefit from a four-week residential summer immersion program at George Washington University where they participate in college-level classes and attend seminars on financial planning, independent living, and the college application process. 

Loudoun Youth (Loudoun County, Virginia) – A $10,000 grant will provide 20 scholarships to outstanding low-income students in grades 10 to 12 enabling them to attend Leadership Loudoun Youth. During the one-week summer program, students enhance their skills in leadership, goal-setting and public speaking, and meet and learn from business and community leaders in the region.

Traveling Players Ensemble (Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties in Virginia; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; and Washington, D.C.) – A $25,000 grant will provide up to 20 scholarships for low- and moderate-income students in grades 5 through 12 to participate in this award-winning classical theater summer camp and winter classes. The rigorous curriculum allows students to participate in all aspects of theater, from set to stage, and includes plays by Shakespeare, Molière and the ancient Greeks.

Audubon Naturalist Society (Montgomery County, Maryland) – A $15,000 grant will enable 24 low- and moderate-income high school students with an interest in science careers to attend the Stream Science Academy, a 10-week hands-on, project-based, enrichment program in stream monitoring and conservation. Students will conduct independent research using ANS’ proprietary Creek Critters smartphone application to identify threats to local water quality and create action plans to educate fellow students on best practices for protecting our waterways.

826DC (Washington, D.C.) – A $20,000 grant will supportthe Young Author’s Book Project, which provides an intensive, one-year writing and publishing opportunity to approximately 50  students in grades 5-12. Through rigorous workshops, students learn about voice, form, and theme, create and refine their original works and participate in all aspects of publishing.

KIPP DC (Washington, D.C.) – A $35,000 grant will give 20 high-achieving seniors at KIPP DC College Preparatory the opportunity to participate in college-level English classes through the school’s unique Dual Enrollment program at Trinity Washington University. Taught by full-time Trinity professors over the course of the academic year, the course enhances college readiness and provides exposure to a college campus environment. 

2015 GRant RECIPIENTS

Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra (Loudoun, VA) – $35,000 to launch the Preparatory Retreat for Excellence in Performance—an exciting new program, which will offer 80 students advanced music instruction, performance opportunities, and the creation of an audition recordingto enable the LSYO to perform at a nationally recognized performing arts venue in 2016.

Center for Inspired Teaching (Washington, D.C.) – $35,000 will support the participation of 100 K-3 students in nationally and globally recognized inquiry-based program—Dive into Inquiry—a four-week summer exploration building creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking.

College Summit (Washington, DC) – $20,000 to lead two “App-a-thons” connecting over 33,000 low-income students and their educators in the DC region to college and career guidance through innovative online and mobile applications. 

School for Ethics and Global Leadership (Washington, DC) – $35,000 to create 12 new scholarships to eleventh-grade students to enroll in the intensive summer or semester-long program emphasizing leadership, ethical decision making, and international affairs.

Emerging Scholars (Alexandria, VA) – $27,000 to fully implement the newly developed curriculum for its seven-week summer program focusing on science, engineering, math, and arts (STEAM) for 45 5th and 6th grade students.

Castleton Festival (Northern Piedmont, VA) – $20,000 to bring world-class performing arts to 1,000 students, many from rural communities, inCastleton Alive, an educationally enriched arts program founded by the late Lorin Maazel, esteemed conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

Center for Student Opportunity (Washington Metropolitan Area) – $20,900 to hold six college workshops for first-generation college bound students and their families, and distribute its annual college guide to 52 high schools that serve the majority of low-income students.

College Access Fairfax (Fairfax, VA) – $10,870 to support the Financial Aid Champion Program, which provides FAFSA completion guidance to low-income students and parents at four high schools.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground (Loudoun, VA) – $35,000 to expand access to Extreme Journey, a two-week, experiential history-based summer camp to 100 additional middle school students in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.

2014 GRant RECIPIENTS

826DC (Washington, DC) -- $20,000 to support the Young Author’s Book Project to provide a year-long writing and publishing opportunity to approximately 50 DC public school students, which culminates in a published anthology of student work.

Bowen McCauley Dance (Arlington, VA) -- $15,000 to provide dance training to approximately 30 students in the 2014-15 academic year residency program at Arlington’s Kenmore Middle School and professional development workshops to teachers to integrate art in their classroom curriculum.

First Star Inc. Greater Washington Academy (Washington, DC) -- $25,000 to support approximately 30 students in First Star’s four-week residential summer immersion program at George Washington University. The program includes college-level coursework, intensive core academic classes, workshops, and more.

Higher Achievement Program Inc. (Washington, DC) -- $35,000 to support summer staff salaries and enrichment activities at HAP’s six summer academies in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, which serve 570 students in grades 5-8. The academy consists of advanced curriculum, field trips, high school transition and college preparation workshops, and high school and college visits.

Montgomery College Foundation - Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (Montgomery County, MD) -- $30,480 to support 50-75 ACES students in grades 9-12 identified as high-achieving and low-income by providing year-round interventions focused on college access and preparation and summer bridge programs focused on college survival skills, study habits, and time management skills. The grant will also allow Montgomery College to provide students with up to a $2,500 scholarship to attend Montgomery College in the 2014-15 academic years.

The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC) -- $30,000 to support the Museum’s Art Links: Museum-in-Residence program, which serves 60 teachers and 900 students and their families at three underserved DC public and public charter schools. The program includes teacher training, interactive museum visits, Young Artists exhibitions, family events, and transportation.

Washington Jesuit Academy (Washington, DC) -- $15,000 to support summer staff and enrichment activities for the school’s seven-week summer program for 90 students in grades 5-8. Students will receive rigorous academic instruction in core subjects and participate in a variety of enrichment activities.

Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (Washington, DC) -- $25,000 to fund salaries of staff who will work with 110 students mostly in elementary and middle school grades. Students will receive instruction and homework tutoring, in addition to professional tennis coaching. In the summer, students will participate in daily programming and compete in a national tennis tournament. WTEF was a Good Neighbor Grant recipient in 2012.

Young Playwrights’ Theater (Washington, DC) -- $10,000 to support the In-School Playwriting Program to bring professional teaching artists into high-poverty classrooms for 12 weeks to guide students in writing original plays, scenes, monologues and other dramatic works and see them performed by professional actors. In 2013-14, the program will serve 2,000 students in 67 classrooms at 21 schools in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. YPT was a Good Neighbor Grant recipient in 2012.

2013 GRant RECIPIENTS

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (Annandale, VA) -- $16,000 to support full or partial tuition scholarships for 30 to 40 musically talented, economically disadvantaged young people accepted into one of AYPO's four youth orchestras.

College Access Fairfax (Fairfax County, VA) -- $11,600 to support a Mobile Financial Aid Champion who will serve five high-need high schools by providing one-on-one financial aid assistance to 350 12th-graders and their parents.

CollegeTracks, Inc (Montgomery County, MD) -- $30,000 to provide college access services to students in two Montgomery County high schools, significantly increasing the likelihood that they will enroll in college and obtain a degree.

George Mason University Foundation (Fairfax, VA) -- $20,000 to the GMU School of Dance to provide financial assistance for 90 percent of the program cost to ten high school dancers from low-income families.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground (Loudoun County, VA) -- $20,000 to enable JTHG to offer scholarships to Loudoun County low- to moderate-income middle school students to participate in Extreme Journey Summer Camp, an immersive historical investigation of American history. Additionally, the grant will enable JTHG to expand the program to offer two camp sessions in summer 2013.

Living Classrooms (Washington, DC) -- $26,000 will allow Living Classrooms-National Capital Region to provide 75 middle school students from low-income Washington, DC, communities with unique in-class, outdoor, and on-the-water educational field experiences through a curriculum focused on teaching environmental sciences and exposing students to careers in STEM.

National Building Museum (Washington, DC) -- $30,000 to support the Museum’s four-week summer enrichment program, Investigating Where We Live (IWWL), which engages 35 Washington, DC, students in grades 7-11 in the creation of an exhibit based on their observations of a District neighborhood. Participants use photography, research, interviews, original artwork, and creative writing to inform and create a professional quality exhibition at the museum, which more than 25,000 members of the general public will view.

ReSET (Washington, DC) -- $20,000 to expand ReSET's Scientist in the Classroom program to establish four new partnerships with professional scientific organizations, recruit 16 additional scientists and engineers, and deliver six sessions of hands-on science experiments and classroom activities to 300 new students in the 2013-14 school year.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Washington, DC) -- $30,000 to support the Jazz in the Classroom program for Washington, DC, public schools. The program will offer professional instrument training and performance opportunities for 825 students in master classes and specialized lessons, customized consultation for band directors in three high schools, and professional development for teachers to deliver the National Jazz Curriculum to nearly 4,500 students ages 9-18.

2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS

The Dance Institute of Washington (Washington, DC) -- $35,000 to support the Positive Directions Through Dance program, which combines high-quality educational services and life skills with dance instruction. The program recruits low-income students, ages 4-18, for its after-school, Saturday, and summer programming.

Greenbrier Learning Center (Arlington, VA) -- $35,000 to expand the Learning ROCKS! Program, an intensive after-school and summer program which supports the academic success and social and emotional development of 60 third through fifth graders from low-income households in Arlington County.

Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC) (Washington, DC) -- $35,000 to support out-of-school chess instruction to 180 high-potential elementary and middle school students in 16 District of Columbia Public School sites during the 2012-13 school year. Taught by chess coaches, the Chess Challenge program develops critical thinking and problem solving acumen while instilling a sense of self-confidence, self-control, and patience.

Edu-Futuro (Fairfax County, VA) -- $30,000 to expand the Emerging Leaders Program into Fairfax County to provide yearlong comprehensive leadership development and college access counseling through workshops and one-on-one mentoring to 30 college-bound Latino high school students.

First Generation College Bound (Prince George’s County, MD) -- $23,580 for the College Retention program, which begins with counseling for high school seniors and continues educational counseling and career planning through college.

Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) (Washington, DC) -- $20,000 to fund 60 students in the Center for Excellence (CFE), an after school and summer program of intensive academic enrichment, tennis, and youth development for students in grades 1-12 in Washington, DC.

Passion for Learning (Silver Spring, MD) -- $15,000 to support 15 high-performing middle school students in the “Dig.Lit Scholars” after-school literacy and technology program. Through a series of creative projects, students will learn digital journalism as they produce websites, weblogs, e-zines, digital stories, podcasts, and short films. Guest instructors will include communications and technology professionals, writers, web developers, and film makers.

Young Playwrights’ Theater (Washington, DC) -- $10,000 to the In-School Playwriting Program, which brings professional teaching artists into classrooms in high poverty areas for 12 weeks to guide students writing original plays, scenes, monologues, and other dramatic works and then see them performed by professional actors.