Grant to support maker and computer science education opportunities for Baltimore youth in the out-of-school time and educator professional development.
BALTIMORE (January 17, 2019) — On the 6th Anniversary of opening the Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) Tech Center in the former South Baltimore Rec Center, the Digital Harbor Foundation announced a multi-year commitment of $450,000.00 to support DHF’s ongoing initiatives and aid in efforts to expand its reach.
“The Weinberg Foundation has been a key partner from the very beginning of our work,” said Andrew Coy, Executive Director of the Digital Harbor Foundation. “This multi-year commitment allows us to act immediately on the core threads outlined in our new strategic plan which are focused on extending opportunities to even more Baltimore youth. Specifically, it will allow us to grow our team, make structural updates to several of our programs, and create new ways for youth to participate in our programs.”
As highlighted in the 2018 Annual Report, DHF’s impact has grown from a single afterschool program to now serving 1,250 youth from 37 Baltimore-area zip codes in a variety of out-of-school-time programs and special events with another 2,678 community members attending our special events. Additionally, DHF’s Center of Excellence for Innovation in Technology Education supports educators from around the country as they incorporate technology education in their learning environments through in-person workshops, online professional development, and individualized consulting. In 2018, 241 educators attended DHF’s in-person workshops (having an indirect impact on 38,505 youth from around the country) with 1,339 educators using Blueprint, DHF’s online educator resources which includes getting started guides, project ideas, online courses, and digital guides.
The announcement was made alongside a number of other public releases including the launch of free field-trip opportunities for Baltimore City Public Schools, shift in summer programs to full-day camps, new educator professional development opportunities, and naming of Darius McCoy to the role of Tech Center Director at Digital Harbor Foundation’s flagship location.
About the Digital Harbor Foundation
The Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF), a non-profit organization located in Baltimore City, is dedicated to fostering innovation, tech advancement, and entrepreneurship by helping youth develop digital age skills through maker and computer science education. In 2013, DHF reopened the closed South Baltimore Rec Centers as the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, a youth-centric makerspace and in 2016 launched the Center of Excellence for Innovation in Technology Education. Learn more at digitalharbor.org
About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of vulnerable people and families experiencing poverty. In 2019, the Foundation will provide approximately $125 million in grants to nonprofits that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. The Foundation’s priority communities include Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaii, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Rural Communities (primarily surrounding other priority communities). The Foundation’s trustees include Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Board Chair; Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.); Paula B. Pretlow; and Gordon Berlin. Rachel Garbow Monroe continues to serve as President and CEO. For more information, please visit www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.