Our programs help to equip low-income children to succeed in school, help homeless families obtain permanent housing, assist low-income working families with purchasing refurbished vehicles, teach unemployed HOC residents the necessary skills for success in the job market, transition foster youth to independent living and increase the financial self-sufficiency of low-income motivated families.

Over the last two years we successfully conducted afterschool Kids’ STEM clubs and summer day camps, which brought robotics activities and instruction to more than 150 elementary to middle school aged children. These children, who are at-risk of underperforming in school because of socio-economic factors, demonstrate sincere excitement about STEM subjects in school because of these programs. They show a greater interest in school and ultimately in pursuing STEM in higher education and careers. 

Also, collaborating with the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) and thanks to competitive grant funding, Community Partners helped more than 200 low-income working families purchase refurbished vehicles propelling them to greater self-sufficiency. Community Partners has helped 300 homeless families obtain stable, permanent housing. We have provided job search, life and soft skills training services to hundreds of adults helping many of them to secure employment. Furthermore, we have empowered 30 low-income families to open an individual development account matching their savings so they can purchase a home, pursue education and/or start a small business. Also, 17 foster youth successfully transitioned into independence and are still in stable housing.

In brief:
Kids’ STEM After-School Program
The Kids’ STEM Program provides after-school robotics training sessions twice weekly at three subsidized housing sites for low-income families. Trained robotics instructors teach at-risk, STEM-deprived, students the basics of coding, engineering, and computer programming, using evidence-based curriculum such as the Lego Education and others. Participants create First Lego League Expo quality presentations and prepare for informal competitions.

STEM Summer Day Camps
Community Partners, Inc. in collaboration with HOC, will bring STEM activities in robotics to 60 low-income youth during two-week day camps in the summer of 2018. At three HOC subsidized housing communities (TBD), the Kids’ STEM Summer Program will offer robotics to students from grades 1-8. The program will run four hours a day, five days a week for two weeks. Teachers with specialties in STEM will conduct hands-on activities following the LEGO®  robotics curricula. Participants will work in pairs with  their own robotics kit. On Friday of each camp week, participants will travel to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore and the National Building Museum in Washington DC for hands-on activities and special exhibits to see STEM in action.

Housing Counseling Plus Program which provides assistance to homeless families with meeting their move in costs, thereby obtaining stable permanent housing and to formerly chronic homeless individuals with maintaining their housing during the first 12-24 months of housing stabilization.

The Driving Toward Success program helps low-income working families obtain reconditioned used vehicles at a nominal cost, which, greatly expands their employment and educational options.

The Saving for a Better Tomorrow IDA program, a financial literacy and assets building program that equips low-income households to pursue homeownership opportunities, to create small businesses and to increase their post-secondary education.