Enrich our Youth
Double funding for after-school programs to $10 million to give young people the chance to learn, play and explore.
Through Child First, BUILD has helped provide more than a thousand young people with after-school enrichment since 1996. Other city programs reach thousands more. It is not enough; every program has waiting lists, some ten schools long. Although national studies show after-school programs increase young people’s success in school academics and attendance and prevent youth violence, Baltimore continues to decrease funding for after-school programs each year.
“Child First after-school makes me want to go to school. I learn, have fun, and I know my teacher cares about me.”
One principal asked a student, “Where have you been? I have not seen you in my office all spring.” The student replied, “I know if I get sent to your office, I won’t be able to go to Child First.”