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Posted on: July 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] The TNI Fund for Community Innovation Awards $142,000 to Nonprofits

The Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation Awards $142,000 to Nonprofits Serving the County

UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND – Yesterday, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, was joined by Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools, to recognize nine nonprofit organizations that received a total of $142,000 in grant funding from the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation, a component fund managed by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Prince George’s County. To watch video of this event, please go to To access photos from this event, please go to

Established in 2014 by the Office of the Prince George's County Executive and Prince George’s County Public Schools, the TNI Fund provides general operating, program funding and capacity building support to community-based organizations providing quality free and/or affordable out-of-school programming for youth and families living in Prince George’s County’s TNI communities of Langley Park, East Riverdale/Bladensburg, Kentland/Palmer Park, Suitland/Coral Hills, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights, and Glassmanor/Oxon Hill.

“At the center of the success of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) are the relationships developed between the government, community-based organizations and community members. We understand that in order to successfully address the needs of our communities requires a partnership between the government and community-based organizations,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “These organizations will receive various supports needed to allow them to continue and expand the services and programs they provide to strengthen our communities.”

The goal of the TNI Fund is to support nonprofit organizations committed to fostering positive outcomes for youth, ages 0-18, and families in the Prince George’s County’s TNI communities by supporting education for youth including: literacy, early learning, college and career readiness and other enrichment activities that promote and assist in improving academic achievement; recreational activities that are offered in a safe and nurturing environment and encourage wellness, conflict resolution, violence prevention, and family engagement; and life skill activities that provide exposure to career and leadership development and civic engagement opportunities that foster responsible citizenship.

“It is important for academic success and achievement that the lessons taught in the classroom are reinforced at home and in the community,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell. “Our nonprofits and community partners help us expand and strengthen the lessons taught in the classroom. I am pleased that through the TNI Fund, these nine organizations will be able to continue to provide services and programs for the youth and families in the community.”

The selected organizations underwent a rigorous review process to determine their organizational and programmatic capabilities. The highly competitive selection process included a formal review and evaluation by a committee comprised of local community leaders representing government, private and nonprofit sectors. Final decisions were approved by the Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

“The TNI Fund is a clear demonstration of the value of partnerships between the public sector and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families, particularly in our most vulnerable communities.” said Desiree Griffin-Moore, Executive Director of The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County. “These resources also allow our extremely dedicated nonprofit organizations to build and sustain their effectiveness while fostering positive outcomes for Prince George’s County youth.”

A total of $218,500 has been granted to 11 organizations through the TNI Fund since its inception. The TNI Fund aims to support organizations in order to provide an array of educational services for youth residing in targeted communities. The following is a complete list of the 2015 and 2016 TNI Fund grantee award recipients:

100 Black Men of Prince George's County
Upper Marlboro, MD
2016 Award: $10,000 to support the Silicon 100 Program in Suitland, which will ensure students have internet access, learn coding and technology, and start to think about digital entrepreneurship

2015 Award: $5,000 to continue the Well Rounded Young Men program for youth to focus on education, community engagement, economic development and health & wellness in Suitland and Bladensburg

Community Builders of Maryland
Fort Washington, MD
2015 Award: $9,000* to support summer and after-school programs to improve math and reading performance of students in the Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights and Glassmanor/Oxon Hill communities

Derek Anthony Moore Charity
Lanham, MD
2016 Award: $19,000* to serve youth from Bladensburg/East Riverdale and Kentland/Palmer Park with core services, including Kids to Kamp and the annual Conflict Resolution Workshop

2015 Award: $17,000* to support low-income families from the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative communities to participate in the Kids to Camp summer program

Empowerment Center
Cheverly, MD
2016 Award: $9,000* to support the After School program including comprehensive educational and wellness services for youth living in the Kentland/Palmer Park area

Family Restoration and Healing Center
Marlow Heights, MD
2016 Award: $19,000* to support workforce development, job readiness training and life skills support sessions for youth ages 15-18 and their families in the TNI communities

2015 Award: $19,000* to provide education, case management and counseling supportive services to youth to support securing employment, job training, or pursuing postsecondary education

Girls Excelling in Math and Science of Prince George's County
University Park, MD
2015 Award: $2,500 to support a weekly after-school science, engineering and mathematics enrichment program for middle schools girls in Langley Park and East Riverdale.

L.E.E.P. To College Foundation
Northwestern, Suitland and Oxon Hill High Schools
2016 Award: $19,000* to expand the reach of college readiness programs in Northwestern, Oxon Hill and Suitland High Schools

Men of Valor and Purpose
Suitland, MD
2016 Award: $18,000* to support STEM Sport Camp which will serve students in the Temple Hills, Suitland and Coral Hills districts to improve the cognitive skills, academic performance, behavior, and self-confidence

PTA Maryland Congress of Parent and Teachers dba Suitland High School PTSA
Suitland, MD
2016 Award: $10,000 to support the Rams Writing Center at Suitland High School

2015 Award: $5,000 to provide one-on-one tutoring services for Suitland High school students at risk of failing or not being able to graduate on time.

Strive to Tri
Fort Washington, MD
2016 Award: $18,000* to support the Splash & Dash Camp summer program which trains youth for a triathlon event to help increase their self-esteem while providing a healthy solution to combat and prevent childhood obesity.

Vine Corps
Cheverly, MD
2016 Award: $20,000* to provide students in Bladensburg/Riverdale and Kentland/Palmer Park with access to weekly study halls, which include educational remediation and college and career preparation, as well as other positive youth development opportunities.

2015 Award: $19,000* to provide students from Bladensburg and Kentland/Palmer Park with access to weekly study halls with educational remediation and college and career preparation


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