Take a look at the programs that we offer the Community

THE VILLAGE PANTRY – Woodside Gardens Apartments, Building 703, LowerLevel (established by the Resident Relations Coordinator, Mrs. Rita DorseyWashington– 410-841-8833), and managed by volunteers who are communityresidents). This pantry is a Community Support System focused on providing Food,Household Supplies, and Emergency Needs! Totally supported by Donations.

EXTENDED EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCES (Quad-E):Funded by Anne Arundel County Executive Community Support Grants administered by Arundel Community Development Services, Inc.; City of Annapolis, Office of Community Services; and Donations. Quad-E includes the following three (3)programs:

(1) Summer Enrichment Program – A full day of enrichment activities during 5-days a week for 6 to 8 weeks involving children and youth of Woodside GardensApartments, ages 4 to 15. The purpose of this program is to provide participants with asupervised safe-haven enriched educational and leisure time environment during out-of-school summer time. Program components include 1) healthy social interactions –including swimming, bowling, horseback riding, and field trips; 2) arts and crafts experiences; 3) Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) activities; 4)Community Gardening experiences; and 5) daily Reading and Writing experiences, including journaling

(2) Youth Development Program - weekly and monthly activities with Adolescents(ages 12 – 17) residing in Woodside Gardens Apartments, focused on Search Institute’s “40 Developmental Assets that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible”.

(3) Homework Haven – an out-of-school and after-school program, located in the community of Woodside Gardens Apartments, providing tutoring, homework assistance, and other educational enrichment experiences to help children be successful in school. The program currently focuses on elementary school students(K-5) who register and attend sessions after each school day (both full day or early dismissal days). Sessions are held in the newly constructed Community Center or in the Community Room located in Building 711, when more space is required.

The Homework Haven program is primarily supported by EP Church of Annapolis, who funds the Site Manager’s position, held by Mrs. Dorothea Abrims, a community resident; recruits program Volunteers; and provides program supplies. Program Volunteers also provide supplies. MORE VOLUNTEERS ARENEEDED AND WELCOME! APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS AREAVAILABLE BY CONTACTING either THE SITE MANAGER (Mrs. Abrims), ORTHE RESIDENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR FOR WOODSIDE GARDENSAPARTMENTS, Mrs. Rita Dorsey Washington at 410-841-8833.

BLACK WALL STREET YOUTH MENTORING Program - Funded by the Governor’s Office for Children through Anne Arundel County, AAC Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (The Local Management Board), and Donations.

Program focuses on providing mentors and/or other preventive/rehabilitative services and resources to at least 25 African American and Hispanic youth, aged 24 and under, residing in City of Annapolis subsidized housing communities and surrounding neighborhoods, who are currently, formerly or at risk for involvement with gang/criminal activity.

Actions of the program include the following:
(1) Recruit adult members to serve as mentors who a) are fingerprinted and receive a background check, and b) are provided training and then matched with an enrolled participant within 45 days;

(2) Implement a curriculum developed in alignment with the evidence-based National Gang Center strategic framework and related components as required;

(3) Provide additional training, educational and experiential opportunities including community volunteer opportunities, field trips, job training/shadowing, healthy choices, substance abuse prevention, gang prevention, etc.;

(4) Identify and Partner with other community-based programs/services to make appropriate referrals. Become knowledgeable of all programs and resources available.

(5) Monitor and track school progress, employment and/or employment training, and any and all opportunities for participants. Each participant’s behavior is tracked throughout the project period.