Business Volunteers PENCIL Partnership Program
“I feel like this will be a great school year. It’s great to collaborate with engaged, spirited, and passionate people, and I’m energized by the volunteers’ willingness to lend their unique skills – both large and small – to support our teachers and students.”
Principal Patricia Burrell – North Bend Elementary Middle School
In 2011 Business Volunteers developed the PENCIL* (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement and Leadership) Program with a goal of helping to strengthen Baltimore City Public Schools and improve student achievement by developing and supporting long-term partnerships between businesses and public schools.
Our PENCIL Program builds and supports customized relationships between private sector partners and public school leaders to meet school needs and increase student achievement. Our five partnership focus areas are:
- School leadership
- School infrastructure
- Family engagement
- Student engagement
- College & career readiness
Currently, Business Volunteers supports 13 active partnerships between various City Schools and businesses in the greater Baltimore area through the PENCIL program.
School Business Partnerships
|Alexander Hamilton ES||BGE|
|Armistead Gardens EMS||State Farm|
|Benjamin Franklin HS||PricewaterhouseCoopers|
|City Springs ES||CareFirst|
|Comm. John Rodgers EMS||Transamerica|
|Francis Scott Key ES||M&T Bank|
|Highlandtown EMS #215||COPT|
|Maree G. Farring EMS||Under Armour, T. Rowe Price Foundation|
|National Academy Foundation School||Laureate|
|Westport Academy||M&T Bank|
|Wolfe Street Academy||JMI Equity|
A+ Boards for Schools
We are excited to announce the launch of a new phase of the PENCIL program, the creation of Advisory, or A+ Boards for Schools. Through a partnership with the LEADERship and the generous support of Legg Mason, Business Volunteers will support schools in the creation of A+ Boards in City Schools.
Each A+ Board will consist of 5 or more professionals who are willing to lend their unique skills, talents and experience. A+ Boards will work with school leaders and key staff to achieve programmatic and strategic goals aligned with the mission of the school.
A+ Advisory Boards
|Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood HS|
|Graceland Park / O’Donnell Heights EMS|
|Harlem Park EMS|
|North Bend EMS|
|Robert W. Coleman ES|
|Walter P. Carter EMS|
|Windsor Hills EMS|
Business Volunteers is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in contributing their time and talent as an A+ Advisory Board member. By volunteering to serve on an A+ Board, you will play a critical role in transforming Baltimore City Public Schools.
Get involved today! If you are interested in serving as an A+ Advisory Board member, please complete the online School Advisory Board Member Interest + Application Form or contact Geoff Stack, Manager of Business & Community Relations, 410-366-6030 x213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner Schools Needed
We welcome schools to apply to be considered for an A+ Board. In our first year we plan to work with just 10 schools, expanding to up to 50 over the next 3 years. To be considered for an A+ Board, school leaders and key staff members at partner schools will be required to:
- Complete an online application
- Participate in a follow-up interview (if selected for the pilot)
- Identify 2-3 focus projects for the 2016-17 school year
- Host and attend 6 meetings per year
If you are interested in creating an A+ Advisory Board at your school, please complete your online application by Friday, April 22, 2016.
For additional information, contact Geoff Stack, Manager of Business & Community Relations,
410-366-6030 x213 or email@example.com
*Business Volunteers is an affiliate member of PENCIL NYC, a program which pioneered the idea of improving student achievement by developing and supporting long-term partnerships between businesses and public schools.