Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $2,550,000 in federal grantmaking for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Baltimore.
The funding, awarded though the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, will support the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program – a nationwide mentorship program that pairs at-risk youth with law enforcement, public safety and military mentors who participate in afterschool programs that help youth build life skills and make positive behavioral decisions.
“A positive role model can make all the difference in a child’s life,” the Members said. “The Badges for Baseball program recognizes that and takes it a step further by connecting at-risk youth with positive influences within their communities and motivating participants of the program to be successful on and off the field. We are proud to announce this award and to highlight the outstanding work of Maryland’s Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. We will continue to support opportunities to improve the lives of children across our state and our country.”
Administered by the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative provides funding to support mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen or expand their existing mentoring activities.