$25,000 / Fall 2017
Jamal Jones, Co-Director
The Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) is a youth-run and youth-led organization that tackles math illiteracy and seeks to empower youth within the city school system, using the principles of the National Algebra Project, to develop math literacy and youth employment to create an economic base for organizing against oppression. The organization has developed a strong reputation for effectiveness both in improving educational outcomes for its students and representing the interests of Black youth. Black youth in Baltimore run the organization through office management, outreach, campaign strategy development and training young people on youth organizing and leadership development. Over the last year, BAP has successful fought for the expanded District use of the BAP School Police Report Card on school discipline accountability and for the passing of local legislation to establish a $12 million youth fund. Part of the funds will go to youth employment. Hazen’s renewal grant of $25,000 will support BAP’s ongoing campaigns to demand universal youth employment, end the overuse of standardized testing and to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.