Office of the United States Attorney
District of Maryland
Anti-Gang Strategy Discretionary Awards
Period of Performance: June 1, 2009 thru June 30, 2010
Baltimore City – Womb Works Productions
Program Abstract: funding is provided to support a gang prevention initiative targeting youth in middle and high schools in Baltimore City public school system through a summer program and after-school program that develops creative/artistic skills in the youth participants through the development of theater projects.
Program Contact: Rashida Forman-Bey, Program Director tel. (410) 338-0265, email
Program Abstract: Funding is for a gang prevention strategy for youth in Hagerstown supporting martial arts fees, YMCA activity fees and transportation costs for targeted at risk youth. The Martial Arts Program has sponsored children, ranging in age from pre-adolescent to 16 years. A mentoring weekend/camping trip has been part of the program using transportation funded by the USAO-MD award.
The Martial Arts Program has also involved parents of the youth participants fostering stronger relationships and bond between children and parents. The participation of the parents is not funded by the grant but is in-kind support through the Martial Arts Program.
Program contact: Agt. Todd Dunkle, Gang Unit, tel. (301) 223-2632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard County PD
Program Abstract: Funding is provided for a youth anti-gang prevention program by establishing a Mobile Police Athletic league (PAL) with the purchase of sports equipment, equipment trailer, police overtime & training, printing, program tees, awards and a gang tip line. The Mobile PAL Program targets elementary and middle school youth and is supervised by Howard County PD SRO’s and sets up on a rotating basis at five (5) community sites; two middle schools, 2 county parks and a county library, each site operating 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Program includes basketball, flag football, board games (i.e. chess), baseball and electronic games
Program Contact: Lt. Jim Marshall, Youth Services Division Commander, tel. (410) 313-6084, email Jmarshall@howardcountymd.gov
Prince George’s County - Latin American Youth Center
Program Abstract: Funding was provided for support of a gang prevention program in Prince George’s County public school system, serving Langley Park, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Riverdale and Beltsville. Specifically, USAO-MD grant funds support a case worker and in-school coordinator to access and track governmental and non-governmental services for youth participants with an emphasis on older youth in high school. The program was implemented in three (3) Prince George County high schools.
Program Contact: Melba Calderon, MSW, tel. (301) 431-3121, ext 28 or email
University of Maryland – Public Safety, Training & Technical Assistance
Program Abstract: Funds are provided to hire a School Outreach Coordinator. This position will develop, promote and provide gang and gun violence prevention/intervention programs to schools in Maryland. Activities include; identifying training needs by communication with school systems, law enforcement and communities, establishing appropriate curriculums, identifying and acquiring qualified instructors and instruct the program as needed.
Program Contact: Vince DeVivo, School Outreach Coordinator, tel. 410-209-4842, email: Vince.Devivo@usdoj.gov