The Blue Ribbon Project

 The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are committed to both the prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and as a support network for survivors of Child Abuse, Foster Care, and Child Sexual Assault.

We offer several programs that directly serve abused and neglected children, raise public awareness about child abuse, and programs serving adult survivors of child abuse. 

Welcome To The Blue Ribbon Project...

Each year, there is an estimated 3.4 million referrals of child abuse and neglect that are reported to Child Protective Services. There are an estimated 686,000 children that are the victims of child abuse and neglect each year. This number is staggering... and unacceptable.

The Blue Ribbon Project was formed to assist children who are the victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as adult survivors of child abuse. The affects of child abuse and neglect last a lifetime and continue even when the abuse ends. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is 100% volunteer supported and directly serves the community. We are currently serving Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Charles County, Queen Anne's County, and Kent County. We are in the process of expanding to other counties in Maryland (and beyond).

On our website, you will find a variety of resources, articles, and several programs offered by The Blue Ribbon Project that directly serve children who are the victims of child abuse and neglect. You will also find articles and resources for adult survivors who are struggling with the long term effects of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields who are all tied together due to child abuse and it's long term effects. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us.

We all have an obligation to stand up for the rights of children and to be their voice where it matters.

Our Programs

In support of child victims of Child Abuse and adult Survivors of Child Abuse, The Blue Ribbon Project offers a variety of programs that directly impact the community. These programs include:

 

Aging Up...Not Out:  This program supports older foster youth as they are preparing for life on their own and will be leaving the foster care system. This program offers a variety of life skills topics that include such things as managing finances, purchasing a vehicle, finding housing, applying for and interviewing for employment, as well as other life skills. These courses are free to foster youth aged 14 and above. Seating is limited and registration is required for each program. Read more... 

Backpacks of Love: This program supports victims of child abuse and neglect the moment they are being removed from a dangerous enviroment. Oftentimes, the child is lacking the very basic essentials such as a toothbrush/toothpaste, a change of clothes, etc. The moment a child is removed, The Blue Ribbon Project is notified by Department of Social Services, the Police, or the foster parent receiving the child. A backpack containing those essentials is delivered directly to the child. This gets them through the first few days of care. Read more...

Foster Friends:The Foster Friends Program helps children in care explore extra curricular activities and provides opportunities not normally afforded to them. If a foster child wishes to participate in programs such as soccer, Taekwondo, play a music instrument, take ballet, or other activities, The Blue Ribbon Project will sponsor the child and help enroll and pay for the child to participate. Read more...

Speak Up...Speak Out:  One of the best ways to fight child abuse is the prevention of abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project has several speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the topic of child abuse. From law enforcement investigators that speak about recognition of abuse to adult survivors of abuse who share their stories. Read more... 

JobConnect: This program helps connect foster youth with prospective employers by assisting with employment searches, job applications, and working with both the youth and the employer. It helps older foster youth get a fresh start in the job market to master the important skills needed in life. Read More...

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday, August 29th-Speak Up...Speak Out (6pm): In our mission to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect, we'll be featuring our next Speak Up...Speak Out program. Read More...


Sunday, September 4th (11am to 1pm)-Core Team Training and Volunteer Orientation: A training program for frequent volunteers to assist with Backpacks of Love Volunteer Days. Read More...


Sunday, September 4th (1pm to 4pm) Volunteer Day: Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting donations and building Backpacks of Love. Read More...

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Volunteer Coordinator Needed!

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The Blue Ribbon Project is currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator! This is a great opportunity to help The Blue Ribbon Project develop a new volunteer program from the ground up. To learn more about htis position, please --CLICK HERE--

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