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The Blue Ribbon Project

 The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Anne Arundel County, 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...

The Blue Ribbon Project's Mission is the prevention of all forms of child abuse and provides critical support to victims of abuse and neglect. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is 100% volunteer supported and directly serve abused and neglected children right here in our community. We are currently serving 12 counties within the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. 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. Your support is needed in order to serve and help these kids.

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...

Mirah's Closet: Mirah's Closet, a Foster Closet Program offered by The Blue Ribbon Project, provides FREE clothing and other essential items to children who are in foster care. We provide school uniforms, play clothes, pajamas, new underwear, outer clothing, and seasonal items such as coats and bathing suits. We also work to fill other needs of youth in foster care (such as housewares for youth aging out of the foster care system and moving out on their own). All of the items offered by Mirah's closet are mostly new items with the exception of some gently used items. Mirah's Closet provides each family a one on one, boutique style shopping experience where the foster child has a choice in what they would like to keep. 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...

FosterLink: In it's continuing mission to support foster youth, we have launched a separate website called FosterLink. FosterLink is an on-line community comprised of foster youth, former foster youth, as well as various professionals from the community. You'll find a wealth of information and resource articles on a variety of personal topics. Read More...

Members & Volunteers

Upcoming Events

 

September 8t2:00pm to 4:00pm: Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers come in to help sort donations and build Backpacks of Love. More Info 


September 28th 9:00am to 1pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for professionals. More Info


October 13th 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers come in to help sort donations and build Backpacks of Love. More Info


November 10th 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers come in to help sort donations and build Backpacks of Love. More Info


December 8th 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers come in to help sort donations and build Backpacks of Love. More Info

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