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. 

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The Blue Ribbon Project is currently seeking dedicated individuals to be a part of it's Leadership Team and work specifically with our Backpacks of Love Program. Backpacks of Love are backpacks that contain emergency essentials for children who have to be removed from an abusive or neglectful environment. Backpacks of Love are age and gender specific and cover newborns to 17 years of age. A Backpack of Love is delivered to the child when they are being removed for their safety and prior to entering a foster home or placement. 

The Blue Ribbon Project uses a short registration process to assign a registrant to a particular "group" to our website. This "group" is  dependent on what one's role is and what information one is seeking. Please choose from the below list the "group" that best defines your role. It's important to note that a registrant can also be part of multiple groups. Please see the bottom of this page for instructions on joining multiple groups. 


 

Volunteer:

If you wish to register as a volunteer, please use this form. Once registered, you will receive updates to upcoming volunteer days and other volunteer events. Additionally, when you are registered, you can easily sign up for for a volunteer day by logging in.

--Volunteer Registration Form--


 Foster Parent:

Foster Parents should register using this form. When registered for this group, you will receive updates that are specific to foster parents, guardians, as well as foster youth. These updates may include such things as events, training, presentations, as well events that foster youth may attend.

--Foster Parent Registration Form--


 Foster Youth:

If you are a Foster Youth, please use this registration form. When registered for this group, you will receive updates specific to foster youth. These updates may include such things as our Aging Up...Not Out programs, events, holiday or Foster Youth parties, and other events.

--Foster Youth Registration Form--


 Court Appointed Special Advocate:

Please use this form if you are a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Users within this group will receive updates specific to CASA's. These updates may include such things as special events, training, presentations, holiday and Foster Youth parties and events (to attend with your assigned youth) as well as other events

--Court Appointed Special Advocate Registration Form--


Newsletter:

If you wish to subscribe to our general newsletter about news, upcoming events, training, presentations, or other public events, please use this form:

--Newsletter Registration--


Blue Ribbon Project General User Registration:

This group is for those that do not fit in the above listed categories. Members of this group will receive updates for special events, public training, presentations, volunteer opportunities, and other general information. Members of this group will also be able to use special features on our website such as posting on our forum.

--Blue Ribbon Project User Profile Registration Form--


As mentioned earlier, a registrant can be part of multiple groups. For example, perhaps you are a Court Appointed Special Advocate but would also like to register as a volunteer. You can do so by first registering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Once registered and logged in, please visit the Volunteer Registration form. When you are logged in, this form will be pre-populated with your information. Just hit the submit button and you will be added to the extra group. 

 The Blue Ribbon Project desperately needs your help!  As you may know, our Backpacks of Love program serves abused and neglected children in our community by providing them emergency essentials the moment they have to be removed from an abusive or dangerous environment. These Backpacks of Love truly make a difference in a child's life by offering them hope and comfort as they are going through a very traumatic time in their life. While we regularly receive great donations to support this program, we are constantly running short on necessary clothing items to meet the need of youth and children entering care. It's difficult to think that we can't always meet the needs to help these youth. This is where we need your help. At the moment, we desperately need clothing items to go into our Backpacks of Love.

Thank You for registering with our website. With your registration, you can easily sign up to volunteer or to join in on any of our events. You will receive an e-mail that with a pending "Subscription". Please follow the directions in the e-mail to verify your registration. Thank You for being a part of The Blue Ribbon Project.

The Blue Ribbon Project is currently seeking dedicated individuals to be a part of it's Leadership Team. The Blue Ribbon Project Leadership Team participates in a variety of events and works to support our mission in helping abused and neglected children in our community. It is the Leadership Team that guides the organization and works in the daily operations of our various programs.

volunteeringVolunteering is an incredible important part of our society and affords people the opportunity to really give back to their community and make a huge difference in the lives of others. Since the founding of The Blue Ribbon Project, that "community approach" to supporting children in our community who are neglected and abused has been an important principle.  The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer organization, even up to the executive director. It is the hard work of volunteers that truly make a difference in the lives of children and we need your help to continue to build and to further our mission to help these kids. Through this hard work by volunteers, The Blue Ribbon Project has grown from one county in Maryland to covering multiple counties in Maryland. 

The Blue Ribbon Project currently has an opening for a Volunteer Coordinator. This volunteer position plays an important role in our organization by helping to manage others that wish to volunteer for The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a great opportunity to help build our volunteer program from the "ground up". The Volunteer Coordinator position, while volunteer, would be the same as a Management or Leadership position. The Volunteer Coordinator works very closely with other members of The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a team effort and you would be a big part of that team. We all support each other to further the mission of assisting these children in our community. We also know that life happens and it’s oftentimes difficult fill a fully volunteer position. We will work with you on a flexible, as needed, basis.

Please take a moment to look at the attached Volunteer Coordinator job description sheet.  Interested candidates should complete a Volunteer Leadership (Level 2) application (link below). Additionally, interested candidates should submit a resume by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Additionally, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to e-mail us. 

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 youth in Foster Care, adult survivors of child abuse and child sexual assault. The realities of child abuse is not an easy subject and it takes a special person to work in this field. It isn’t for everyone (and that’s OK). Our staff members, including the Volunteer Coordinator, must have a strong passion for the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project.\

Volunteer Coordinator Job Description Sheet

Volunteer Leader (Level 2) Application

 

 

Thank You for your support of The Blue Ribbon Project and offering to volunteer. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail. We recommend you register for our website (if you haven't done so). We regularly send out e-mails with volunteer opportunities as they arise or upcoming events. We also post these upcoming "Volunteer Days" on our website and announce them on our Facebook page. With your website registration, you can easily sign up for opportunities by logging in. Thank You again for your support and for being a part of The Blue Ribbon Project! 

First name of the foster child
 
Last name of the Foster Child:
 
 
 
Enter the name of the primary Department of Social Services Worker
 
If the foster child has a Court Appointed Special Advocate, please enter the CASA's name.
 
 
 

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.

Please take a moment to visit the FosterLink website at www.fosterlink.org

 

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  The Blue Ribbon Project serves abused and neglected children, as well as foster youth, in various counties and communities across the state of Maryland. The above counties marked in blue are counties in which we are currently active. The counties highlighted in red are counties in which we are working with county agencies and will be launching soon in that county.

 

Currently, we serve:

  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Partnerships with Annapolis Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, and Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA))
  • Baltimore County, Maryland (Partnerships with Baltimore County Department of Social Services and Baltimore County Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit)
  • Calvert County, Maryland (Partnership with Calvert County Department of Social Services)
  • Carroll County, Maryland (Partnership with Carroll County Department of Social Services)
  • Charles County, Maryland (Partnerships with La Plata Police Department, Charles County Sheriff's Department, Charles County Department of Social Services, and Charles County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA))
  • Harford County, Maryland (Partnerships with Harford County Sheriffs Office, Harford County Department of Social Services, Harford County States Attorney's Office, and the Harford County Child Advocacy Center)
  • Kent County, Maryland (Partnerships with Kent County Department of Social Services and Kent County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Prince Georges County, Maryland (Partnership with Prince Georges County Department of Social Services)
  • Queen Anne's County, Maryland (Partnership with Queen Anne's County Department of Social Services)
  • St. Mary's County, Maryland (Partnerships with St. Mary's County Department of Social Services and St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department)
  • Washington County, Maryland (Partnerships with Washington County Department of Social Services
  • Wilson County, Tennessee (Through a partnership with The Keith Edmonds Foundation. Keith Edmonds, a survivor himself, has worked tremendously to serve abused and neglected children in Wilson County Tennessee and it's great to be working with him in ensuring that youth entering care have all of the essentials they need.)

 

We are expanding to other counties in Maryland (and beyond). If you would like to see our programs offered in your county, please contact us. In order for our programs to be successful, it takes a partnership between us, The Department of Social Services in that particular county, and oftentimes various law enforcement agencies. With these partnerships, we can continue to grow and serve these youth.

    

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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

 

May 31st, 2017 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM . Aging Up...Not Out: Certified Financial Planner Wendy Moyers presents critical financial lifeskills for Foster Youth Read More...


June 11th, 2017 1:00 PM through 4:00 PM . Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers get together to sort donations and build Backpacks of Love Read More...


 June 22nd,  2017 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM . Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers get together to sort donations and build Backpacks of Love Read More...


June 24th, 2017 10 AM through 2 PM. Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Would you recognize the signs of child abuse? It's not always as easy at it seems.  Read More...

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Join The Blue Ribbon Project Leadership Team

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The Blue Ribbon Project is currently seeking a interested individuals who wish to become involved with our Backpacks of Love program and being a part of our "Leadership Team". The Leadership Team is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project and help move the organization forward.  To learn more about this great opportunity, please --CLICK HERE--

 

 

 

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