Children & Youth Programs

Promoting academic success and personal growth, providing mentoring, and developing personal responsibility, self-esteem, and resiliency

In Southwest Baltimore:

  • By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave students from low-income families 2.5 to 3 years behind their peers.
  • Only 11% of 8th graders met or exceeded grade-level expectations in reading as measured by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers; less than 5% met or exceeded expectations in math.
  • Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out of school than middle income kids; 42% of high school students are chronically absent, a significant risk factor.

Paul’s Place offers:


41 elementary students

After-school program for students in first to fifth grades focused on academics, mentoring, enrichment, and social skills

SOCKS (Summer Outings and Camp for Kids)

41 elementary students

Eight week summer camp for students in first to fifth grades offering new experiences outside the neighborhood, reinforcing academic skills, and preventing summer learning loss

P2LayS (Paul’s Place Leaders and Young Scholars) – Middle School

27 students in after-school programs
24 students in summer programs

Gender-specific after-school and four week summer program for students in sixth to eighth grades focused on academics, mentoring, emotional wellness, and self-confidence

P2LayS (Paul’s Place Leaders and Young Scholars) – High School

12 students in after-school programs
10 students in summer programs

Drop-in after-school program and eight week summer internship program for students in ninth to twelfth grades offering academic support, mentoring, career exploration, and college and career preparation