Gloria Aparicio Blackwell
Director of Community Engagement
6200 Sheridan Street
Riverdale, MD 20737
The University of Maryland and the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) established a partnership in 2006 to create the Center for Educational Partnership (CEP), located at the former Riverdale Hills Elementary School at 6200 Sheridan Avenue in Riverdale Park. CEP’s main goals are to foster academic enrichment, parenting support, adult education, and recreational and cultural programs for the benefit of the surrounding community of Riverdale Park.
CEP also creates a new University-Community resource to offer extended-day instruction; academic enrichment, recreational, cultural, and political empowerment programs; on-site counseling; homework assistance; parenting support; and a host of teen programs. Not simply an after-school center, the Center provides further civic engagement and local democracy by engaging parents, teachers, and the broader community and offering the mix of services needed to give local children and their families the greatest possible chance to succeed.
Founded in 2005, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) is a division of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, DC. The Latin American Youth Center, founded in 1974, is a multicultural, community-based organization whose mission is to support youth and their families in their determination to live, work, and study with dignity, hope, and joy.
MMYC provides comprehensive, multilingual, and culturally sensitive programs at the Riverdale Park site in the areas of job development and training, counseling, leadership development, education enrichment, social services, recreation, and the arts.
As a client-centered agency, LAYC/MMYC's goals for each youth who walks through its doors are:
Further, LAYC seeks to promote positive change in conditions, policies, and laws affecting youth.
GapBuster Learning Center is an educational program dedicated to promoting higher levels of achievement and closing the performance gap of students by enriching and supplementing their learning experience.
GapBuster Learning Center strives to raise the academic bar and close the learning gap for all students. We focus on the unique individuality of each student. We achieve this by assessing each student’s current skills and by building a dynamic program designed to enhance and motivate each student to learn at his/her potential. Our curriculum is aligned with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) curriculum. Our math component is designed to focus on the students’ math abilities, with a strong interest in developing critical thinking skills, building a strong foundation of basic facts, and mastering open-ended questions. Our reading and writing component focuses on reading comprehension and basic writing skills. In addition, we offer our students a cultural arts component, which complements the program.
The Capital Scholars, Inc. organization seeks out best practices in planning, developing, and implementing stellar extended learning programs for elementary and secondary students. Capital Scholars consults with leading experts in the educational field, and we partner with other organizations that possess the same passion and vision for providing excellent supplemental academic programs.
The most important element in the Capital Scholars strategy is that all educational programs must be accessible for disadvantaged, low-income children. The Capital Scholars organization believes the best way to close the achievement gap is to provide access to extended learning programs to all students, including low-income students.
University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land-grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.
Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy provides a bridge between the needs of local communities and government in the State of Maryland and the knowledge and expertise of Maryland residents age 50+ who are seeking careers as volunteer service leaders. Legacy Leadership offers training and leaderships in government offices and the nonprofit sector to Maryland residents age 50+ in order to facilitate their transition from paid employment into new careers as Service Leaders. This program develops informed and motivated individuals who are committed to contributing significantly as Legacy Service Leaders in the State of Maryland.
The University of Maryland School of Public Health promotes and protects the health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland, the nation, and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, public policy, and practice. The School has a strong core of exceptional faculty who are from diverse academic disciplines. They are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship, teaching, and service, and many faculty members hold leadership positions in professional associations and activities.
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health is a department within the School of Public Health. The Department offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.