February 28, 2023

February newsletter: Community summit, community opportunity grants, RISE returns, and more!

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Save the Date for our Community Summit: April 29!

Mark your calendars! Come join us on on Saturday, April 29 for our community summit, Reimagining Good Health for All: Dismantling Systemic Racism in Howard County. The event will focus on how we can come together as a community to break down systemic barriers to good health – and feature a special keynote speaker that we can’t wait to announce very soon! Attendees can also continue the conversation in breakout sessions following the keynote to create a roadmap for moving forward.

Registration will open in early March. You won’t want to miss this!

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Grantee spotlight: The kids aren’t alright. Tiffani Peguese is trying to change that.

Having dedicated her career to working with youth, Howard County educator Tiffani Peguese was noticing some worrying themes in how students were talking about themselves and their lives. It was clear that many students of hers were dealing with trauma but did not have the tools to express their emotions in a healthy way – causing them to struggle behaviorally and academically as a result. With this growing crisis of youth mental health, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Peguese applied for the Horizon Foundation’s first-ever Advancing Community Advocacy Fellowship in 2020. Working with Foundation staff, Peguese learned about topics like mobilizing and organizing, and helped establish the Mental Health Matters Coalition to advocate for school-based mental health supports for students. Thanks in large part to her work, this program is now expanding to every public school in Howard County.

Read Tiffani’s story>>


Community Opportunity Grants opening TOMORROW!

Applications for our 2023 community opportunity grants will open tomorrow, March 1! These one-time grants for up to $20,000 help nonprofits carry out their mission more effectively and build capacity in areas such as building advocacy efforts, board development and strategic planning and more.

The deadline to submit your application is April 19, 2023. Proposals will be reviewed, and all applicants will be notified no later than May 19th, 2023.

Funds are limited, so we will only consider applications submitted until April 19.

If you have any questions about the grant or the application system, contact Senior Program Officer Kenitra Fokwa at kfokwa@thehorizonfoundation.org.

Learn more about these grants and apply starting March 1>>


Calling all families of Murray Hill and Bonnie Branch Middle Schools!

After a pandemic-era hiatus, we are so excited that our after-school sports pilot program, Recreation-Inspired Sports for Everyone (RISE), is returning this spring to Murray Hill and Bonnie Branch Middle Schools. This partnership with Howard County Public Schools and Howard County Recreation & Parks offers kids the chance to enjoy team play while learning the fundamentals and some advanced game skills through drills and exercises led by certified coaches. Free and reduced meal and Children’s Health Insurance Program participants qualify to play for a reduced price and receive free transportation. Registration for both schools closes March 29!

Learn more about the RISE program at Murray Hill>>
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