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Grants Awarded for the 2020-21 Academic Year

AMBASSADOR’S FUND FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Wayne, Pa.

“Reserve Funds: Additional COVID-19-Related Funding”

$165,000

Reserve a pool of funds for use in responding to or anticipating as-yet-unknown pressing COVID-related needs that emerge throughout the 2020-21 academic year.  Funds were subsequently applied in August to underwrite the cost of materials to produce 1,200 sliding protective Plexiglas screens — termed teacher sliding partitions (TSP-20) — for use in the archdiocesan suburban elementary schools as an additional layer of safety and protection for teachers and students. The screens were designed, manufactured, and delivered by collaborating funding partner Communications Test Design, Inc., (CTDI), a West Chester-based global engineering company. The protective screens comply with state health and safety regulations and, in counties where permitted, teachers have the ability to remove their masks when speaking. In addition, teachers can increase person-to-person interaction by easily moving the rolling screen directly to a student’s desk and safely speaking with that student.  The portable screens were provided to every homeroom and special area of the 71 suburban archdiocesan elementary schools, with most receiving an average of 15 and some schools as high as 30. The suburban schools were chosen for these tools because federal funds applicable to the city schools are unavailable to them.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Discretionary/Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

Provide funding for the Archbishop of Philadelphia’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: CATHOLICPHILLY.COM

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Digital Marketing Campaign” (Yr. 1. of 3)

$10,448

Establish a robust targeted digital marketing program that supports pastors and schools in education and faith formation for Catholics living and working in Southeast Pennsylvania.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Keystone STARS Certification Initiative” (Yr. 1 of 2)

$120,000

Boost and retain PreK enrollment through Keystone STARS-certified PreK programming in eight schools in 2020-21 and five schools in 2021-22.

BISHOP SHANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL

Downingtown, Pa.

“Magnify: 30-Day Happiness Challenge”

$19,417

Introduce pilot program to transform high school youth by equipping them with a renewed Catholic identity through deep examination and faith-based discussions of Scripture.

CABRINI UNIVERSITY

Radnor, Pa.

“Expanding the Education of the Heart: Enriching and Integrating Catholic Faith at Cabrini University”

$15,773

Introduce an academic and co-curricular program to increase Catholic student knowledge of Catholic intellectual foundations through deeper and broader content to the required Department of Religious Studies course and guest lectures. Strengthen the students’ demonstration of their Catholic faith through companion spiritual retreats, activities, visits to local historical churches, and other co-curricular experiences managed by Campus Ministry.

CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Malvern, Pa.

“Envisioning and Equipping the Church of the Next Generation in Philadelphia”

$150,000

Provide Year #2 of funding totaling $300,000 to underwrite 55% of the cost of support for the participation of six Philadelphia parishes in Next Generation parish services.

DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY

Chester, Pa.

“Advancing STEAM Learning Through 3D Design”

$5,760

Purchase licenses for teachers and students of grades 5-8 of the MakerBot 3D Printer program, which is the vendor’s associated teacher development program and would result in 3D printing certification for both teachers and students.

DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY

Chester, Pa.

“Social Emotional Learning Program”

$10,300

Acquire the PATHS Social and Emotional Learning Program to equip students with social and emotional competency tools to resolve conflicts, handle emotions, empathize, and make responsible decisions, thereby increasing their opportunity for academic success. The program uses twice-weekly, themed, 15- to 20-minute lessons. Assessments will measure results after one year, and Terra Nova scores will be compared year-to-year.

FAITH IN THE FUTURE FOUNDATION

Philadelphia Pa.

“General Operations for Schools of Special Education”

$200,000

Provide annual operational support of the four AOP special education schools managed by Faith in the Future Foundation.

FOUNDATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION

West Chester, Pa.

“Emergency Tuition Relief Fund”

$250,000

Provide tuition assistance to Catholic families of students enrolled in 12 AOP elementary schools ($150,000) who have suffered economic setbacks from COVID-19-caused illness, loss of employment, or loss of business. Tuition assistance will support 2020-21 enrollment in suburban Catholic schools that have demonstrated healthy enrollment, strong leadership, and long-term financial sustainability. Because of the Fund’s significant investment in the CLI Next Generation Parish program, an additional $100,000 is earmarked for the same tuition-relief purpose and with the same criteria for families of students enrolled in the remaining 13 CLI Next Generation parish schools. All tuition assistance grant funds will be administered by the Foundation for Catholic Education.

GESU SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Digital Art Curriculum Development”

$26,400

Expand the arts curriculum with a new graphic arts component to be introduced in grades 6-7-8. Funding will support a one-time purchase of graphic arts-specific technology to implement the new curriculum.

MERCY CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia Pa.

“Lift Up Literacy”

$17,218.

Train faculty to improve student reading and math proficiency through a six-day professional development program conducted by MAX Teaching and specifically designed for CTE teachers and students. Consultants will return to the school three times during the year to observe application in the classroom and provide feedback to the faculty.

MOTHER OF PROVIDENCE REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Wallingford, Pa. 

“STREAM Program/Lab”

$30,000

Continue promoting inquiry-based learning that was introduced through materials and training provided to the archdiocesan schools by the Archdiocesan Educational Fund 2018-19 STEM Lending Library grant awarded to the AOP/Technology Department.  Project objectives/outcomes throughout the school will be measured by at least one lab-based STREAM-integrated lesson per semester per grade and that incorporates the design process and media presentations.

NEWMAN CENTER AT ST. AGATHA-ST. JAMES

Philadelphia, Pa.

“ESTEEM at the Newman Center (Penn-Drexel)” — Yr. 1 of 2

$15,000

Launch an ESTEEM Program at Penn-Drexel Newman Center, which ministers to Catholic college seniors throughout their final year as they prepare to transition to the workforce and other post-graduation endeavors. Program will partner each student with an active Catholic alumni mentor from the same field who would encourage the continuation of faith formation while overall growing a community of young, faithful, active professionals.

OUR MOTHER OF CONSOLATION PARISH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa. 

“Rosetta Stone Language Pilot Program” (Yr. 2 of 2)

$13,200

Fund the second of two years to pilot a foreign language program that will offer grades PreK3-8 an immersive, self-guided interactive program for second language acquisition that differs from the traditional model used in the AOP elementary schools. OMC will form a research team led by a Temple University faculty member-Board of Limited Jurisdiction member to track and analyze this alternative method of language instruction for possible collaborative opportunities among neighboring parish schools and/or a scalable option for others. Grant withdrawn.

ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“The Learning Commons @ RCHS”

$125,000

Convert library to a full-service learning, research, and student-centric space with innovative and modifiable learning areas and movable pockets of spaces that support contemporary and innovative teaching methods for all students — the gifted students, the core middle students, and the students who struggle or are working with an IEP.

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Revitalization of St. Francis de Sales Gymnasium”

$50,000

Replace a 95-year-old concrete gym floor with a surface suitable for multi-use sports, fitness, camp, and assembly use by school students, families, and residents of neighboring communities.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Teaching Human Sexuality in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia”

$80,000

Develop and present a one-day convocation that provides 600 K-12 teachers and PREP catechists with informed guidance in addressing contemporary sexual issues and situations. Funding will establish a proven model of training and ongoing resources drawn from Sacred Scripture, Christian anthropology, and the Theology of the Body to address issues surrounding sexual identity, gender dysphoria, and sexual morality. Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of the Archdiocese of Bridgeport (Conn.), will present the keynote address and will be followed by tailored, grade-specific breakout workshops presented by Sophia Institute Master Teachers and facilitated by catechists selected and trained by the AOP. Teachers’ guides and materials will be distributed to all participants, and ongoing electronic resources will be available as follow-up to the convocation.

SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Immaculata, Pa.

“IHM 75th Anniversary Vocation Education Program (Yr. 2 of 2)

$19,800

Support an enhanced Vocation Education Program that applies contemporary tools and resource materials to vocation outreach and instruction, establishes a culture of vocation education for target populations that addresses the communications preferences of those populations, and assists young women in vocation discernment through increased personal engagement and mentorship. Year #1 ($81,300) focuses on the concept development; professional design of portable vocation outreach and engagement materials, and of a vocation education experience installation in the House of Studies; baseline-year tracking; and technology development. Year #2  focuses on the production of all materials designed in Year #1 and ready for introduction and implementation throughout the anniversary year (2020-21), beginning with the November Mass, and operating over succeeding years. This is the Fund’s first grant awarded to a proposal submitted by a community of women religious, and specifically for a vocation education program, and one that is unique and groundbreaking among religious communities for its use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and other state-of-the-art technologies designed to reach contemporary populations.

ST. AGATHA-ST. JAMES CHURCH

Philadelphia, Pa.

“FOCUS Varsity Catholic” (Yr. 1 of 2)

$15,000

Add one missionary to the Penn team of four, with a ministry specifically directed at Catholic varsity athletes and applying the traditional FOCUS model of building outreach in Bible study groups, small group discussions, ministry activities, mission trips, and other mission leadership events to an estimated 200 athletes and 28 teams.

ST. HUBERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Fulfilling the Arts Academy and STEAM Programs at SHHS”

$75,000

Expand the STEAM curriculum’s Digital Arts program by increasing the number of students by 10 each year (for a total of 28 each year, beginning 2020-21) and introducing industry certification process. Students will be academically-equipped for industry certifications testing in the graphic arts — graphic design, photo editing, website design, video editing, etc. — because of Adobe Suite instruction and a properly-equipped Digital Arts Lab.

ST. MARY INTERPAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“A Sustainable K-8 STREAM Program” — Yr. 2 of 2 (Grades 5-8)

$20,000

Transform and upgrade a weekly technology instruction into a fully developed STREAM program marked by project-based learning that taps educational partnerships unique to St. Mary Interparochial, which include Greener Partners, Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Drexel University/Dragons Teach Program. Students will apply the “R” of STREAM in religious-based service projects that also teach financial literacy. This grant could be a model for cost-effective, objectives-driven PreK-8 STREAM programs.

WEST CATHOLIC PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Pathfinder Program”

$14,800

Support student-related expenses associated with the school’s new college guidance “Pathfinder Program,” which matches “fit” between students and potential college and trade school options, both locally and beyond a 60-mile radius. Associated costs for juniors and seniors include one-day visits to screened, potential high-match/high-fit local institutions and weekend overnight visits to those at a distance.

 

Grants Awarded for the 2019-20 Academic Year

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Discretionary/Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

Provide funding for the Archbishop of Philadelphia’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE FOR CATHOLIC FORMATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“FORMED.org Subscriptions for Secondary Schools — Year 2”

$18,000

Provide teachers with quality, trusted, orthodox Catholic sources for e-books, videos, teacher guides, and student worksheets in a revolutionary digital platform. Grant covers the second year of seed money subscriptions for 18 secondary schools — 17 archdiocesan and Martin Saints Classical High School — at $1,000 each (full cost of $2,000), with Augustine Institute funding the remainder to offset any cost to the schools. Year#2 resources will be available to parents as well as to students and faculty.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Extraordinary Year of Mission (EYM)” — Yr. 2 of 2

$21,650

Support Year #2 of the observance of the Extraordinary Month of Mission (Oct. 2019), expanded to one year of preparation (2018-19; $45,500) as well as follow-up activities through June 2020.

BISHOP MC DEVITT HIGH SCHOOL

Wyncote, Pa.

“McDevitt Media Lab”

$10,200

Build market-sensitive technology skills in students by integrating new technology into the curriculum reshaped with the assistance of a consultant from Catholic School Management (Christian Brother Services) and the addition of five Mac computers and software licenses.

CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Malvern, Pa.

“Envisioning & Equipping the Church of the Next Generation in Philadelphia” (Yr. 1 of 2)

$150,000

Fund Year #1 of two years totaling $300,000 to underwrite 55% of the cost of support for the participation of six Philadelphia parishes in Next Generation parish services.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES (for Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy)

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Enhancing PreK Curriculum: Building a Two-Generation Approach to Literacy”

$20,539

Strengthen the application of the Teaching Strategies Gold Curriculum for the PreK program with five additional sets of materials. One set is currently shared among six classrooms. This successful curriculum supports the engagement of parents or caregivers at home and includes lesson planning tools and workbooks.

DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY

Chester, Pa.

“HMH Into Math” (Yr. 1)

$5,000

Provide seed funding for a new math curriculum, “Into Math,” published by Houghton Mifflin as a specific companion to its LabLearner science curriculum introduced at DNA in 2016-17 through an Archdiocesan Educational Fund grant. Applicant will return in May 2020 with a proposal to fund the following two years of Into Math subscriptions ($10,000 total) if Year #1 pilot proves successful as shown by tracking processes, test scores, and other assessments.

FAITH IN THE FUTURE FOUNDATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Schools of Special Education Operating Budget”

$200,000

Provide ongoing operational funding for the four AOP special education schools managed by Faith in the Future Foundation.

THE FRIENDS OF FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL, INC.

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Career & Technical Education (CTE) Welding Lab”

$150,000

Launch a CTE Academy at Father Judge High School for Boys, one of three main pillars of the school’s new five-year Academic Plan. This new program will align with rigorous industry and academic standards that equip graduates with a high school diploma coupled with NOCTI Certification in their respective field. Funding will support the curriculum by purchasing welding lab equipment required for certified instruction, including welding stations and ventilation/exhaust systems. This is the Fund’s first grant in support of a career and technical education program outside of that offered by the established Mercy Career & Technical High School.

GWYNEDD MERCY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL

Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

“Finding Peace in Prayer: Holistically Building a Daily Catholic Prayer Practice Into Students’ Lives”

$20,000

Build out a student prayer and meditation program, which extends to student families, that is being introduced in 2018-19 as a pilot program emerging from the school’s strategic plan.

LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“The New Teacher Project” (TNTP)

$100,000

Introduce TNTP at Little Flower that now exists at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, West Catholic Preparatory High School, and Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School. The program is designed to increase student engagement through more effective teaching and the creation of successful learning environments. This grant is unique among the three other TNTP program schools in its funding of a single-sex institution and incorporating teaching strategies and other considerations associated with educating young girls.

MANOR COLLEGE

Jenkintown, Pa.

“Student & Lay Person Chaplaincy Program”

$7,800

Build out a student and lay campus chaplaincy program that strengthens student knowledge and application of the tenets of the Catholic faith at this primarily commuter Catholic college with 25% of the students identifying as Catholic. This is the Fund’s first grant in support of a religious education/evangelization program with a Catholic college.

MARTIN SAINTS CLASSICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Oreland, Pa.

“Introducing a Catholic-Integrated Spanish Curriculum”

$28,000

Create a new curriculum for Spanish I and Spanish II that integrates language instruction with other liberal arts subjects, especially with aspects of Catholic thought.

NAZARETH ACADEMY

Philadelphia, Pa.

“STREAM: 21st Century Teaching and Learning”

$99,300

Broaden a strong science core into a fully developed STREAM (Science-Technology-Religion-Engineering-Arts-Math) program with curriculum transformation, faculty development, applicable software, maker space consulting services, and lab equipment.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Doylestown, Pa.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe Hispanic Ministry Program” (Yr. 1 of 3)

$60,050

Fund Year #1 of three-year program ($60K-$40K-$20K) to establish measurable outreach activities and communications designed to build and grow a Catholic ministry with the increasing Latino population in the Buckingham area of Bucks County. This program, to be led by a bilingual Hispanic ministry director, could serve as a model for meaningful and productive Catholic outreach in other locations with a high Latino population. Grant subsequently declined.

OUR MOTHER OF CONSOLATION PARISH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“OMC Parish School Rosetta Stone Language Program” (Yr. 1 of 2)

$25,7000

Fund the first of two years ($13,200, Year #2) to pilot a foreign language program that will offer grades PreK3-8 an immersive, self-guided interactive program for second language acquisition that differs from the traditional model used in the AOP elementary schools. OMC will form a research team led by a Temple University faculty member-Board of Limited Jurisdiction member to track and analyze this alternative method of language instruction for possible collaborative opportunities among neighboring parish schools and/or a scalable option for others. 

POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL

Royersford, Pa.

“STEM Pathways for PJP Student Success”

$73,000

Transform PJP’s existing collection of STEM courses into a comprehensive STEM program consisting of increased course offerings, enhanced faculty professional development, and program-related student internships in industry and non-profits, along with a dual-enrollment opportunity with Ursinus College.  A dedicated STEM lab/maker space will be converted from an existing classroom for particular focus on engineering, robotics, entrepreneurship, and technology. Funding request includes support for the purchase of STEM-related technology, STEM lab furniture, a maker space consultant, and more. This grant supports the first fleshed-out STEM, STEAM, or STREAM proposal submitted by an AOP/FIF high school.

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Creation of Pre-Kindergarten for St. Francis de Sales School”

$75,000

Convert existing library space to a PreK4 classroom, and renovate and resize a bathroom for young children.

SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Immaculata, Pa.

“IHM 75th Anniversary Vocation Education Program (Yr. 1 of 2)

$81,300

Support an enhanced Vocation Education Program that applies contemporary tools and resource materials to vocation outreach and instruction, establishes a culture of vocation education for target populations that addresses the communications preferences of those populations, and assists young women in vocation discernment through increased personal engagement and mentorship. Year #1 focuses on the concept development; professional design of portable vocation outreach and engagement materials, and of a vocation education experience installation in the House of Studies; baseline-year tracking; and technology development. Year #2 ($19,800) focuses on the production of all materials designed in Year #1 and ready for introduction and implementation throughout the anniversary year (2020-21), beginning with the November Mass, and operating over succeeding years. This is the Fund’s first grant awarded to a proposal submitted by a community of women religious, and specifically for a vocation education program, and one that is unique and groundbreaking among religious communities for its use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and other state-of-the-art technologies designed to reach contemporary populations.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Catechizing Elementary Teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia” (Yr. 2 of 2)

$49,200

Underwrite Year #2 of program to deliver a full day of intensive catechetical, theological, and pedagogical training to the second half of AOP elementary school teachers, approximately 600 distributed across six sessions.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Catechizing High School Theology Teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia” (Yr. 2 of 2)

$10,000

Underwrite Year #2 of program offering intensive catechetical training to every Catholic high school religion teacher, an estimated 100.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Training Teachers on the Catholic Principles of America’s Founding”

$11,000

Underwrite the integration of Catholic teaching, intellectual foundations, and analysis of historical primary sources into middle school social studies instruction through a rigorous one-day team-taught intensive workshop for a maximum 25 social studies teachers accepted to the program. Proposed content and delivery would be a pilot program not only in the AOP but also nationally. The subject integration would be the first of its kind in the United States and a model for potential replication in high-performing classrooms.

ST. AGNES SCHOOL

West Chester, Pa.

“Flexible Seating for All Students at St. Agnes School”

$50,000

Incorporate alternative seating in every classroom, the math honors program, and the library — total 16 rooms — to help maintain focus in students with attention difficulties, primarily in the lower grades, and to be the model school for demonstrating a flexible classroom environment that also supports high-achieving students in the middle and upper grades.

ST. HUBERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Philadelphia, Pa. 

“STEAM Faculty Professional Development”

$3,800

Support four faculty training workshops in half-day sessions, led by contracted STEM instructors, to help devise STEAM content and projects in launching the school’s STEAM curriculum in the 2019-20 year.

SS. JOHN NEUMANN AND MARIA GORETTI HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Catholicism for Entering Non-Catholic Students”

Conduct a one-week mandatory summer course for students entering Ss. Neumann and Goretti without a basic understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education. Grant subsequently declined. 

ST. MARY INTERPAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“A Sustainable K-8 STREAM Program” (Yr. 1 of 2; Grades K-4)

$33,000

Transform and upgrade a weekly technology instruction into a fully developed STREAM program marked by project-based learning that taps educational partnerships unique to St. Mary Interparochial, which include Greener Partners, Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Drexel University/Dragons Teach Program. Students will apply the “R” of STREAM in religious-based service projects that also teach financial literacy. This grant could be a model for cost-effective, objectives-driven PreK-8 STREAM programs.

ST. PATRICK SCHOOL

Malvern, Pa.

“Inclusion at St. Patrick School (Yr. 1)

$19,000

Provide seed funding of faculty professional development and classroom equipment in support of the school’s expansion of educational opportunities to students with disabilities, specifically to those with autism and Down syndrome, in addition to increasing enrollment of students who attend with IEPs and/or 504 Plans. This  grant draws heavily from the University of Notre Dame Program for Inclusive Education and supports the first year of an expected two years of requested funding for further inclusionary programming. The grantee has coordinated all plans and programming with the OCE Secretary of Elementary Education, who is the former Director of Special Education, and intends to establish St. Patrick as the school for inclusive Catholic education in Chester County. The grantee intends to return with a proposal in May 2020 that is informed by the results of Year #1 funding.

ST. VERONICA, AN INDEPENDENT MISSION SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Summer Reading Program”

$11,650

Introduce a summer reading program to reduce the degree of “summer slide” in students by purchasing an inventory of K-7 books and a portion of their initial replacements. The reading program incorporates a student reporting process on each chosen work and student reflections on those selections.

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR CHURCH MANAGEMENT

Villanova, Pa.

“Villanova Certificate in Catholic School Management”

$23,811

Create an online Certificate in Catholic School Management program to improve the management competencies of Catholic school principals, vice principals, presidents, and rising leaders; in collaboration with the NCEA and local school leaders.

VOCATION OFFICE FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program”

$16,165

Present an updated version of Year #1’s 10-day summer residential program for high-aspirational, high-achieving juniors and seniors to study the luminaries of Catholic thought and to open the possibility of the priesthood to young men at a crucial time of discernment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants Awarded for the 2018-19 Academic Year

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Fraternus Ministry in the AOP”

$17,350; Grant Postponed

To introduce the Fraternus ministry to Archdiocese of Philadelphia parishes as an effective way to evangelize sixth to 12th graders by providing them with authentic mentorship by adult Catholic men and the rites of passage that help usher them into mature, virtuous manhood.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION-SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Sensory Library for the Schools of Special Education”

$7,520

To provide schools with the ability to borrow a piece of equipment before purchasing to test its desired effect on improving a child’s learning behavior. If the equipment proves successful, the school would purchase a new item and return the borrowed piece to the library for use by other schools.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“BrainSTEPS”

$5,000

To develop comprehensive and codified “Return to Learn” (vs. Return to Play) plans for the 17 archdiocesan high schools for students experiencing a brain injury — particularly, concussion — to ease their transition back into cognitive learning in a clear and appropriate manner, to establish a protocol to document students who have sustained concussions, and to examine whether they have reached benchmarks established in partnership with the BrainSTEPS organization and program.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Catholic Leaders in the C-Suite”

$15,000; Grant Declined, Staffing Change

To equip 17 high school presidents with conceptual and practical skills in developing a local board of specified jurisdiction, increased enrollment, options for institutional advancement (fund development), and strategies for team coaching/mentoring.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

El Puente: Multicultural Outreach & Ministry”

$43,000

To build up school and parish ministry to the Latino population and any ethnic group that comes from a non-English-speaking background through the Madrinas Ministry. The madrinas (godmothers) are bridges in the community —in addition to being primarily Hispanic, can also be Vietnamese, Filipino, or other — who are the welcoming contacts in the parishes and ease the populations’ participation in parish and school life. Grant funds will provide professional development for faculty (English Language Learner and English as a New Language) through training and online courses, and for madrinas through specialized training.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

Philadelphia, Pa.

“STEM Lending Library”

$32,000

To create two lending library sites — at geographical ends of the archdiocese — of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) software and hardware for preK-12 classrooms, provide support for faculty to use advanced technologies, and provide students with access to associated tech skills and future-ready opportunities they would not otherwise experience, such as virtual reality, robotics, coding, digital media, and makerspaces.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Alternative Seating”

$18,000

To pilot the use of alternative seating in three Delaware County elementary school classrooms to test its impact on student attention, behavior, and academic progress.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Narrowing the Gap — Data-Driven Instruction for Struggling Students”

$54,800

To model the successful Summer Bridge Program for secondary schools by introducing an interdisciplinary, project-based, motivational summer program in two elementary schools for students identified as “at risk” based on standardized test scores.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHA

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Archbishop’s Discretionary Funding”

$50,000

To support Archbishop Chaput’s priority programs, organizations, or populations throughout the archdiocese.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE FOR CATECHETICAL FORMATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“FORMED.org Subscriptions for High School Theology Departments”

$19,000

To provide teachers with quality, trusted, orthodox Catholic sources for e-books, videos, teacher guides, and student worksheets in a revolutionary digital platform. Grant covers the first-year subscription for 19 secondary schools – 17 archdiocesan high schools, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, and Martin Saints Classical High School — at a special small parish rate. FORMED.org is an initiative of the Augustine Institute and has been referred to as the “Catholic Netflix.” Philadelphia is the only system of Catholic high schools in the country to provide a subscription for each school.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: OFFICE FOR BLACK CATHOLICS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“St. Luke’s Production: Tolton, From Slave to Priest

$14,000

To host two performances of Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a professional Catholic theater production based on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest. A morning performance is scheduled for students, and an evening performance is planned for parishioners and other adults throughout the archdiocese.

CATHOLIC HISTORIAL RESEARCH CENTER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, Pa.

“To Touch a Saint … Creating a Place for Middle School Students”

$31,196

To develop a program for seventh- and/or eighth-grade students to experience the history of the Church in Philadelphia through a 90-minute program of classroom instruction and guided tour of current exhibits. Particular attention will be paid to the Nativist Riots of 1844, the influenza epidemic of 1918, the settlement of various ethnicities in parishes across the archdiocese, and other events that are central to the area’s Catholic heritage. Students will learn how to research parish histories as well as view and touch objects of historical value.

CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Wayne, Pa.

“Parish Missionary Disciples: Reawakening Believers on Fire for Jesus Christ”

$55,150

To support the recruitment and training of a second cohort of Parish Missionary Disciples to give witness to the power of Jesus Christ in their lives and, as a result, strengthen their parishes and further reach out to others needing Christ’s impact.

CRISTO REY PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“’Best Fit’ Overnight College Tour Program”

$45,000

To increase the number of “match” schools that students in the Class of 2020 include on their college list, the first step to ensuring they matriculate at an institution that matches their academic ability. Grant refines the 2017-18 pilot program for the Class of 2019, which supports a customized spring break tour for small groups of students of non-area colleges identified through the Barron’s Selectivity Guide that could offer them a ‘best fit’ academically.

FAITH IN THE FUTURE FOUNDATION

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Schools of Special Education Operating Budget”

$200,000

To renew operational support for the four schools of special education managed by Faith in the Future Foundation.

GESU SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Gesu School Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET) Pilot Expansions with St. Malachy School”

$31,530

To expand Gesu School’s intensive, after-school remedial literacy program for the poorest-performing first-, second-, and third-grade students — testing an average of two years below grade level — to include three students from the same grades at St. Malachy School, with the goal of achieving grade-level literacy by fourth grade. Grant funds apply to the expenses generated by St. Malachy’s portion of the program.

IHM FAMILY LITERACY CENTER

Coatesville, Pa.

“Music Together Classes”

$5,600

To strengthen toddler cognitive and language skills by bringing music instruction into an early learning center sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) for 3- to 5-year-old Hispanic students from a lower-income area of Coatesville. Music Together is an internationally recognized 30-year-old program that provides licensed teachers and music for three 10-week semesters of intergenerational sessions that combine music with English literacy skill-building.

INDEPENDENCE MISSION SCHOOLS

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Math Curriculum Pilot”

$100,000; Grant Declined Because of Changed Circumstances

To support the work of a consultant who will play a key role in the analysis and implementation of a high-quality, rigorous, Common Core-aligned math curriculum pilot and lead the training of principals and teachers of grades K-5 at five IMS schools. If successful, the pilot will lay the groundwork for a complete rollout of the new curriculum across the entire IMS network.

INDEPENDENCE MISSION SCHOOLS

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Student Information System Assessment and Implementation”

$75,400

To engage a consultant to identify network-wide needs for a new student information system (SIS) and provide support through the initial phase of new system implementation.

MERCY CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Health Occupations Program”

$76,590

To expand Mercy CTE’s Health Occupations Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program to better prepare graduates for either additional employment opportunities in the health care industry or further education. Training will be added in EKG testing, phlebotomy, risk management, and other certifications as the program grows with an expected increased enrollment.

ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Lifetime Faith Formation Assistance Program” (Kairos)

$25,000

To support a transition year for the school’s Kairos program from the senior year to the junior year. The intent is to foster greater student participation in additional faith-based programs that fortify the school’s Catholic identity and strengthen the students’ relationship with God for a full year before graduating.

SAINT ANDREW SCHOOL

Drexel Hill, Pa.

“Technology Development Plan—Upper Grades”

$69,902

To promote inquiry-based learning, group collaboration, creative problem solving, critical thinking, enhanced communication skills, and improved Terra Nova scores for fifth- through eighth-graders with the addition of Chromebooks, laptops, and associated software.

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Spreading the Good News Through Video”

$7,025

To purchase an automatic tracking camera that will make the Archbishop’s Lecture Series available on the Seminary website for broad viewing by seminarians, friends, and others, as well as support blended learning systems in Seminary classrooms.

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Relocation & Affiliation Project”

$100,000

To support the engagement of professional services consultants associated with the transition of the seminary to a new location; Year #2.

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“De Sales Technology Initiative”

$25,000

To replace SMART Board projectors and teacher laptops, upgrade the SAFARI Learning Management System, and add wireless access points.

SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Coatesville, Pa.

“Boosting English Literacy in Hispanic Women and Their Children”

$22,000

To increase English literacy among low-income Hispanic women and their children through the use of iPads in building English vocabulary, properly structuring English sentences, and gaining confidence in speaking English. Women participating in the program conducted at the IHM Family Literacy Center (Coatesville, Pa.) will increase their effectiveness as primary educators of their children, improve their suitability for higher-paying jobs, and contribute more effectively at home, work, Church, and school.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Catechizing Elementary Teachers in the AOP”

$49,200

To partner with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in providing 400 elementary school teachers with a full day of intensive training that strengthens their understanding of the Church’s teachings, provides them with teaching strategies for incorporating this knowledge in the classroom, and supplies classroom-ready instructional materials. Teachers will continue to be supported throughout the year with weekly lessons on the Sunday Gospel and other resources.

SOPHIA INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

Manchester, N.H.

“Catechizing High School Theology Teachers in Philadelphia”

$10,000

To partner with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in providing approximately 100 high school theology teachers with substantive, engaging, useful, and practical training that will help them deepen their knowledge and love of the Catholic faith as well as their relationship with God. The one-day workshops will build upon the success of the programs successfully piloted during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

ST. JOSEPH’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“From Nominal to Practicing: Welcoming Catholics Back to the Lord’s Table”

$18,000

To introduce a parent-to-parent pilot program of pastoral outreach to the families of incoming freshmen.; Year #2.

VOCATION OFFICE FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Going Deeper Vocation Camp”

$11,500

To offer rising high school seniors, new graduates, or those who have attended at least three years of the Quo Vadis Camp to a four-day summer camp at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to explore their faith through prayer, service, discussions, and examining the lives of local saints. Teens will be able to explore whether they are being called to the diocesan priesthood.

VOCATION OFFICE FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program”

$16,000

To conduct two weeks of intensive study at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for 25 intellectually motivated high school juniors and seniors focused on key themes in Catholic thought, such as Faith and Reason, Religion and the Political Life, and Contemplation and Monasticism. Students will earn college credit in philosophy (PHL 101 equivalent) that may be transferred to other institutions through this July 2018 program taught by Seminary professors and designed to expose young men to the great thinkers, spiritual richness, and intellectual depth of our Catholic faith.

VOCATION OFFICE FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Forged by the Fire”

$16,350

To develop committed disciples of Christ who will be key leaders in their faith communities and to foster a sense of vocation within these young men of college age and above. Training and leadership development programs will be conducted for cohorts of men ages 18 to 35 who collectively attend a series of retreat weekends and execute an evangelization project. Effectiveness will be gauged by how active the group is in the archdiocese and success during evangelization outreach.

WEST CATHOLIC PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Kairos”

$22,000

To support an increase in the percentage of students who experience a Kairos retreat at West Catholic by removing the economic barrier of attendance for most students, with the goal of registering 20% in 2018-19, including interested non-Catholic students.

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY NEWMAN CENTER

West Chester, Pa.

“FOCUS Mission Team”

$60,000

To support the second of two years of activities of a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Mission Team on campus.

WIDENER NEWMAN CLUB

Chester, Pa.

“Widener University Newman Outreach”

$60,000

To support the second of two years of staff outreach to increase a personal and regular presence on campus for Catholic students through weekly Bible study, Mass, and other initiatives based at St. Katharine Drexel parish (Chester).

Grants Awarded for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Create and Equip Four Elementary School Ready Rooms”

$100,000; Grant Declined

To prepare students in all elementary grades with IEPs, 504 plans, and other demonstrated learning needs to function effectively in a traditional classroom by creating and equipping one “ready room” in each of four schools across the archdiocese. Pilot program.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Transforming Teaching and Learning at West Catholic Preparatory High School”

$99,983

To introduce a program that will transform West Catholic Prep academically to meet the educational needs of a very low-income urban minority population through institutional strategies directed at teacher professional development that will heighten teacher effectiveness, strengthen the school’s academic program, and improve student academic outcomes.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Special Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$200,000

To support the annual operations of the schools of special education serving students with cognitive impairments and autism spectrum disorder.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education & Technology Department

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Integrating Technology: On-Demand Elementary Education Professional Development”

$13,500

To introduce an on-demand professional development program for teachers in the 11 South Philadelphia Elementary Cohort schools that will upgrade and enhance their knowledge and skills with instructional technology, on a schedule conducive to their individual schedules, and measurable by both the teachers and school administrators. This program incorporates analytics for ongoing professional and personal development.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

Metanoia

“Sophomore Rally Pilot Program”

$80,000

To build on the structure of the successful 2016 Sophomore Rally pilot program in engaging sophomores, and with the addition of freshmen, in a meaningful day that addresses the issues challenging young high school students and offers them guidance in decision-making rooted in Catholic values and principles.

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Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Newman Center at Widener University”

$40,000

To establish a Newman Center at St. Katharine Drexel Parish (Chester, Pa.) for Catholic students attending Widener University.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

$49,000

“Tradition: A Celebration of The Catechism of the Catholic Church

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and energize the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a renewed appreciation for the treasure that it is by a one-day program of nationally respected speakers, prayer, and music.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“High School Summer Bridge Program”

$54,000

To ease the transition of academically at-risk students into their freshman year through a monthlong summer learning support program focusing on language arts, math skills, study skills, and Catholic high school culture conducted at three locations.

Saint Francis de Sales School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“The de Sales Technology Initiative”

$30,000

To continue an improvement and updating plan for in-classroom technology that supports access for all third grade students during the school day and after-hours for those without computers or Internet at home.

Drexel Neumann Academy

Chester, Pa.

“Writing & Language Arts Program/Chromebooks”

$23,366

To increase high school preparation for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8, particularly their writing skills, through online reading and math enrichment programs as well as with supplemental materials in history and social studies.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Literacy and Parent Engagement Initiatives for St. Malachy School”

$72,000

To offer the five-week Springboard Collaborative summer reading program to eligible students and the families of St. Malachy School and to provide additional programming throughout the year aimed at fully engaging parents in their children’s education.  

The Culture Project International

Wynnewood, Pa.

“The Culture Project Partnership Program”

$15,000

To support an ongoing series of presentations by three Culture Project International missionaries to middle school and high school students on the topics of human dignity and sexual integrity and to further partner with schools on follow-up Q&A sessions and other relationship-building activities throughout the year.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Institute of Catholic Faith”

$100,000

To create the first of three two-year programs for candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and the laity offering education and faith formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith. Deferred.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Overnight Visits Designed to Ensure Student Selection of ‘Best Fit’ Colleges”

$40,000

To offer the Class of 2019 a four-day, three-night guided visit to selected out-of-area Catholic colleges during spring break (2018) to expose them to colleges they would unlikely consider but could be the best fit for them.

Office of the Archbishop of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

To provide funding for the Archbishop’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.

Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Vocation Office Media Center”

$12,560

To supplement the seminary curricular experience, coaching seminarians in state-of-the-art message delivery and helping them to grow in connecting with today’s and tomorrow’s congregations through podcasts, videos, and social and other new media

Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Brothers of Borromeo Camp”

$6,200

To support the re-launch of the one-day summer camp for boys in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who are thinking about the priesthood.

Gesu School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Technology Advancement Project”

$67,640

To complete the school’s technology infrastructure by granting personalized access to all students through 120 iPads and software applications purchased for PreK-2 classes in a 2 students-to-1 device ratio and 60 Chromebooks and software licenses purchased for Grade 3 classes in a 1-to-1 ratio.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Technology Improvements & Integration”

$100,000

To continue funding technology at IMS locations, at four additional schools, that includes hardware, software, and professional development focused on integrating technology in classroom instruction.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Relocation & Affiliation Project”

$100,000

To support the engagement of professional services consultants associated with the transition of the seminary to a new location.

West Chester University Newman Center

West Chester, Pa.

“Establish a FOCUS Mission Team”

$60,000

To introduce a team of missionaries from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the West Chester University Newman Center.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Attendance Registrations for the National Black Catholic Congress XII”

$25,000

To provide registration fees for 71 participants in the 2017 National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Florida, with special emphasis on those from the 16 African-American parishes in the inner city.

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“From Nominal to Practicing: Welcoming Catholics Back to the Lord’s Table”

$18,000

To introduce a parent-to-parent pilot program of pastoral outreach to the families of incoming freshmen.

Grants Awarded for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Forged by the Fire”

$31,496

To conduct a three-day retreat for men ages 18 to 25. (Grant Delayed)

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Leadership Academy-Community of Practice”

$91,100

To conduct a five-day intensive professional development program for secondary school administrators, followed by job-embedded skills training and on-site classroom observations in conjunction with Learning Science International.

Catholic Family Fun Club

Aston, Pa.

“Networking Families for Development of Catholic Catechetical and Social Activities”

$60,000

To increase networking among Catholic families for whom Catholicism is important and to attend local Catholic catechetical and social activities together.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Alumni Support Program to Ensure College Attendance and Retention”

$20,000

To encourage, strengthen, and assist graduating seniors overcome the challenges of obtaining a college education by supporting the hiring of an alumni support coordinator who will create an alumni culture for the first time and with the added role of college advisor. The Class of 2016 is the young school’s first to enter college.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Special Education Schools

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$200,000

To provide operating support for the four schools of special education and special education programs across the archdiocese.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$188,680

To provide the final year of a multi-year operations grant in support of OCE elementary education administration.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Sophomore Rally Pilot Program”

$20,000

To engage sophomores in a meaningful retreat day that addresses the personal issues challenging students in their sophomore year and offers them guidance in decision-making rooted in Catholic values and principles. Program elements include inspirational speakers and homilist, stories, contemporary music, breakout sessions for small-group reflection and discussion, and a curriculum for sophomore theology teachers to measure ongoing impact.  

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Showcase of Excellence”

$20,000

To highlight student achievement in a public forum, reveal the quality and dimension of the archdiocesan K-8 educational product among participating city and suburban schools, offer the general public examples of the credible and viable school choice offered by Catholic elementary schools, and challenge students to achieve in a variety of STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, math) disciplines.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education & Technology Department

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Integrating Technology: On-Demand Secondary Education Professional Development”

$24,000

To introduce an on-demand professional development program of 30-minute webinars for secondary school teachers that will upgrade and enhance their knowledge and skills with instructional technology on a schedule conducive to their individual schedules, and measurable by both the teachers and school administrators.

Catholic Leadership Institute

Wayne, Pa.

“Training for Leadership in the New Evangelization”

$55,000

To launch a pilot program for key lay staff and volunteers from participating parishes that supports them as leaders of the New Evangelization in creating more vibrant faith communities through 10 days of leadership formation and training over the course of one year.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Technology Infrastructure”

$94,280

To upgrade the technology infrastructure in multiple urban school buildings ranging from 60 years old to 100 for the use of iPads and Chromebooks in classroom settings.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“St. Veronica PREP Recruitment Project”

$12,000

To support St. Veronica School (Philadelphia) in promoting the value of Catholic education to parish families with students attending public or charter schools, but who are enrolled in parish religious instruction and sacrament preparation, through marketing materials prepared for the predominantly Spanish-speaking households and with financial assistance for newly recruited students.

Providence Center

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Education Technology for Children, Teens, and Adults”

$15,000

To assist the predominantly high-poverty Latino neighborhood educational center incorporate technology into programming that supports children’s academic progress, computer literacy, and values development; assists teens in preparing for college and the workplace; enhances adult education opportunities for English language learners.

Gesu School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Youngest Scholars Program”

$41,000

To provide high-achieving Gesu School students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 from predominantly impoverished neighborhoods with a five-week, rigorous, theme-based academic program during June and July that challenges them with research, cross-curricular writing exercises, readings from fiction and non-fiction, and connections to math and science that is further reinforced by after-school sessions throughout the academic year.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Tech Tools for Teaching”

$72,380

To replace 10-year-old projectors and screens in five Vianney Hall classrooms with state-of-the-art projection equipment used by theology seminarians, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate Program, all students in the School of Theological Studies, and others from the greater Catholic community.

Temple University Newman Center

Philadelphia, Pa.

“FOCUS Mission Team”

$60,000

To fund the second year of a two-year grant to reestablish the presence of a Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Mission Team on Temple’s campus that supports the Newman Center’s outreach with Catholic students.

Saint Francis de Sales School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Helping Our Children to Compete in This Century”

$25,000

To purchase 57 iPads that will assist both advanced and struggling students in Grades 2 and 3 achieve greater results in reading, math, and English comprehension.

Roman Catholic High School for Boys

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Multimedia Learning Lab”

$80,000

To support the World Languages Department’s strategic plan to advance academic rigor and increase individual fluency in foreign languages with specialized software, associated instructor equipment, and 35 student stations.

Hope Partnership for Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Hope Digital Library Project”

$68,500

To provide desktop, laptop, SMART board, cabling, and other technology for students enrolled in Hope’s middle school, graduate support program, and adult education school.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Enrollment Management

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Latino/Hispanic Initiative”

$25,000

To increase the enrollment of Latino/Hispanic students across Archdiocese of Philadelphia elementary and secondary schools through the implementation of the Madrinas Model for ministry to Hispanic populations.

Drexel Neumann Academy

Chester, Pa.

“LabLearner Science Education Program”

$75,000

To provide PreK-8 students with the research-based, comprehensive, hands-on LabLearner science education system consisting of research-grade lab equipment, furniture, storage, curriculum integration, and teacher training.

Office of the Archbishop of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

To provide funding for the Archbishop’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.