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Village Learning Place Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Education, Libraries, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of the VLP is to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and lifelong learning through access for all ages to information, resources, and educational programs. The VLP’s vision is to be a model library, a leader in providing high-quality educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources in Charles Village and throughout Baltimore City. The VLP will strengthen the surrounding neighborhood by serving as an anchoring institution, a symbol of local pride, and a gathering place for a diverse community. We promote a learning-oriented culture that is friendly, welcoming, and supportive of the success and well-being of every person.

Results: In 2007, the Village Learning Place was named as one of the nation’s select 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) through the Maryland State Department of Education. This competitive, three-year federal grant has allowed us to launch a community-wide initiative, called Let’s Invest in Neighborhood Kids (LINK). In 2008, Charles Village was named one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association, which cited the neighborhood’s “strong and dedicated activist community, economic and social diversity, and memorable character” in its award. The VLP is proud to call Charles Village home and to partner with its neighbors in building and maintaining a strong community. In 2010, the VLP’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant was renewed for three more years, a recognition of outstanding growth since 2007 and a vote of confidence in our future. With this support, we are able to expand our LINK program to serve preschool and high school students, providing “cradle to gown” programs for our kids.

Geographic areas served: Charles Village, Baltimore, MD

Programs: 2nd Wednesdays, Adultlescent Effort, Baltimore History Evenings, Grace Darin Memorial Lecture Series, LINK (Let's Invest In Neighborhood Kids) After School and Summer, Pre-GED class, Read Between the Wines, Senior Tea, Tots Tuesdays, Spaghetti Disco

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Rating: 5

The Village Learning Place (VLP) is one of my favorite nonprofit organizations in Baltimore. They are a critical resource, providing education and other types of support services and activities for children, adults and seniors. More importantly, they do so with flair! Their programs are very high quality, and their staff are consistently highly creative, which makes the programs/activities even more entertaining! I have volunteered with the VLP in multiple capacities (teaching GED classes, staffing booths at fairs, helping plan and implement special events, etc.), and have always felt that my time was being used productively, and I always have fun! From their after school program, to their GED classes, Spaghetti Disco, Adultlescent Trivia Nights, Senior Teas, active library, and more, the VLP is a shining gem of Baltimore's Charles Village community.