Thread, a Baltimore-based, youth-centered nonprofit organization is seeking Grant Writer candidates. The Grant Writer will have primary responsibility for coordinating Thread resources to write compelling proposals to foundation, government, corporate and individual funders. This position will work closely Thread team members to translate Thread’s story and data into grant proposals, and will manage the calendar and process to ensure that highest-quality grant proposals are delivered on time. This position is also responsible for managing grant reporting, and needs to work effectively with Thread staff and resources to ensure accurate and timely responses and reporting to grantmakers.
Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.
Studies have shown that the defining difference between Rust Belt cities that struggled and those that were hotspots of rejuvenation was the structure of social networks. The Thread Community Model brings together a broad cross-section of our city by forming authentic, mutual, and enduring relationships and in turn provides a vehicle for sustained change. Thread believes that the power of relationships—the dynamic web of interconnectedness created when futures are woven together—can end the poverty of isolation and allow both youth and Baltimore to realize their full potential.
Thread is weaving a new social fabric where everyone thrives and which is expanding to connect with even more students, volunteers, and collaborators. Thread currently serves 255 students and alumni with the support of over 800 volunteers and over 175 collaborators and plans to enroll 48 additional students in FY17, as well as continue to increase our annual and total enrollments until we meet our long-term goal of engaging 300 new students each year (5% of every high school freshman class across Baltimore). This expansion and evolution requires that Thread be nimble and innovative, and leverage identified opportunities in a way that is congruent with our values and core competencies.
While we believe that relationships are the key to creating true accountability and sustained action in a community, forming and maintaining relationships is challenging. The Thread Community Model facilitates relationships by driving TouchPoints, points of contact and interaction, between students, volunteers, and collaborators. Imagine a series of concentric circles. At the center is one student: a student who, since birth, has known what it means to live within the bottom quartile of many statistical scales—income, GPA, and the array of measures we use to assess opportunity. The circle closest to the student is the immediate Thread Family—comprised of up to five university and community-based volunteers committed to doing whatever it takes to customize support, whether that means providing rides to school or packing lunches, spending a Saturday studying for mid-terms or assisting a student with finding alternative housing after an eviction. Thread Families are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Thread students remain in the program for 10 years. In the next circle moving outward, Thread staff and Resource Teams provide expert support and programs that engage students for up to 12 hours per day, in activities such as tutoring, SAT and college preparation, community service, workforce readiness and employment. This program circle connects to existing resources in the outermost circle, extending far into the community. Now imagine lines that connect everyone in every circle to one another. That’s Thread!
Team members at Thread are hard- and smart-working, collaborative, curious, passionate, gritty, strategic and resilient. We meet people where they are. We go all in with care, compassion, and empathy. We believe small acts make a big difference. We trust each other to be sincere, reliable and competent. The outcomes Thread has achieved are exemplary. However, the road to excellence is peppered with iterative learning. We make mistakes often and fail frequently, but we learn from our mistakes and continue to tenaciously try and try again. We are about building communities of responsibility and have high expectations of students, volunteers, collaborators, and staff. We believe that each human being has a purpose in life and have found that individuals living on purpose have discovered the intersection of their skills, passion, and what the world needs. The journey to find this intersection, one’s dot, is often simultaneously exhilarating and difficult. Thread creates a safe and challenging space for all individuals in our community—students, volunteers, collaborators, and staff— to find their dot through deep reflection, honest feedback, and in-depth coaching.