During the grand opening of its new office in Baltimore on Sept. 10, Child First Authority celebrated a $15,000 Verizon Foundation grant to support after-school programs for youth at various public schools in Baltimore City.

“The Child First STEMulated Minds” program is a hands-on thematic curriculum targeting literacy and math instruction through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines and topics.

Founded in 1996, Child First Authority aims to develop youth by strengthening and reforming schools. The group partners with 17 city school and serves 1,300 students attending after-school care. To date, the organization has served more than 10,000 Baltimore City students.