We Enhance the Public School Experience

Our goal is to increase academic readiness, stamina, and outcomes; improve student confidence and self-value; and to link student social-emotional awareness and behavior with improved and practiced responses and conduct. Our focus is to support and coach students through moments of stress, self-doubt, and self-sabotage.

Our program is designed to help underserved youth develop and build life skills through the participation in STEM project-based projects, athletic activities, and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions with an emphasis on social-emotional awareness and development.

Our integrate program delivers:

  • a student-centered focus on skills building to drive academic engagement, competence, and completion
  • a supportive athletic environment that encourages competition and collaboration to build self-confidence and team connection
  • an alternative social-emotional approach to personal discovery and social interaction through equine therapy focused on strategies and practices for communication, problem solving and conflict resolution.

The ElmSeed Foundation works with a coalition of educators, coaches, mentors, counselors, and organizations to help youth recognize their potential to achieve greater personal and academic outcomes.

Key to our Foundation mission and value, students will participate in all three of the programs which will contribute to the success of building new skills.

2011 – 2012
2012 – 2013
2013 – 2014
2014 – 2015
2015 – 2016

Dropout Rate Data Provided by: Advocates for Children and Youth  Location: Maryland

Student Participation:

At this time, we accept students from third (3rd) to fifth (5th) grade . Students in the program will be separated into female and male only groups for equine assisted learning sessions. Students will be placed into working groups with same grade participants. A working groups is defined as seven (7) students.

Method & Approach:

Initial enrollment and participation: We work with local public schools in the Baltimore school system to enroll students. Students enter the program on a volunteer basis. Students, with the consent of a parent or legal guardian, will complete and sign a participation enrollment form and waiver.

Continued enrollment: It is our goal that students participate in the program during the school year and continue and learn to mentor younger students during the summer program.

Integrated Platform:

Based on current academic grade, students will be working on age-appropriate project-based learning assignments. The project-based curriculum will be developed, delivered and refined based on continuous improvement best practices by The ElmSeed Foundation Academic Board of Advisors and contributors. We have established partnerships with local private schools to enhance our skills and learning program.

The Athletic program is gender neutral. We have selected a diverse and popular set of sports and physical activities that serve and challenge both male and female students. Our Foundation will work with existing organizations and nonprofits to provide skilled coaches and trainers.

The Equine Assisted Learning program is provided by mental health professionals and equine specialists who are certified and licensed in the fields of equine assisted learning (EAL) and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP).

Students will not be riding the horses during these sessions. Based on a lesson plan, they will be working with the specialists, as a group, to perform activities and discussing their observations, feelings and lessons learned.

Paths for students entering into the program:

  1. 2017 Summer Pilot Program -Four week pilot from July 10th through August 4th
  2. 2018 Fall After School Program
  3. 2019 Spring After School Program
  4. Parent Jumpstart Program (Weekend Sessions)

Getting to the Programs:

Transportation for students is free and will be provided by a coach service to and from the programs.


Lunch, snacks and beverages are provided free to students.


Free. All services and support are free to students through grants, fund raising, and donations.


Definitions: The number and percent of students dropping out of school in grades 9 through 12 for any reason, except death, before graduation or completion of a Maryland approved educational program and who are not known to enroll in another school or state-approved program during the school year. The year is defined as July through June and includes students dropping out over the summer and students dropping out of evening high school and other alternative programs. Students who re-enter school during the same year in which they dropped out of school are not counted as dropouts.

The dropout rate is computed by dividing the number of dropouts by the total number of students served in grades 9 – 12.

Data Source: Maryland State Department of Education; Summary of Attendance, Maryland Public Schools 2013-2014

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Promote School-Based Behavioral Health ACY.org

Students throughout the state have significant unmet behavioral health needs. To succeed in school, they need ready access to mental health care, substance use prevention, and programs to promote well-being. When children’s social-emotional-behavioral needs are met, they encounter fewer barriers to learning and teachers experience more productive classroom instruction.


March 3, 2015
ACY helped create the report titled “Community-Partnered School Behavioral Health: State of the Field in Maryland” as part of the School Behavioral Health Coalition.  ACY’s Kate Rabb and Neha Trivedi are working with advocates from Maryland Disability Law Center and the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and also with Public Policy Partners to identify ways to implement recommendations in the report.

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