Operating Grant to Yleana Leadership Foundation FY2024


The Fiscal Year 2024 State Budget includes an operating grant to Yleana Leadership Foundation. Yleana Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization serving minority and low-income students in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yleana Leadership Academy model of support harnesses the power of human connection, building durable networks of resources and community-based volunteers to support mentorship programs; with the aim of improving educational outcomes, economic, and career readiness outcomes. The YLA model of mentorship and support for students has a proven track record of success, with higher graduation rates, higher SAT scores, transition to postsecondary, and postsecondary completion rates.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on July 31, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Thursday, August 31, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Session

MSDE will hold one customer service support session for interested applicants. During this session, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process. The session will be on:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Monday, August 14, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

MSDE staff will also be available to provide technical assistance throughout the grant application process. Contact Ruth McLean-Foster at ruth.mclean-foster2@maryland.gov with questions related to the Yleana Leadership Academy Operating Grant.

This funding opportunity, including all attachments and updates, can be downloaded from the MSDE Office of Grants Administration and Compliance website.


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact:

Ruth McLean-Foster
Grants Manager
Maryland State Department of Education