Many students in the Baltimore City Public School system experience the consequences of social isolation, including chronic absenteeism, course failure, and an increased risk of high school dropout. Thread works to create a web of family support with deep connection to each student by connecting each participant with 4 committed volunteers. This "Thread Family" commits to doing whatever it takes to support their young person and one another. This support is available 365 days/ year, 24 hours/ day, from rides to school, to tutoring, to buying groceries for a student whose family is facing food scarcity, to simply serving as a friend and shoulder to lean on. Thread Families aim to build a deep foundation of trust with their students and their families and each other by modeling consistent communication and persistence in every interaction. Despite having an average incoming GPA below 1.0, Thread students outperform their peers with 71% graduating in four years as of June 2019.
BWGC funds supports general program expenses.