Living Classrooms Foundation has been widely recognized for its innovative methods and results for youth and the community. Support for programming has come from the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Housing & Urban Development, as well as numerous state, local, foundation, and corporate sources. The Foundation has been awarded the honors of Economic Development Organization of the Year by the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Program of the Year by the Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training, and Sea Education Program of the Year by the American Sail Training Association.
The Fresh Start program has been recognized since 1996 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Youth Employment Coalition for providing Promising and Effective Practices for youth. The Bay Buddies program, a partnership with Arc of Baltimore and Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, has received numerous awards: the 2002 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, the 2002 Innovative Program Award from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, and the 2004 Special Appreciation Award from Arc. Also in 2004, Living Classrooms received the Maryland Green Center Award from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, and the Foundation’s Crossroads School was selected by the Knowledge Works Foundation as one of thirteen schools across the country to join the national Schools as Centers of Community Honor Society. The Crossroads School was also awarded the 2004 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award from the City of Baltimore and Greater Baltimore Committee.
In 2005, the Foundation was honored with the Citigroup Salute to Friends of Maryland Education Award, and in 2006, with the Lewis Hines National Award for Service to Children and Youth. In 2009, Living Classrooms received the William S. White Program of Distinction Award and the JHU School of Public Health’s Community Hero Award. In 2011, the Maryland Port Administration received President Obama’s Coastal America Award for environmental restoration efforts and education programming provided by Living Classrooms and partners at Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center. In the same year, Living Classrooms Foundation was named “Best Nonprofit Organization” by the Baltimore City Paper.