Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) on Thursday announced a $40,000 Aetna Foundation grant for a nonprofit group that provides after-school programs.

GapBusters operates out of the University of Maryland Center for Educational Partnership — an old public school building in the East Riverdale community — and teaches local student engineering skills by repairing broken bicycles.

The grant will support services — including tutoring and college prep classes — offered at the GapBusters facility, which has grown in recent years as a community center for neighborhood middle and high school students.

Baker said the grant is an example of how his administration’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative is operating in poor communities.

“This is how government should work,” said Baker, still wearing his running gear from his morning jog. “It makes the government smaller for the community by putting the people of ultimate responsibility in the community.”

Each community in the TNI program is overseen by a member of Baker’s executive team who offers updates to Baker and his staff at weekly meetings. The leaders work with civic associations, nonprofit leaders and local businesses to create programs that “elevate” the targeted neighborhoods, Baker said.

“TNI has become the hallmark of this government,” said County Council member Dannielle Glaros (D-Riverdale Park), who represents the district that includes East Riverdale and Bladensburg.