Upcoming Info Sessions, Celebrating Matches, and more...
While the summer means down time for many, we're actually sending this monthly newsletter early because there's so much going on, we didn't want you to miss anything. 

We're coming to the close of matching season, and are so excited to introduce to you our new cohort of Fellows and the Visionary Cause Leaders with whom they're matched  in September, when orientation will be underway.

But even as we prepare for the next cohort of Fellows, our current cohort is ending their year strong, from a Fellow-led public program on equitable development (see below) to the final workshop in the Fellows' Race & Equity Season, we are certainly celebrating our current class of Fellows and looking forward to engaging them in our alumni network and seeing what they do next.

If this past weekend's Artscape and Baltimore Data Day earlier in the month are any indication (see #ICYMI), we're in for great things as our growing network of Fellows, Visionary Cause Leaders, Elevation Awardees, and alumni actively engage in this amazing Baltimore that we know to be "the best place in the world to change the world!" I am continually grateful for this network of individuals committed to strengthening our city, through advancing equity and increasing sector effectiveness.

Fagan Harris

Wednesday, July 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Red Emma's | 20 W. North Ave. | Baltimore, MD 21201
RSVP to eva.wingren@gmail.com

This panel discussion — organized by Baltimore Corps Fellows and featuring speakers from the Baltimore Housing Round Table, the financial services sector, and more — attempts to build a shared analysis of how to differentiate between gentrification and community economic development in the Baltimore context, and take action to prevent the losses that have happened in other cities. Light refreshments will be provided.
Applications are now open for the 201718 Elevation Awards grant cycle. Elevation Awards provide planning grants of $10,000 and personalized support to people of color with lived experience in #Baltimore City who are piloting novel approaches to strengthen communities within #BaltimoreCity.

Join us at one of our three information sessions across the city to learn more and get answers to any questions you might have.
Thursday, July 27
5:30—6:30 p.m.
Center for Urban Families
2201 N. Monroe St., Rm. 139
Baltimore, MD 21217
  Wednesday, August 2
5:30—6:30 p.m.
TouchPoint Baltimore - Mondawmin
2401 Liberty Heights Ave., Ste. 2730
Baltimore, MD 21215
Thursday, August 3
5:30—6:30 p.m.
Open Works
1400 Greenmount Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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ArtscapeThis past weekend, the Baltimore Corps extended network was well-represented at Artscape, from former-Fellows-turned-Visionary Cause Leaders at Code in the Schools and Baltimore Dance Crews Project, to Elevation Awardee Michelle Antoinette Nelson.

Leave it to Elevation Awardee Wendy Camilla Blackwell to ensure art wasn't just happening at Artscape, but also in West Baltimore, where she worked with kids to create and share original artist trading cards and a story, while enjoying a snack. Every participant also received a sketch book to create more art over the summer.
Wendy Blackwell art in the community
On July 17 & 20, Fellow Precious Blake presented at MICA on effective cover letter and resume writing for creatives.

On July 17, Elevation Awardee Brittany Young and her B-360 team were back in the lab at Liberty Recreation Center, learning how a Baltimore dirt bike rider engineered his own bike and competes as the only paraplegic motor cross rider in the world.

Baltimore Corps' extended network also was well-represented in conjunction with Baltimore Data Day on July 14. The day was hosted by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA), run by Visionary Cause Leader Seema Iyer. Speakers included Fellow David Fakunle (Baltimore City Health Department), Visionary Cause Leaders Ganesha Martin (Baltimore City Police Department) and Michelle Geiss (Impact Hub), and Alumna Christine Hwang (BNIA).

Code in Schools Innovation and Entrepreneurship panelOn July 14, Visionary Partner Organization Code in the Schools hosted a panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which included Fellow C. Harvey and Alumnus Jermaine Bell.

July 14 also saw Baltimore Corps staff traveling to Washington College, where high school students from across the state participating in the Advanced Leadership Seminar presented on their project looking at issues of gentrification, education, transportation, and redlining.

Wendy Blackwell and Kim EllisOn July 11, Code in the Schools' overdose prevention app, Bad Batch, was featured on WJZ.

On July 8, 2016-17 Elevation Awardee Wendy Camilla Blackwell hosted her first "Sip & Paint" at fellow Awardee Kimberly Ellis' Breaking Bread restaurant. 

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings
with the Baltimore Corps network!