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Dear Baltimore Corps friends and family,
What a year for Baltimore Corps and what a year for creative solutions. At this time last year, we were just beginning our campaign to find the second class of Baltimore Corps Fellows and Visionary Cause Leaders. Not yet halfway through the Fellowship year, we have seen their hard work paying dividends throughout Baltimore's communities: from training thousands to administer a life-saving drug, to building safer play spaces for children, to dozens of other initiatives enhancing opportunities for families and young people.
In what continues to be a defining era for Baltimore, we know our work is only beginning. Together we can make this city a central address, not just for talent development, but also for solutions to the nation's most significant challenges. As we begin recruitment this month for our third class of Baltimore Corps Fellows and Visionary Cause Leaders, we look forward to a year of even more growth and innovation. We hope you will be here with us.
Second Class of Baltimore Corps Fellows Begin Work
This September marked the beginning for most of the second class of Baltimore Corps Fellows. We have over 30 Fellows (up from nine last year) placed in 22 cause-leading organizations spanning the fields of education, workforce development, health and others. To meet the full class, view their full profiles here: http://www.baltimorecorps.org/fellows
Below are links to some of the press concerning and original articles by Baltimore Corps Fellows and staff in recent months. Click the title of each piece to read the article in a new tab.
9/16 – Fagan Harris: Nurturing Baltimore’s Best
9/30 – Baltimore Corps featured: Be Fearless Spotlight: Baltimore Corps
10/28 – Paul Mincarelli: Building a STEM Ecosystem in Baltimore
10/30 – Sarah MacFadden: Legal Observers Help Monitor Police
11/2 - Brian Gerardo and Meryam Bouadjemi were named OSI-Baltimore 2015 Community Fellows
11/17 – Kevin Easterly: Bringing Vibrant Skill Back in Baltimore (page 46)
12/4 – Matan Zeimer: The “Cure” to Ending Violence in Baltimore
12/27 – Baltimore Corps featured: Could Baltimore become “best place in the world to change the world?”
1/20 - Lizzy Unger: Rally Against Violence: United for Change
1/29 - Charlotte James: Innovative Baltimore Youth, Innovative Baltimore City
We've been fortunate to draw the interest of some national storytellers in the past few months. The first video, courtesy of Emerson Collective, offers a closer look at some of our Fellows and our Visionary Cause Leaders at CUPs Coffeehouse.
The second video is Episode 3 of the Huffington Post and AOL's new series, "Now What With Ryan Duffy," which explores innovative solutions to important problems across the country. This installment, titled "Rebuilding Baltimore," features Baltimore Corps, Thread and the Barclay Investment Corporation.
Play More B'More
The Play More B’More initiative engages local youth to revitalize their communities. Highlighted by three volunteer-driven playground builds on October 24th (at Gilmor Elementary, LIGHT Health and Wellness and Tench Tilghman Elementary), Play More B’More has engaged hundreds of youth from Baltimore neighborhoods as interns and volunteers to create a kid-friendly city filled with opportunities to play. Putting kids first in Baltimore, watch the video below for an overview of the initiative and the historic build day:
Play More B’More is staffed by Baltimore Corps Fellows Cirron Greenidge and Rashaad Whitfield, as well as staff member Cortnie Belser. Partners of the initiative include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KaBOOM!, Baltimore City Public Schools, OneBaltimore, Playworld and NBA star Rudy Gay.
Now Recruiting 2016-17 Visionary Cause Leaders
Do you work for (or know of) an organization creating transformative social change here in Baltimore? At Baltimore Corps, we recruit elite professional talent to help develop, expand and lead the most impactful work currently underway in Baltimore City. If you're interested in becoming a Visionary Cause Leader and partnering with Baltimore Corps in 2016-17, apply today: Link to Application.
Get to know us! For more details about the program and to meet our team, we invite you to attend our information session on February 16th: Link on Eventbrite.
Doing our best to keep pace with the expansion of our Fellowship class and cadre of Visionary Cause Leaders, we have welcomed some fresh faces to the Baltimore Corps staff team:
LAST WORD: As we look to increase our impact in Baltimore, we are working to better understand key strategic priorities. If you're interested in helping us identify the opportunities to create the biggest change, please fill out this brief survey: