Baltimore Corps' January Newsletter
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Happy New Year!

For many people the turn of the year is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the future. Here at Baltimore Corps, it’s no different. As the new year gets underway, we are excited, refueled, and ready to continue working towards our vision of an equitable Baltimore for all of its residents.

We are thrilled to present our initiatives and collaborations that we have been developing for 2017. A few that we are excited to share today include the our new Elevation Award Recipients, our Faculty Model program, and Place for Purpose, which will connect talented professionals to social impact career opportunities across Baltimore City.

Thank you for all of your continued support, we wouldn’t be here without you!
Fagan Harris 
In Fiscal Year 2016, Baltimore Corps entered into an innovative partnership with ThreadInvested Impact and The Center for Urban Families with the goals of creating a workforce pipeline and scaling collective social impact by leveraging the strengths of each organization. The organizations plan to work within a model of collaboration where sharing is paramount—sharing resources, information, access to talent, and access to networks, as well as coordinating day-to-day to be able to provide services across constituencies. To efficiently facilitate coordination, staff from all four organizations will be housed at TouchPoint Baltimore. Financially supported by corporate partners Whiting Turner and BGE, this will be the first TouchPoint Center of its kind with the goal of scaling the model citywide and potentially nationally once the efficacy of the model is proven.
Now Introducing: Place for Purpose - an initiative that complements the strengths of our flagship Fellowship program by matching Fellowship alumni and talented individuals on different job-seeking timelines than offered with the cohort model to VCLs past and present, who come to Baltimore Corps to fill open roles year round. If successful, we will exponentially grow our footprint in Baltimore's social impact sector -- through the combination of the Fellowship and Place For Purpose, we'll build the robust network that will be the force for more equitable and effective outcomes in our city in our generation. Click here for more information.
In September, Baltimore Corps kicked off the Community Grants Initiative (aka Elevation Awards), which deployed planning grants and tailored support to residents of West Baltimore who are piloting novel approaches to strengthening their community. Today, Baltimore Corps is proud to announce the addition of four more awardees and their initiatives: Aisha DaCosta-I am Okah!, Kimberly Ellis- Breaking Bread, LLC, Ronald Riddick - Community Grocery, and Shannon Epps - Loads of Love.
To learn more about these incredible individuals and their work, click here.
The Baltimore Corps' Faculty are a team of talented professionals with a diverse set of experiences, expertise, and perspectives who will be available in support to our Fellows. The faculty; Jason Israel, Nicole Johnson, Mischa Toland, and Jayson Williams, are deeply committed to the primary goals of the Fellowship program and Baltimore Corps as a whole. Starting this month, the faculty will hold one-on-one sessions with Fellows, facilitate intensive workshops, and use their expertise to expand our mission in their own unique ways.
(Read more)

Don't forget to welcome our three new full-time hires!

Kristin Jurkscheit, Place for Purpose Manger
Moyosore Fakeye, Systems Implementation Manager
Jasper Jones, Partnerships Associate
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