Baltimore Corps Newsletter - October 2016
A New Cohort, A New Current
Dear Baltimore Corps friends and family,
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
This quote from Bobby Kennedy offers an apt description of our feeling this October. Though they number, as yet, somewhat less than Kennedy's million centers of energy and daring, the third cohort of Baltimore Corps Fellows are officially here—and have already begun rippling their current throughout Baltimore. As we look eagerly forward to a year in which these Fellows will work together for Baltimore, we hope you will join us in welcoming them. Scroll below to see some of the highlights from orientation week, and keep an eye out for some very busy folks around town.
Team Baltimore Corps
VCL meet Fellow, Fellow meet VCL
During Orientation week, Visionary Cause Leaders (VCLs) had time to sit down and meet their Fellows, some for the first time. Check out some of the new Fellow-VCL pairs below, with a bonus Baltimore Corps staff shot.
"The White L vs. Black Butterfly"
After a full day of exploring Baltimore's neighborhoods and acknowledging similarities and differences, Fellows finished Day 2 at Impact Hub with a presentation from Dr. Lawrence Brown.
His lecture on "The White L vs. Black Butterfly" covered the historical context of discriminatory policies and the role of racial segregation in Baltimore City, and opened a dialogue among Fellows on Baltimore's history and future.
Words of Wisdom from Cohort 2: Panel Discussion
There's no better way to learn about the Fellow experience than for the new cohort to connect with our alumni. Between the laughs, the advice, the passing of business cards and identifying "token-ism," the alumni and current Fellows bonded like old friends.
Our panel included Gabriel Auteri (Baltimore City Health Department), Charlotte James (Code in the Schools), Dominiece Johnson (The Contemporary), and Brian Gerardo (United Way/Baltimore Dance Crews Project)