"Those of us at Baltimore Corps know Baltimore is 'the best place in the world to change the world.' ...
"Baltimore is ripe for social innovation and has the potential to emerge as a city at the forefront of dismantling systems of oppression. We understand that this will not happen without a clear focus on the principles that lead to enduring change: by empowering those closest to the problems facing our communities, shifting how we deploy resources, and remembering that positive impact requires collaboration at all levels, we are well on our way to making this a reality. In 20 years, we envision a city that disrupts the intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequity that has locked out entire communities from opportunity for generations. We invite you to be part of this history-in-the-making."
The University of Maryland School of Social Work and Baltimore Child Abuse Center hosted a screening of the film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope," a documentary about the biology of Adverse Child Experiences and efforts in public health, education, and medicine to prevent and treat childhood trauma. Following the screening, representatives of nonprofit and community-based organizations, as well as city and state agencies, spoke about their youth trauma efforts in a panel discussion. Baltimore Corps Fellow and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Kathleen Goodwin, represented the work of the Baltimore City Health Department. [via BmoreHealthy newsletter]
Fagan is the President and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that enlists talent to advance social innovation in Baltimore and establish a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice. Fagan’s firm sense of place in Baltimore came as a result of his parents moving to the area after facing hostility as an interracial couple in the South. Set on addressing the uprootedness and racial injustice he’d experienced, Fagan’s story below gives insight into how he operates Baltimore Corps and his drive for doing so.