Elevation Awards Applications Now Open, Fellow-led Programming at Red Emma's, and more...
Have a community solution? Thinking about applying for an Elevation Award?
Draw inspiration from some of our first awardees' stories...
This past week, we had the distinct honor of celebrating our inaugural group of Elevation Awardees. The day started with each awardee having the opportunity to pitch their programs to potential funders, and ended with a showcase and celebration in which community members had the opportunity to learn how they, too, could get involved.

I am inspired by the multi-faceted community solutions that arose out of our first group of Elevation Awardees, and I am eager to see what new ideas are out there, simply in need of elevation and resourcing. I encourage you to check out the eligibility criteria and further information online, complete the low-barrier application, and encourage community leaders you know to apply, as well!

After the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, then-Mayor Robert McLane spoke of how the "spirit of the people" would rise to the occasion, making the fire a "landmark not of decline, but of progress." Similarly, reflecting a year after the 2015 unrest, Denise Fairchild, Advisor to Island Press Urban Resilience Project, wrote the following in a Huffington Post article: "Baltimore shows us that a dream deferred does not have to fester, dry up, sag or explode. It can be a regenerative tool. It can remind us of our human capacity for resilience...."

I am thankful for the T. Rowe Price Foundation's reflection following the unrest, and I am so honored that, with their support, Baltimore Corps is able to play a small role in this regeneration, elevating Baltimore community leaders with Baltimore community solutions. I look forward to seeing the ideas that come in through this year's Elevation Awards application process!

Fagan Harris
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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.


Evan BehrleOn June 28, Fellow Evan Behrle spoke as part of the "Children's Vision and Eye Care: Coverage, Communities, and Care" panel at the Focus on Eye Health National Summit hosted by Prevent Blindness. As a Fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department, Behrle serves as Special Assistant to the Chiefs of Staff. 

On June 23, Elevation Awardee JaMar Jones hosted a happy hour, publicly introducing Filmmakers Meetup and some of the Meetup's inaugural cohort, as well as showcasing the remodeled room used for programming. Founder of Six Point Pictures in Southwest Baltimore, Jones established Filmmakers Meetup to provide a workshop series and collaborative workspace for filmmakers of color. Check out pictures in our Facebook album...

On June 22, The Baltimore Sun ran an Op-Ed by Fellow Eva Wingren, entitled, "If we want the arts in Baltimore, we need artists." Eva is a Community Investment Fellow with the Baltimore Community Foundation, and a New Economy Maryland Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

On June 20, President & CEO Fagan Harris received the Health Equity Leadership Award from the Baltimore City Health Department.

On June 16, an OpEd appeared in The Hill by Baltimore Corps alum and Associate Director of Health Policy at Cure Violence Matan Zeimer: Violence Should Be Treated as a Health Issue.

Check out the video now available of Fellow Jeremy Pesner's previously noted TEDxHerndon Talk on futurism.

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