Strong City Baltimore takes a holistic approach to building and strengthening neighborhoods and people.
We do not believe in quick fixes to complex problems. Over 45 years of experience has shown us that lasting change is achieved by supporting neighborhood leaders, fostering civic engagement, and building community. Strong City’s programs and partnerships increase individuals’ capacity to succeed.
We make people stronger.
Our Adult Learning Center is the second-largest citywide provider of adult basic education and ESOL classes.
The 29th Street Community Center, which had been closed by the city in 2011, was reopened by Strong City in 2013 and is thriving, with 450 adults and children enrolled weekly in its programs – 70 percent of which are led by community residents.
We make organizations stronger.
As the fiscal sponsor for 110 local organizations, Strong City partners with change-makers throughout the city, from small groups like Friends of Stony Run to complex social enterprises such as Impact Hub in Station North and the Greater Baybrook Alliance in South Baltimore.
As the largest sponsor of AmeriCorps VISTA members in Maryland, Strong City’s influence extends to dozens more nonprofits and government agencies.
The Club at Collington Square is an after school and summer program currently serving 90 children in the Collington Square neighborhood of East Baltimore. The program emphasizes student voice and leadership and provides a highly structured program of academics, enrichment, play and homework help.
One of our priorities is housing revitalization, with an emphasis on reducing vacancies. When Strong City began its targeted code enforcement in 2008, there were more than 800 vacant buildings in our focus area; by the end of 2014, there were fewer than 400. Since 2007, this work has generated more than $20 million in private investment.
Our Community Wealth Building Initiative nurtures quality, people-centered job opportunities centered around strong, connected neighborhood enterprises, creating an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally-rooted and broadly-held ownership.
Strong City’s partnership with the Healthy Neighborhoods program helps increase homeownership with access to low-interest loans and incentives.
Strong City’s site-based community school coordinators support teachers, administrators and parents to augment services, identify resources, and help schools become neighborhood hubs.
Our advocacy work resulted in a brand-new Waverly Elementary/Middle School building, and as a founding member and fiscal sponsor of the Baltimore Education Coalition, we helped turn the dream of a $1 billion state investment in city public schools into a reality.
We make Baltimore stronger.
Although our work is diversified, it is unified: all of Strong City Baltimore’s activities have the common purpose of making our city’s people and neighborhoods stronger – all over the city.
Our Impact and Partnerships Map helps tell the story of our organization, as we consider the history and barriers behind the neighborhoods where we offer services, and those where we currently do not, while also highlighting the interconnectivity between Strong City programs and partner organizations. The map does not tell the story of the deeper, nuanced relationships and stories in each of these locations, but it opens the door for high-level conversations about our organization, and our work.
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