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Vanessa Williams can spare a moment – but just a moment – to let you know how things are going at The Club at Collington Square, the Strong City-run youth development program in East Baltimore where she serves as director. You can forgive her for feeling a bit harried. During the school year, things are busy enough for her, with about 92 students (The Club calls them “scholars”) attending enriching after-school weekdays from 3 to
What does a community school coordinator do when school’s out for the summer? Plenty. Just ask Annie Weber, CSC at Guilford Elementary/Middle School and one of the newest Strong City staff members. Annie began her job on June 4, and she’s been learning that although the school year is now over, a community school coordinator’s work never is. CSCs function as a school’s connective tissue: helping families locate resources ranging from food assistance to social
Young campers exchange a “Peace Camp handshake.” It’s Monday morning on a warm July day, and the A/C is out of commission. You might expect a group of several dozen kids – ages 6 to 13 – gathered upstairs at the 29th Street Community Center to be a bit cranky or restless, possibly both. Yet, as they are called to gather in a circle along with a half-dozen adults at 9:30 a.m., the mood in
When Strong City’s Adult Learning Center holds its annual Achievement Night on Tuesday, June 12th, you can count on Joyce Bates being there. She passed all four sections of the GED last year – in fact, she’s had her diploma since August. But she says she wouldn’t miss the chance to return to the ALC and celebrate along with the other adult learners who’ve reached educational milestones since last year’s Achievement Night. For the past
By Mike Cross-Barnet Baltimore native Farajii Muhammad has founded a youth-run, youth-serving nonprofit; become a local media personality, first with a weekly and now with a WEAA daily radio show; spoken and presented workshops at national events; and worked with youth at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). And he’s just getting started – he’s only 39. Muhammad’s newest role: Barclay Community Builder for Strong City Baltimore. After the many hats he’s worn, what attracted