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What’s new at Strong City and Beyond

From left to right: Sha-Shonna Rogers, Zion Olibris, Laya Neelakandan, and Faith Ngundi This summer Strong City is hosting four Bank of America Student Leaders. Our leaders are from local high schools and join 220 other students around the country in a paid, eight-week internship that includes professional development and a Student Leader Summit in Washington, D.C. With summer coming to a close, we asked the leaders to reflect on their time at Strong City.
University Baptist Church in Charles Village, a past member of the Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance. Strong City Baltimore CEO Karen D. Stokes likes to say that great things often start in church basements. The first Strong City Neighborhood Institute, back in 2007, was held in one. The organizing work that Strong City did in Remington had its origins in meetings at Guardian Angel Episcopal Church. And for 30 years, the Adult Learning Center has operated
Baltimore Corps Fellows from 2018 Many in this city are familiar with the remarkable success of Baltimore Corps, which in just five years has established itself as a powerful force for social change in Baltimore, with a focus on leadership and talent development, especially for communities of color.  What they may not know is that Strong City has been with Baltimore Corps since its very first steps as the initiative’s fiscal sponsor. Since its inception in 2013, Baltimore Corps has operated under Strong
Strong City recently expanded on its already strong relationships with Baltimore’s Judy Centers – early childhood programs housed in a number of Baltimore City Public Schools. Last month, we held an orientation for six Judy Center Coordinators who were either starting a fiscally sponsored project with us or receiving new services.  Strong City now supports Judy Centers at seven elementary schools: Liberty, Arlington, Curtis Bay, Harford Heights, Moravia, Arundel, and Eutaw Marshburn; and one elementary/middle
Strong City recently welcomed eight new fiscally sponsored projects as part of our first-ever “Start Up Track.” The new projects in our 2019 Spring Start Up Track are: ART Inside/Out, Arts + Parks, BLISS Meadows, The Charin Foundation (Take the Lead), ConnectED, Higher Ground Harm Reduction, the Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, and Women With CLASS. The Start Up Track  improves on Strong City’s former method of bringing in new fiscally sponsored projects that are in