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By Mike Cross-Barnet When AZIZA/PE&CE received the award for “Project to Watch” at Strong City Baltimore’s 11th annual Neighborhood Institute on April 14th, a lot of people learned its intriguing name for the first time. If founder Saran Fossett has her way, many more will soon be hearing about the organization she runs with Shawn Lemmon, a multifaceted mentoring program for young people with a focus on fashion, entrepreneurship, and health. AZIZA/PE&CE, a fiscally sponsored
By Robyn Githui Sweet 27 has been a staple in the Remington neighborhood for over eight years. When I arrived at the café on West 27th Street, the bright orange and yellow exterior stood out in this otherwise residential area. Over the years, the funky exterior colors have changed, but the overall atmosphere has not. Although Sweet 27 is mainly known for its eclectic, gluten-free menu, its employee-friendly practices and community-first philosophy also set it
Encouraging fear and hatred of immigrants goes against everything Strong City Baltimore stands for. Our mission is building and strengthening neighborhoods and people in Baltimore. Immigrants make our nation and our city stronger. Refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable populations; refusing to help them when we can is heartless. Facts and history demonstrate that we have little to fear from newcomers to our shores, and a great deal to be gained from their presence
In July 2015, three months after the Baltimore Uprising that drew national attention to our city, the Corporation for National and Community Service approached Strong City with the unique opportunity to host a group of AmeriCorps VISTA service members in Baltimore. This goal of this group would be to build capacity and improve the effectiveness of, and connections among, youth programs and services in Baltimore to address youth violence prevention and workforce development, with a
Andre Mazelin’s goal in life was not to own a coffeehouse. He was happy enough in his job as Operations Director for the Creative Alliance. But when he saw the “for rent” sign on the former Red Emma’s building at the corner of St. Paul and Madison streets in his neighborhood of Mount Vernon, he was intrigued. “It was a very raw space, but I saw the potential with where it was – a great corner in a great neighborhood,” Mazelin