Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

What’s new at Strong City and Beyond

Greenmount Avenue is one of Baltimore’s most important north-south corridors. It once was a thriving hub of commercial activity and civic life – and could be so again, thanks to investments the city is making and the advocacy work of community members and Strong City Baltimore. Greenmount touches several neighborhoods where Strong City has done neighborhood and school-based organizing work – including Harwood, Barclay, and Greenmount West – and is just a mile from our
Efforts to revitalize once-thriving East Baltimore took a big step forward this week with the completion of financial arrangements to renovate the Hoen Lithograph Building in the Collington Square neighborhood. When work is completed in early 2020, the Hoen Building will house anchor tenant Strong City Baltimore, the nonprofit partner in this renovation and, it is hoped, eventual owner of the property. Other major tenants will include Associated Builders and Contractors — Baltimore, which will
Strong City: How did the idea for the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund come about? Danielle Torain: In 2015, the Youth Fund was proposed following the Baltimore Uprising, and in 2016 it was voted into establishment. The Uprising was a moment that shed light on the issue of a lack of equity and access, on the community level, to a range of resources. The issue was, how do you get more capital to community-based groups
Year after year, Breai Mason-Campbell taught African dance to first-graders in Sandtown-Winchester. Year after year, on the first day of school, she would begin by asking the children to tell her what they knew about Africa. And year after year, Mason-Campbell received the same depressing response. “Always, they would say, ‘Africa is poor and dirty,’” Mason-Campbell recalls. As African-Americans, she says, “What does that say about our self-esteem?” That experience is one of the reasons
Blair Franklin envisions a day when there is little need for homeless services for Baltimore City youth. As Executive Director of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center, he leads an organization whose mission statement says it “prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth and ally partnerships.” That’s the ultimate goal, but for now, Baltimore’s only drop-in program for youth experiencing homelessness is trying to reach more of the city’s 1,600 youth