Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Making the Most of Your Higher Eds” – A Panel Discussion

If your community is looking to ensure successful partnerships with local higher education anchor institutions, “Making the Most of Your Higher Eds”, a panel discussion led by representatives from Loyola University; Goucher College; and University of Maryland, Baltimore is for you. To participate in this workshop, and many others, register here.

A thank-you card from Margaret Brent students, sent to GHCC for our role in leveraging funding from anchor institution, Johns Hopkins University, for renovations to the school.

On the right, a card from Barclay School students, thanking GHCC for our role in securing funding from local Higher Ed, Johns Hopkins University, for renovations made to Barclay and Margaret Brent. On the left, the Margaret Brent’s renovated facade.

Universities can be a tremendous asset for surrounding neighborhoods. Their resources and economic leverage can support a diverse range of improvements, including after-school programming, workforce development, neighborhood planning, physical development, and more. Local communities can benefit from partnering with colleges for student interns, class field placements, and capital investments. However, university bureaucracies can also be notoriously difficult to navigate; it can be unclear who to contact for which resource and how to promote active collaboration.

In Baltimore, we are lucky to have several world-class colleges and universities within the City limits. In this workshop, panelists from Loyola University, Goucher College, and University of Maryland, Baltimore will share the innovative ways their universities are supporting surrounding neighborhoods. Come to this presentation to learn how you can connect with ongoing programming and navigate the university bureaucracy.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “So Many Liquor Stores, So Little Space” by Cassie Greisen

If your neighborhood is looking to address problems of alcohol outlet density and nuisance, “So Many Liquor Stores, So Little Space” led by Cassie Greisen, will help you learn new strategies for addressing these issues. To participate in this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

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Cassie Greisen

Alcohol outlets that engage in dangerous and illegal serving practices contribute to a wide variety of neighborhood problems. Communities across the United States are using planning and zoning as a complement to the state liquor licensing process to address alcohol outlet density and nuisance. This workshop will discuss the status of Baltimore’s zoning rewrite, the history of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, and its recent reform.

Led by Cassie Greisen, a program manager at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, this workshop will explore how to diverse neighborhoods are working to address problem alcohol outlets in their communities. Representatives from York Road Partnership and Federal Hill Neighborhood Association will share strategies that were used in their recent liquor struggles.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Internet for All” by Philip Spevak

If you are interested in bringing high-speed, low-cost internet to all Baltimore residents, “Internet for All” led by Philip Spevak, this workshop is for you! To participate in this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Phil Spevak of the Baltimore Broadband Coalition (photo by Nicole Martin, courtesy of the Baltimore Messenger).

Phil Spevak of the Baltimore Broadband Coalition (photo by Nicole Martin, courtesy of the Baltimore Messenger).

The internet is an integral part in our lives. On a neighborhood level, it provides access to information that can accelerate community development and improve our local economy. On an individual level, internet connections are vital for finding jobs and researching key support structures. Unfortunately, internet connectivity in Baltimore is slower and more expensive than many other networks in US cities; many of our neighbors cannot afford internet access needed to improve their quality of life. For these reasons, several neighborhoods have begun working together to help bring internet competition to Baltimore.

The Baltimore Broadband Coalition provides a case study in successful city-wide advocacy. This workshop will expand your understanding of the broadband issue in your neighborhood and share how you can get involved with the Coalition. In addition, the presentation will share tips and tricks for creating a sustainable, city-wide advocacy movement.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Spotlight – Youth Development

nawalNawal Rajeh of By Peaceful Means will lead an interactive workshop session that shows how neighborhood youth can be an asset for you community. The session will include common strategies for dealing with youth and brainstorm ways to involve teens in local problem solving.

Tell us about your background and why you chose to lead this particular workshop?

I am an educator and community activist who is passionate about the need for a rising role of youth as leaders in the community. I have been part of running a Peace Camp in Baltimore City for the past 7 years and through that experience have become more inspired and energized by the our youth’s ability to turn ideas into action. They never cease to amaze me and I hope that they will continue to effect change in their communities and be supported with larger roles and resources to continue being change agents.

What do you hope participants will gain from attending your workshop? What actions will they be more prepared to take?

My hope is that those attending my workshop will become inspired by the realities of what youth have to offer our communities through their energy, passion, and work for social change. We will learn together to see youth as innovators and brainstorm ways for their greater involvement and leadership on the most pressing issues facing our communities.

Why do you love most about living in Baltimore?

I moved to Baltimore in 2006 as a Jesuit Volunteer and fell in love with the city. Though I no longer live in Baltimore, it is still one of my favorite cities. There is a sense of community in Baltimore that is unmatched in other places. There are issues, and there are people everywhere willing to do the hard work to improve their communities. Plus there really is something about Baltimore that makes it “Charm City” that is difficult to express with words!

GHCC is pleased to serve as the fiscal sponsor for By Peaceful Means.  During its 2013 summer Peace Camp, By Peaceful Means provided positive programming in peace-building and conflict resolution for 30 youth in Baltimore City.

Tickets to the 7th Neighborhood Institute are sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Emma Simpson at espimpson@strongcitybaltimore.org with the subject line “Neighborhood Institute Waiting List”


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Spotlight – Ensure Equitable Development

As an active community member, it can be difficult to negotiate with large businesses and property owners. Kelly Pfeifer of the Community Law Center will share some of the legal tools available to residents, such as Community Benefits Agreements, that help promote more equitable neighborhood development.

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Tell us about your background and why you chose to lead this particular workshop?

I am the Supervising Attorney at Community Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides legal representation to Baltimore’s community associations and nonprofits. My work focuses on assisting community organizations with concerns about development in their neighborhoods, ranging from representation at zoning hearings to negotiating community benefits agreements. I believe CBAs are underutilized tools and would love to see more of them come to fruition, empowering Baltimore’s communities along the way.

What do you hope participants will gain from attending your workshop? What actions will they be more prepared to take?

Participants will learn about equitable development and community benefits agreements. Specifically, participants will learn what CBAs are, how they are negotiated, what terms they should include, how communities should engage developers in talks about CBAs, and how to build coalitions for the purpose of entering into CBAs. Participants will be prepared to build CBA coalitions and know how to take steps toward implementing CBAs in their neighborhoods.

Why do you love most about living in Baltimore?

I love that Baltimore is a city of diverse and varied neighborhoods.

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