Our mission is to provide resources, free and low-cost programming, and relationship building year-round for youth and families in our community and Baltimore.
A community hub
We strive to serve as a hub for community members to be able to grow their programs and businesses while creating pipelines for the youth in our community to realize their full potential by providing afterschool and summer programming as well as employment and leadership opportunities.
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Operations During COVID-19
Hosting a 5-week pilot summer program for 17 students grades K through 8th from 12 pm to 4 pm. Serving as a virtual work site for Youth Works. Providing meal pick-up, supplies, and STEM and art activity take home kits for community families.
29th Street Community Summer Report
The 29th Street Community Center reopened for the first time during the pandemic on Monday, July 13th for its five-week summer program for 3rd-8th graders that was held each weekday from 12:00-4:00. The Center’s summer program included activities such as tutoring, STEM, non-competitive skilled based sports, and arts and crafts. Our original goal for enrollment was to enroll 15 students, however by the end of the summer we had 21 students enrolled.
The Center’s main goal for this summer was to limit the risk of infection for staff and participants. After five weeks of operations, we are grateful to report that there were zero reported cases of infection.
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The 29th Street Community Center is a story of hope and renewal.
In 2011, what was then the Barclay Recreation Center at 300 E. 29th St., next door to the Barclay School, was closed by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. After years of underuse, what had once been a thriving community space was little more than a dilapidated building.
With the steadfast support of community residents and other stakeholders, Strong City Baltimore proposed restoring and reopening the center. The city agreed and gave us the keys. In 2013, the fully renovated building reopened as the 29th Street Community Center. The facility, once again brimming with life, is a safe and vibrant space that offers high-quality, low-cost daily programming – 70 percent of it community-led – to more than 450 adults and children every week.