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.


Barclay School students are science champions!

The Charm City Science League (CCSL) is on a mission to bring science and math to life. Why? Because these subjects are critical to students succeeding in American schools (which currently rank only 22nd and 31st throughout the world in science and math, respectively).

IMG_2048Led by a group of undergraduates from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, CCSL runs an afterschool program three days a week at the 29th Street Community Center. They work one-on-one with students from Barclay Elementary/Middle School, who recently swept the regional Science Olympiad Competition at Morgan State University. That’s not small potatoes, considering that over 6,700 teams compete each year in this national tournament.

Though the Barclay School team was small, their presence was larger than life. Students Marcus, Kim, and Malik won First Place in five categories, Second Place in four, and Third Place in one. But to top it all off, they were awarded Second Place overall at the tournament and have now advanced to the State Competition (held at JHU on March 29, 2014). We are so proud. Go team!

To learn more about the Charm City Science League, visit their website.