Blueberry Bushes, Meet Torbin Green of the St. Francis Neighborhood Center

Blueberry Bushes A citadel not on a hill, but on the ground with the people. This is the only way to describe what St. Francis Neighborhood Center (SFNC)  is for the people of Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill community. At the intersection of Linden ave and Whitelock Street, visitors are greeted by blueberry bushes maintained by program […]

Meet Kevin Beasley of Beats not Bullets

Kevin Beasely, an East Baltimore native, is a lifelong mentor and is co-founder of Baltimore Cease Fire, a grassroots movement born from the ideology that violence will only end when the people impacted by it take a stand.  Decades before Beasely’s thought about Cease Fire or being a mentor, he attended the Baltimore Rites of […]

Meet Dyon Davidson of Beadly Speaking

Born and raised in Jamaica, Dyon Davidson came to the United States at the age of 12. As a child, she didn’t understand her peers’ accents and they didn’t understand hers. “They were like you talking too fast, and I was like you talking too fast,” recounts Dyon.   What she did understand was arts, […]

Weaving Peace and Power: Saran Fossett of Aziza PE&CE

A fierce model, who cat-walked her way to the runways of Paris in the 90s, Saran Fossett now models audacious love for Black youth in Baltimore through her organization Aziza Pe&ce. She modeled professionally from the age of 16 until now. However, her career was put on hold when she was informed that she was […]

BCYF and Baltimore Brothers host Youth Anti-Violence Series

Baltimore has a critical need for more hope, healing and healthy opportunities, especially for Black children, adolescents, and youth. This will require better relationships among those who are working to create opportunities for their families, their neighborhoods, the organizations and faith communities they work with.   Most importantly, it requires better relationships among the many community […]

BCYF Inc. selects Alysia Lee as its first president

Baltimore, MD – The Transition Board of Directors of the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (BCYF) selected Alysia Lee as the fund’s first President. Lee will be tasked with the vital job of managing the daily functions of the nearly $12,000,000 annual fund, originally approved by Baltimore City voters in 2016. “I am honored to […]

Building Power: Meet Kuijuan Jackson of Communities United

Community organizing is both an endeared and often forgotten skill that sits at the cornerstone of building power in communities of color, so for Kuijuan “Big Woogie” Jackson, 23, of Communities United (CU) being a Community Organizer was an easy choice.  Kuijuan came to Communities United in 2018 through Baltimore’s summer youth employment program, Youth […]