Meet a cohort focused on deepening CONNECT-ions with Black-led nonprofits

CLLCTIVLY, a social change organization that, as stated on its website, centers on “Black genius, narrative power, social networks, and resource mobilization” is in the throes of its second CONNECT cohort.   The first cohort of 10 organizations, whose program spanned eight months, was made possible through a partnership with Maryland Nonprofits. The pilot program received $150,000 in […]

Turning pain into purpose: Brooklyn Healing Day brings community together

On Saturday, Brooklyn Homes was a place for healing, following the mass shooting that killed two people and injured 28 others in July.   The community planted flowers by all the homes and two trees in memory of 18-year-old Aaliyah Gonzalez and 20-year-old Kylis Fagbemi.   There was also free food, music, and access to […]

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, […]