Our Story. 

Our Power. 

 

Storytelling is the ancient, powerful cornerstone of culture and change.



About Learning Lab 2024:

The 6-month, city-wide learning series for youth-centered organizations is convened by the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (BCYF) for intergenerational leaders to explore ideas in real-time.

 

By undertaking this project, we aspire to inspire positive change and cultivate a more equitable and inclusive future within the Baltimore youth development ecosystem. Together, we can create impactful dialogue, foster understanding, and build a network committed to building a more just, creative, and abundant Baltimore. 

 

Stay tuned for the full 6-month calendar of events and opportunities, including cohort learning groups, intergenerational field experiences, and freedom-dreaming sessions.

Registration for Learning Lab

Community Exhibition

Date: Friday, June 7, 2024 

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Living Classrooms located at 1417 Thames Street   

 

The evening will include sharing experiences from throughout the learning lab: Opening Plenary, Learning Circles, gather! Events, and LABs! See participants showcasing their work, and celebrating connectedness in the youth development ecosystem in Baltimore City. 

 

Registration opens May 1st. First come, first served. 

 

Organizations may have a maximum of three (3) people attend. 

  • You may register for yourself and up to two (2) guest(s) may complete registration separately

OR

  • You may include up to two (2) guest(s) on your registration. Please be prepared to include the following information for each guest on the registration form: 
  • First and Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Dietary Requirements
  • Accessibility

April 2024: Baltimore’s Hidden Gems: Nonprofit Networking at ToolBank

Event: 

Baltimore’s Hidden Gems: Nonprofit Networking at ToolBank

Facilitator: 

Keiona Gorham, BCYF Director of Capacity Building

This offering is for: 

  • Baltimore Youth-Serving Organizations

Description: 

Baltimore is a city full of surprises and hidden spots that are just waiting to be discovered. One such gem is the Baltimore Community ToolBank. It’s not your typical hangout spot, but it’s a place that brings a lot of good to our community.

 

What is the ToolBank?

 

The Baltimore Community ToolBank is a nonprofit organization that lends tools to other nonprofits, schools, and community groups. Imagine a library, but instead of books, there are hammers, shovels, and paintbrushes. This helps other organizations do their work without spending lots of money on equipment.

 

Why is it a Networking Hub?

 

Networking might sound like a grown-up business term, but it’s really just meeting people and making friends who can help you out in the future. The ToolBank is perfect for this because it brings together all sorts of different groups who are working to make Baltimore better. When you’re borrowing a ladder or returning a wheelbarrow, you might meet someone from another cool project in the city.

In Person Date/Time:

April 10, 2024  

9:00 – 11:00 AM

In Person Location: 

Baltimore Toolbank, 1224 Wicomico St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Registration Open: 

March 20, 2024

  

March 2024: Learning Circles

About Learning Circles:
Learning Circles are cohort-style capacity-building opportunities that leverage the power of community and connection to deepen learning and impact. Baltimore-based, youth development organizations and programs can choose a cohort that best meets their needs and capacity. All participants will receive full scholarships to participate, as BCYF covers all costs and materials. In addition, upon successful completion, all organizations will receive a $2,000 BCYF President’s Fund grant to support their work.

 

Organizations with multiple staff and/or additional capacity should discuss which staff and Learning Circles to prioritize. Individual staff may only register for one (1) 2024 Learning Circle.

Learning Circle #1: Fundraising & Sustainability

Event:

Learning Circle #1: Fundraising & Sustainability

Facilitator: 

Ask a Fundraiser/Rashida Petersen & Anna Barber

This offering is for:

  • Baltimore Youth-Serving Organizations; and  
  • Organizations/programs with at least three (3) years of programming and fundraising experience. 

Description:

This 6-session cohort from March-September 2024 supports nonprofit organizations in building the infrastructure and collateral needed to fundraise for their programs. A one-year license is also included for the use of the self-guided Ask A Fundraiser E-Tool©. Additionally, participants can sign up for virtual individualized coaching sessions throughout the course. The course concludes with an exciting funders solicitation session, featuring the opportunity to connect with local, regional, and national funders. 

This is a highly intensive program intended only for organizations that are ready to put the time into developing their fundraising plans. Rigorous planning and writing will be expected and will require roughly 40-50 hours of your team’s time.  As a precursor to the program, it is recommended that your organization has undergone a strategic planning process in the last year, and it is clear about its current and future work.  Ask A Fundraiser will also encourage you to engage your Board in the decision making process throughout the program.

Optional One-to-One Coaching Sessions are available. 

Course Deliverable

Participants will develop their own three-year fundraising plan and present their case for support to potential funders. 

Additional Requirements:

Participants need a Laptop for each Session. 

Need a computer? Visit Baltimore City Information & Technology.

In-Person Dates/Times: 

Day Sessions: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM on March 13, April 24, June 5, July 9, July 31, and September 18. 

Evening Sessions: 5:30-7:30 PM on March 27 and May 8. 

Location: 

Coppin State University

Registration:

This session is SOLD OUT! 

Learning Circle #2: Echoes of Change: Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Impact Through Storytelling

Event:

Learning Circle #2: Echoes of Change: Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Impact Through Storytelling

Facilitator: 

MeRise LLC/Mothyna James-Brightful

This offering is for:

  • Baltimore Youth-Serving Organizations

Description:

This series is custom-crafted for nonprofit leaders who seek to amplify their organizational narrative across all facets of their work. Recognizing the pivotal role that storytelling plays in grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and beyond, the series will delve deeper into creating a storytelling culture that can profoundly influence both your internal team and the communities you serve.

Optional One-to-One Coaching Sessions are available. 

Course Deliverable

Participants will identify one of 4 signature stories and complete a culture gaps and roadmap implementation plan.

In-Person Dates/Times: 

Evening Sessions: 5:30-7:30 PM on March 27 and May 8. 

Location: 

TBD

Virtual Dates/Times:

Day Sessions: 1-2:30 PM on March 12, March 26, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 21. 

Location:

Zoom

Registration:

This session is SOLD OUT! 

Learning Circle #3: Evaluate Your Program Results-Based Accountability

Event:

Learning Circle #3: Evaluate Your Program Results-Based Accountability

Facilitator: 

Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel, University of Maryland

This offering is for:

  • Baltimore Youth-Serving Organizations

Description:

Participants will learn how to evaluate their program without contracting with an external evaluator. Participants will learn what type of data they can collect to tell their story and ensure that they are having the impact they think they are having.

Optional One-to-One Coaching Sessions are available. 

Course Deliverable

Participants will develop an action plan for results-based accountability for their program.

In-Person Dates/Times: 

Day Sessions: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM on March 19, April 2, April 16, and April 30. 

Evening Sessions: 5:30-7:30 PM on March 27 and May 8. 

Location: 

Coppin State University

Registration:

This session is SOLD OUT! 

February 2024: Opening Plenary

 

Event:

Opening Plenary: The Legacy Sites

Facilitator: 

Baltimore Children and Youth Fund and The Legacy Sites

This offering is for:

BCYF Grantees, Board, Staff, and Community Partners

Description:

Participating in a professional learning opportunity to visit The Legacy Sites is a transformative experience that invites us to reckon with our shared history of racial injustice. Attendees will deepen their understanding of the historical and social context of justice movements and have the opportunity to engage with history and truth-telling. To read more about The Legacy Sites, please visit:

In-Person Dates/Times: 

Tuesday, February 27-Thursday, February 29, 2024

Location: 

Montgomery, Alabama

Registration:

SOLD OUT.