10 exciting projects from the new batch of Open Society Institute fellows - Technical.ly Baltimore


Nov. 15, 2016 7:33 am

10 exciting projects from the new batch of Open Society Institute fellows

Among the projects are an anti-violence youth center, an urban farming initiative and a conversation series tackling racism, sexism and homophobia.

The new class of OSI-Baltimore community fellows.

(Courtesy photo)

A pantry for babies and a new effort to end ignorance are among the initiatives getting support from the Open Society Institute.

OSI-Baltimore named a new class of 10 fellows last week, providing support to ideas that address underserved communities in the city. Each social entrepreneur will receive $60,000 over 18 months.

Here are the 10 fellows, with info from OSI:

  • Melissa Badeker will expand the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, which provides an exchange for school supplies. She previously received support from Johns Hopkins’ Social Innovation Lab.
  • Eliseba Osore is creating ShareBaby Baby Pantry, which collects and redistributes diapers and other baby items for families who need them.
  • Jermaine Bell is set to work with Exit the Apple, an art space in Barclay. Bell plans to create programming for underserved artists, who are primarily African-American. Bell previously worked at Impact Hub Baltimore.
  • Deborah Ramsey is set to establish the Penn North Violence Prevention Youth Center, which will provide youth with structured programming outside of school.
  • JC Faulk is set to expand a series of conversations called An End to Ignorance/Circles of Voices. The goal of the session is to “engage Baltimore City residents in consciousness raising discussions around racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and other challenging issues.”
  • Gianna Rodriguez will expand Baltimore Youth Arts, which provides arts and an employment program to youth ages 16-21 who are transitioning out of juvenile and adult detention centers.
  • Katie Miller plans to establish the Latino Food Alliance to address food access issues in the city’s immigrant community.
  • LaMarr D. Shields is set to start Teacher Exchange, a student-to-teacher coaching program. It’s a partnership with ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School.
  • Isa Olufemi is hitting the ground with the Poet Pride Run Club. It’s a partnership with Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to engage students in community-building through running.
  • Jennifer Will-Thapa is planting the seeds of the Common Ground Farm Project to provide urban farming opportunities for youth in the juvenile system.




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