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Yards for Sucess

A star football player at Loyola Blakefield High School, Van Brooks was just 16 when he broke his neck during a game and woke up at Shock Trauma, paralyzed from the neck down. Undeterred, he eventually founded Safe Alternatives Foundation for Education (SAFE). READ MORE »
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Baltimore Rising

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Open Society Institute-Baltimore
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The Open Society Institute-Baltimore endorses the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, a notorious facility that has, for decades, posed a serious risk to detainees, staff, family members and the broader Baltimore community. As the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services moves forward to end this shameful chapter in the state’s history, it is imperative that state and City stakeholders work together to leverage this unique opportunity to reduce unnecessary incarceration safely and to reinvest the savings to improve community safety.



Affirming the Case for Student Voice

Posted by on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:07 am
Rhonda Richetta
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There’s a whole body of research around restorative practices. The premise is that people are happier, more productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. In my ninth year now as a City principal, I have learned that when teachers and administrators give students voice—allowing them to speak up and for themselves—a culture develops that is conducive to learning.



Rachel Abdullahi
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During the Uprising in Baltimore, police said more than 27 pharmacies and two methadone clinics were looted for pain medications and other prescription drugs. City officials estimate that, as a result of looting, there are now more than 175,000 doses of prescription pain medications available for black market purchase.



“The land of peace:” Calming down, speaking up

Posted by on July 14th, 2015 at 12:07 pm
Tamar Mendelson
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If your only image of yoga involves White women in Lululemon garb, then you don’t know the Baltimore-based non-profit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF). Most often, you’ll find HLF founders Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez teaching yoga to African-American youth in a public school gym. Most of these students are exposed to significant trauma—fallout from growing up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods.



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