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Three Cheers For The New Waverly School!

Fullscreen capture 4142014 120038 PM.bmpOn April 10, hundreds gathered in the Waverly Elementary/Middle School auditorium to celebrate an historic event: the opening of a new school building.  The new Waverly school is the first new school to be built in Baltimore City in decades. GHCC was instrumental in leading the advocacy efforts for the construction of this new school building – a shining example of what can be accomplished when we organize people to work together. “It’s about test scores. It’s about attendance. It’s about families deciding to stay in Baltimore because they have quality schools to send their children to. Again, this is a glimpse into the future,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. See the full story here.

Five Questions That Matter with Karen Stokes

Headshot2GHCC’s Executive Director Karen Stokes talks about the challenges and highlights of leading a nonprofit in What Weekly’s most recent edition of 5 Questions That Matter – a column written by Peter Davis that seeks to create a bridge between cultural creatives, entrepreneurs, and leaders in Baltimore. Also check out last week’s episode of Baltimore’s Future on WYPR – Karen spoke with David Warnock about providing construction jobs for Baltimore residents, among other topics on how to build a stronger city.

Police can’t do it alone: An op-ed by GHCC published in The Baltimore Sun

IMG_0381The homicide rate in Baltimore is high, and everyone — from bloggers to elected officials to nonprofit leaders — is talking about it. Some are throwing up their hands in despair, while others are hoping that yet another crime-fighting innovation will somehow save the day.

What is getting ignored are the real factors that lead to high crime rates: kids without something constructive to do after school, adults without employment prospects, and neighborhoods plagued by vacant properties and inadequate social connections. What also gets overlooked is the fact that we already know how to fight crime. It’s called community organizing, and some of us have been at it for a long time.

Take, for example, local recreation centers. When the city all but abandoned the  long underutilized Barclay Recreation Center in 2011, people came together and  advocated to keep it open and fill it with engaging programs. Greater Homewood  spearheaded the transformation of the building, and today the newly named 29th  Street Community Center serves over 500 kids and adults weekly. [Click here to continue reading].

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