Since March 2001, we have done many things to achieve our goal of creating a safe, stimulating place for youth in our community. Following are some of our achievements
Articles and Publications
- An article in Baltimore Magazine
- An article published in The Voice, a magazine of the National Writing Project
- Two articles in The Baltimore Sun twice-once when we collected oral histories from residents on Carswell St. and once when we had our first Demolition Day
- Features in The Examiner and The Baltimore Times
- Publication in Groupworks (a British journal)
- Writing a chapter in the book Writing For a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action (Jossey-Bass, 2006)
Making Presentations and Appearances
- Appearances on Headline News and WBAL
- Presentations to spread the word and get community support and funding, such as Towson University, Stevenson University (Villa Julie College), National Night Out, and the Baltimore City Council Showcase.
Writing Grants and Receiving Awards
- Angel Soft Angels in the Classroom Award, presented by Jane Kaczmarek from the show Malcolm in the Middle , who was so impressed with us that she has personally donated $20,000 to our organization since we won the award
- A proclamation by Mayor Martin O'Malley nameing May 13, 2003 "Youth Dreamer Day" in Baltimore City.
- A Resolution from City Council in recognition of our "accomplishments in ensuring the establishment of a Community Youth Center " on August 11, 2003 .
- Many grants including $75,000 from the Department of Housing and Community Development, $70,000 from Senator Barbara Mikulski, $50,000 from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and more
- The State Farm Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award and traveling to Albuquerque , New Mexico to accept it
- Fundraisers to hold a FunFest block party each year on Global Youth Service Day
Making Friends and Building Partnerships
- Laura Penza of Penza + Bailey Architects, to help us design the center bro bono
- Andy Powell of Towson University to act as our pro bono general contractor, teaching us each phase of construction and helping us hire subcontractors
- Kate McShane-Oeming of Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse who has included us in two of their service days
- Shepherd's Clinic where we volunteer and hope to work with patients in the future
- Developing partnerships with local colleges such as Stevenson University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and University of Maryland 's Free Law Clinic