This week, the Youth Empowered Society, (YES Drop-In Center), an organization started by 2011 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Lara Law, announced M. Blair Franklin would be taking over Law’s position as Executive Director on September 18. Franklin is a former Program Assistant with OSI’s Community Fellowships & Initiatives.
The YES Drop-In Center was designed to be a safe place for youth who are homeless where they can receive help, support, and services that are ultimately designed to lead to independence and end homelessness. The staff work with youth to help them with things like getting identification, applying for government benefits and connecting with schools, employment opportunities or housing.
The Center was featured in an Impact Series.
Prior to joining YES, Franklin was coordinator of the No Wrong Door Program at the STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, providing case management and support for gay and bisexual men and transgender women.