On April 14th, Strong City Baltimore will host its 11th Annual Neighborhood Institute, an annual networking and skill-building event that provides training for community residents, neighborhood leaders, and community development professionals. This year, 2016 OSI Community Fellow, Debbie Ramsey will present a workshop titled “Community Policing with our Youth in Mind.”
As part of her fellowship, Ramsey, who is a retired police officer, established the Penn North Violence Prevention Youth Center in West Baltimore as part of her Unified Efforts program as a way to formalize the free violence prevention programs she had been doing since she left the force in 1994.
The Neighborhood Institute will also features several workshops designed to help youth leaders manage organizations and access more resources. In March, OSI released “Young, Gifted and Underfunded: Strengthening the Relationship Between Philanthropy and Youth-Led Movements,” as part of a multi-step effort to build and strengthen connections between local funders and youth-led organizations that drive essential change in our region.