Earlier this week, 40 volunteers from YMCA and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore lent a hand in cleaning out the future building of the SAFE Workforce Development Center.
The SAFE Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc, was founded by 2014 OSI Community Fellow, Van Brooks, to help young people from the Franklin Square neighborhood where he grew up by promoting education and life skills. Brooks used his fellowship to expand SAFE’s “Yards for Success” program, a flag football program that brings together local law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and local middle school students.
In September 2017, NBC featured Brooks in this profile. Read more about Brooks and his project in “Yards for Success,” part of OSI’s Impact Series, as well as this piece in our 2016 Impact Report.