WYPR’s On the Record with Sheilah Kast continues its tradition of featuring the newest OSI Community Fellows. The interviews with the 2020 cohort kicked off on December 23rd with Isaiah Johnson and Elizabeth Finne. Isaiah’s project, The Greenmount East Leadership Project (GELP) aims to provide kids between 10 and 19 with positive activities and role models. Elizabeth’s Parole Preparation Project will develop infrastructure that provides support to those who are up for parole. Listen to Isaiah and Elizabeth here.
On December 28th, Fellows Atiya Wells and Monica Lapenta were featured. With Baltimore Living in Sustainable Simplicity (BLISS) Meadows, Atiya has created a nature center and educational space in Northeast Baltimore to encourage Black, Indigenous and other People of Color to explore nature. Monica’s Be a Chef for a Day (BaCfaD) seeks to both teach children how to cook healthy food on a budget, and raise awareness about child hunger and malnourishment. Listen to Atiya and Monica here.
Fellows Ateira Griffin and Wayne Paige were featured next, on December 30th. Ateira founded Building Our Nation’s Daughters, Inc. (BOND) to work with single mothers and their daughters together for activities and communication strategies to help build confidence and connection. With The Beautiful Baltimore Project, Wayne hopes to mentor young people in the McElderry Park neighborhood and support them at various points throughout their life, just as he had been mentored years ago. Listen to Ateira and Wayne here.
All upcoming On the Record interviews will air on WYPR from 9:30-10 am and will be posted on the WYPR website by mid day.
Stay tuned for additional interviews from E.V. Yost, Bree Jones, Troy Staton, and James Henderson.