This week, the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF) launched The Avis Ransom Institute, a pilot program for youth leadership development in Baltimore City. The fund is named for activist and 2002 OSI Community Fellow, Avis Ransom. The program will train young people in Baltimore City to be effective leaders in their communities.
Ransom, who passed away in July 2020, was an anti-racism consultant and workshop facilitator for Baltimore Racial Justice Action, and was, by many accounts, a force who influenced and inspired many. Her fellowship, Income and Equality for All, sought to engage low wage and unemployed citizens in the process of creating and implementing innovative workforce solutions including worker cooperatives to increase their economic stability.
The Avis Ransom Institute will launch in October. Potential applicants are required to attend an information session – the last one is Sept. 30th. More information is on the program page.