• Yards for Success

    A star football player at Loyola Blakefield High School, Van Brooks was just 16 when he broke his neck during a game and woke up at Shock Trauma, paralyzed from the neck down. Undeterred, he eventually founded Safe Alternatives Foundation for Education (SAFE).

  • Dustin Reynolds and Journee Cuffie

    Notebooks Full of Beautiful Ideas

    As an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, Patrice Hutton taught creative writing in a city school where she saw first-hand the dearth of creative writing in classrooms in low-income neighborhoods. So in 2008, she started the after-school program Writers in Baltimore Schools.

  • Kiyia Johnson receives her eagle feather from tribe-member Louis Campbell

    Connecting to Lumbee Heritage Through Art

    Ashley Minner, a 2008 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, developed the Native American After School Art Program at the Baltimore American Indian Center, focusing on Baltimore’s Native American youth population.

  • Leon Palmer and 2011 Community Fellow Lara Law

    A Safe Place for Youth Who are Homeless

    Lara Law, 2011 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, supported a group of youth leaders in the city to establish a comprehensive drop-in resource center for homeless youth.

About Impact Series

The work of OSI-Baltimore has impact in many different ways. See how our fellows and grantees are transforming the city in this photo essay series.