• OSI Fellow Ateira Griffin named to Baltimore City School Board

    Today, Mayor Brandon Scott selected 2020 OSI Community Fellow Ateira Griffin for the Baltimore City Schools Board of Commissioners.  Griffin, a former teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, founded Building Our Nation’s Daughters (BOND), a nonprofit that works to build effective communication strategies for single mothers and their daughters. Ateira will be the […]

  • Baltimore magazine includes OSI grantees among “30 women who are shaping Baltimore’s future”

    The cover story of Baltimore magazine’s February issue, titled “She’s Got Next,” profiles “30 women who are shaping Baltimore’s future,” and includes several OSI-Baltimore grantees and partners. The cover features Nykidra Robinson, the CEO of Black Girls Vote, an OSI grantee and partner on Party at the Mailbox and the Blueprint for Baltimore projects. Among […]

  • State Senate Finance Committee to hear bill expanding trauma-informed care training to state agencies

    Today at 1pm, the State Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing for Senate Bill 299, which expands on Baltimore City’s Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, which mandated trauma-informed care training for employees of city agencies, to apply to state agencies as well. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jill Carter (D-41), establishes “the Commission on Trauma-Informed […]

  • OSI Director to co-chair Mayor’s Guaranteed Income Steering Committee

    Yesterday, Mayor Brandon Scott announced that he would join the national organization, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, and create a Steering Committee to explore a process of “launching a guaranteed income pilot to increase economic security among low-income residents.” To co-chair the Steering Committee, Mayor Scott named OSI-Baltimore Director Danielle Torain and Joe Jones, President […]

  • Board of Estimates approves updated emergence assistance plan

    This morning, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved an updated plan to distribute $400 prepaid cards to up to 15,000 Baltimore City residents hardest hit by COVID-19 and the economic impact. OSI and the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success (MOCFS) are leading the initiative in partnership with 13 community-based organizations who serve […]

  • Mayor Scott releases Transition Report

    This morning, Mayor Brandon Scott released his Transition Report, which includes specific recommendations in 10 focus areas, including Public Health and Public Safety, Education and Youth Recreation, and Business, Workforce, and Neighborhood Development. The Transition Team was led by a nine-member Steering Committee, including OSI-Baltimore Director Danielle Torain, OSI Advisory Board member Alicia Wilson, and […]

  • Baltimore Youth Activists successfully push Comcast to increase speed of low-cost Internet access

    In a press conference in front of City Hall on Wednesday, Baltimore City School student activists celebrated their victory after Comcast acceded to their demand that the company increase the speed of its low-cost Internet Essentials. The advocacy effort was led by Baltimore City School students from Students Organizing a Multicultural Open Society (SOMOS). Kimberly […]

  • Mayor Scott testifies in support of Overdose Prevention Sites

    On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott gave testimony in a Maryland State Senate Finance Committee hearing on Senate Bill 279, which would create a pilot to establish six Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS), where people can use drugs in a medically supervised environment to prevent overdose, around the state. “It is imperative that we consider harm […]

  • Hear OSI’s Danielle Torain on WYPR, on Youth Fund panel, and in Law School symposium

    This morning, Sheilah Kast interviewed OSI Director Danielle Torain on WYPR’s On the Record, talking about OSI’s COVID response, investing in underinvested Baltimore communities, and the 2020 cohort of OSI Community Fellows. On the Record recently completed its series of interviews with all 12 Fellows in the 2020 cohort. Last night, Torain participated in a […]

  • Baltimore Times recalls Baltimore Uprising with art exhibit, community conversation

    This week, the Baltimore Times launched a series called, “Baltimore Uprising: Have Things Changed or Remained the Same?” The series will feature community leaders reflecting on the uprising and its impact over the past five years. It is one of 13 community-based projects that OSI is supporting to mark the anniversary. Later this month, the […]