• Baltimore Health Department honored as one of nation’s best

    The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) was named the 2018 Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The annual award recognizes local health departments for outstanding achievements in innovative public health and safety improvements. BCHD’s work on the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City was among the […]

  • WJZ covers SAFE Center’s science-based summer programming

    This week, WJZ featured 2014 OSI Community Fellow Van Brooks and the Safe Alternative Foundation for Education (SAFE) Center he founded. SAFE recently received a $5,000 grant from the Society for Science and the Public to support SAFE’s science-oriented summer programs. Brooks developed SAFE to promote education and life skills for youth from the Franklin […]

  • Welcome to the new OSIBaltimore.org!

    Today, Open Society Institute is proud to launch the new osibaltimore.org! Besides being beautiful, with bigger, brighter pictures, and better organized, with a new, more intuitive structure, our redesigned website includes several specific upgrades and new features that make it easier to use and more helpful, including the following:  Grants Database – For the first […]

  • Community Law in Action students visit WBAL

    On Friday, more than a dozen Baltimore City high school students who are part of Community Law in Action (CLIA)’s youth leadership program visited the WBAL-TV studios to learn about broadcast journalism. WBAL reporter Jayne Miller took this picture of the students listening to news anchor Jason Newton. OSI Community Fellow Terry Hickey founded CLIA, […]

  • Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs hosts People’s Town Hall

    On Thursday evening at West Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church, the OSI-funded Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs hosted a People’s Town Hall to discuss the progress of implementing the Consent Decree and what community members would like to see in a new police commissioner, among other topics. After small-group discussions, some participants suggested that the […]

  • Safe City Baltimore partners hold quarterly meeting

    Yesterday, Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA) hosted the second quarterly meeting of partners in the Safe City Baltimore legal defense and education fund at City Hall. The Safe City Baltimore initiative, launched in April 2017, is a collaboration between MIMA and Open Society Institute to educate immigrant communities […]

  • OSI Community Fellows among Daily Record’s 2018 VIPs

    This week, the Daily Record announced its 2018 VIP list which included 2014 OSI Community Fellow Van Brooks and 2017 Fellow Shantell Roberts. These awards recognize successful professionals in Maryland under 40. They are selected on the basis of professional accomplishments, community service, and commitment to change. Brooks used his fellowship to develop the “Yards […]

  • Campaign for Justice Safety and Jobs to hold Consent Decree Town Hall

    This Thursday, July 12 at 6pm, the OSI-supported Campaign for Justice, Safety and Jobs will hold a People’s Town Hall at Union Baptist Church (1219 Druid Hill Ave.) to discuss updates to the Consent Decree, including the draft recommendations published by the Community Oversight Task Force, community feedback on police interactions, and the next Baltimore City police […]

  • OSI Community Fellow performs one-woman show in New York City

    2010 OSI Community Fellow Meshelle Foreman Shields will be performing a one-woman show in which she portrays five characters, written by Shields and directed by Rain Pryor, at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York on July 26. More information here. Forman Shields, who performs under the moniker “Meshelle, The Indie Mom of […]

  • OSI Community Fellows Hold Monthly Gathering

    Last Friday, members of Open Society Institute’s 2018 cohort of Community Fellows gathered at the Goodnow Community Center in East Baltimore for their monthly opportunity to share ideas, progress, and resources. The first presenter this month was Amy Tenney (pictured with Fellow Ausar Daniels), who collaborated with the Goodnow Center and other organizations to establish […]