• 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 […]

  • OSI Fellow, B’More Invested Collaborator named to Bunting Leadership Initiative

    This week, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute announced its 2021 cohort of Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellows, which includes Atiya Wells, a 2020 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow and Lamontre Randall, a member of the B’More Invested Grant Advisory Team. Wells runs The Baltimore Living in Sustainable Simplicity (BLISS) Meadows project, a nature center and educational space […]

  • OSI Fellow David Miller publishes new children’s book

    David Miller, a 1999 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow and a member of the Fellows Advisory Board, has just released a new children’s book Chef Toussaint, about a 9-year-old master chef who turns his grandmother’s recipes into award-winning dishes. He is the author of several other children’s books, including Khalil’s Way; Brooklyn’s Finest: The Green Family Farm; […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSI grantee Baltimore Safe Haven featured in Dove commercial

    Recently, the director and members of OSI’s grantee Baltimore Safe Haven were featured in a commercial for Dove. The organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for every transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) person in Baltimore City to live a life that is healthy, self-determined life free from stigma, violence, and oppression. Learn more about […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSI Community Fellow Debbie Ramsey appears on NBC’s The Wall

    On Monday, 2016 OSI Community Fellow Debbie Ramsey and her granddaughter Ghadir Smallwood appeared on the NBC game show The Wall. Debbie started Unified Efforts, an out-of-school program aimed at reducing summer learning loss, as part of her Fellowship. Debbie and Ghadir, who also volunteers with Unified Efforts, appeared on the show to kick off […]

  • MD House overrides Hogan’s Kirwan Report veto

    In a big win for Baltimore City schools this week, the Maryland House of Delegates voted to override the governor’s 2020 veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the historic education equity legislation that includes recommendations from the Kirwan Commission Report. For the last several years, OSI’s Education and Youth Development program, along with grantees […]