• Building a skatepark in West Baltimore is all about equity and the right to have fun

    -Stephanie Murdock is a 2010 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow.- By Stephanie Murdock and Sosii Brown. The future of Baltimore should be rooted in providing young people with productive things to do. But Baltimore has a tremendous problem when it comes to skateparks that serve not only skateboarders but youth who enjoy BMX, roller skating and riding [...]
  • Map guides way on the the Jones Falls Trail

    -Janet Felsten is a 1998 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow.- By Jacques Kelly. Over this past summer I learned about something that surrounded me throughout my years in Baltimore: the Jones Falls Trail. It all began when Janet Felsten handed me a foldout map one Saturday at the Waverly Farmers Market off Greenmount Avenue. She told me [...]
  • ‘Time for action is now’: Groups, Baltimore leaders push for change amid recent violence in schools

    -City Councilman Zeke Cohen, leaders of the Baltimore Teachers Union, and several city schools students held a rally outside City Hall calling on district leadership to implement the OSI-initiated and -supported restorative practices program in all Baltimore City schools.- By WMAR Staff BALTIMORE — Parents, teachers and local groups are shouting out against violence in schools. In [...]
  • Baltimore officials, including teachers, want more conflict resolution in schools after Mervo High shooting

    -City Councilman Zeke Cohen, leaders of the Baltimore Teachers Union, and several city schools students held a rally outside City Hall calling on district leadership to implement the OSI-initiated and -supported restorative practices program in all Baltimore City schools.- By Lea Skene Days after a student was gunned down outside his northeast Baltimore high school [...]
  • Some schools saw an increase in violent incidents this year, but not always in the predictable places

    -This piece discusses how OSI’s partnership with Baltimore City Schools to integrate restorative practices has resulted in fewer suspensions and arrests and contains a quote from OSI’s Karren Webber- By Liz Bowie Art class had just started when the seventh grader girl began to worry. As she saw a group of eighth- graders filing in [...]
  • Pro lacrosse all-star to expand his North Baltimore youth nonprofit

    -Matt Hanna is a 2013 OSI Community Fellow- By Melody Simmons A growing Baltimore nonprofit founded by former pro-lacrosse player Matt Hanna has leased a high-profile space at Belvedere Square to grow its program to help city youth strengthen their academics. Next One Up signed a lease to take over the former Brick Bodies gym at Belvedere [...]
  • Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts taught me photography and created lifelong bonds

    By Vincent Purcell -Vincent Purcell is a 2014 OSI Community Fellow- My grandfather (Opa) and his family were painters and photographers for generations, and so I grew up with an appreciation for visual arts from a young age. My Opa photographed everything and kept thousands of meticulously cataloged slides. Around middle school, he gave me an [...]
  • ‘Yes On My Block’: Advocates, city officials urge support for overdose prevention sites

    -OSI-Baltimore is a longtime member and supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition- By Marcus Dieterle William Miller II shares how his father, who was “at the top of his life,” died from an overdose on Oct. 7, 2020. The next day, the younger Miller says he was given a blessing: the birth of his own son, [...]
  • Mock overdose prevention site opened today at the Nomu Nomu Art Center

    -OSI-Baltimore is a longtime member and supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition- By WMAR Staff BALTIMORE  — Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed the recent death of Ravens' Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson was caused by an accidental drug overdose. Now lawmakers are being encouraged to take action to prevent overdoses city wide. Mayor Brandon Scott and [...]
  • Preventing overdose, saving lives

    -Open Society Institute- Baltimore is a longtime member and supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition- Opioid overdoses take thousands of lives. And now Xylazine, a tranquilizer meant for large animals, has been discovered as a cutting agent, through a rapid analysis program led by Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center. A whopping 80 percent of drugs tested [...]