Open Society Institute 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.

Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy Collective (BYKE)

September 7, 2016
Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy Collective (BYKE) was founded in 2014 by OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, Evelyn (Chavi) Rhoads, to give young people a safe place to learn bicycle mechanics, practice respectful safe ridership and build community. Rhoads used her fellowship to grow the collective, opening a dedicated repair and training shop in the Oliver neighborhood. See full photo essay »
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Holistic Me After School Program

June 22, 2016
Holistic Me is an after school program for Baltimore City students helping them manage stress and anxiety by introducing the concepts of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, centering and breath work. See full photo essay »
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Empowering Latinos One ‘Click’ at a Time

November 4, 2015
Technology is revolutionizing the nation. But in Baltimore and elsewhere, many recent Latino immigrants are disconnected from the Internet and do not have computers at home. See full photo essay »
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Baltimore United Viewfinders

August 19, 2015
The Baltimore United Viewfinders is a youth-led arts program teaching young people in East Baltimore to use photography, video and other digital media to address local social justice issues. See full photo essay »
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Yards for Success

June 25, 2015
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). See full photo essay »
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Notebooks Full of Beautiful Ideas

February 25, 2015
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. See full photo essay »
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Connecting to Lumbee Heritage Through Art

July 24, 2014
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. See full photo essay »
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A Safe Place for Youth Who are Homeless

April 10, 2014
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. See full photo essay »
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Gather Baltimore

February 20, 2014
Every year in the United States, some 68 billion pounds of food goes to waste. Here in Maryland, urban farmer and 2012 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Arthur Morgan has devised a way to salvage some of our region’s contribution to that waste—and get healthful foods in the hands of those who need it. See full photo essay »
Oliver neighborhood resident, Mary L. Bryant, selects vegetables for the week's meals More Photos