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.

Punishing the Poor: Unconvicted Photo Series

August 8, 2017
In the U.S, nearly all arrested people are required to pay cash bail in order to be released from jail before trial, yet more than 3 in 5 inmates remain behind bars, unconvicted, because they cannot afford to pay. See full photo essay »
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Let’s Grow: Poet Pride Run Club

July 7, 2017
2016 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Isa Olufemi, started his project, the Poet Pride Run Club at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School because he knows the cultural impact of organizing, educating and conditioning people through running and he wanted to offer those same growth opportunities to the students at Dunbar. He also hopes that his program will help strengthen the “Poet Pride” at Dunbar and change the perception of young black people in the community. See full photo essay »
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People Gather Around: Muze It Outreach Program

April 28, 2017
With his OSI-Baltimore Community Fellowship, Yahudah, 39, launched the Muze It Outreach Program, a musical and cultural education program that uses African drumming, hip-hop dance, performance and martial arts to teach children and youth the historical and cultural traditions of the African and African-American diaspora. See full photo essay »
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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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