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 Dance Crews Project

March 14, 2018
2015 OSI Community Fellow Brian Gerardo uses hip-hop dance to strengthen relationships with students in Baltimore City, giving youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills while expressing themselves through dance. See full photo essay »
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An End to Ignorance/Circles of Voices

January 30, 2018
"I try to bring people into the same space from different backgrounds, different cultures, different perspectives," 2016 Community Fellow J.C.. Faulk says of his organization Circle of Voices/An End to Ignorance. "I believe that you have to create discomfort in order for there to be change." See full photo essay »
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Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap

October 5, 2017
A former teacher, 2016 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Melissa Badeker, created an exchange for current educators to get the supplies they need. “We’re here to help the teachers,” Badeker says. “And whatever the teachers tell us they need, we do our best to make it happen.”  See full photo essay »
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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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