According to the Afterschool Alliance, Maryland ranks in the bottom 10 states when it comes to access to afterschool programs.
“We just don’t have enough leaders or people who are capable, who have the time to create and run the programs. At the same time, our students are eager to show their leadership skills,” says Brian Gerardo, a 2015 Community Fellow who started the Baltimore Dance Crews Project (BDCP) in 2009.
“Hip-hop is something that my students already connect with; it’s relevant to their everyday lives,” he says. “They were talking about hip-hop artists in class and dancing in the hallways. This (organization) is about how do you harness that energy to do something positive?”