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Abell Salutes: Urban Teachers

December, 2016

Chatoia Martin always wanted to teach, and after graduating from Rutgers University and volunteering with City Year in Baton Rouge, she began researching how to enter the profession. “I wanted to work in a community where I felt I was making a real change,” she remembered. “I wanted to feel great about my job, and for me that meant knowing what I was doing and that I was making a difference.”

No Place to Call Home

November 30, 2016

According to the most recent comprehensive data available from Youth REACH MD, more than 1,400 young people in Baltimore City, unaccompanied by parents or guardians, are without a safe, stable and affordable place to call home. Moving between friends’ couches, emergency shelters, and the street, these young people undergo persistent insecurity and trauma. Nearly 40 percent reported feeling unsafe where they stayed the night before.

Keeping the Water On

November, 2016

Across the country, cities like Baltimore, with aging infrastructure and concentrated poverty, wrestle with meeting the costs of a safe water supply and ensuring low-income residents have access to water they can afford.    

City Connects: Redesigning Student Support for Academic Success

October, 2016

Students living in high-poverty areas face challenges outside of school that impede academic achievement. Excellent teachers and quality curricula are essential to improving achievement, but they are inadequate.  Schools cannot close the achievement gap without a systemic approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that shape students’ performance in the classroom.

City Connects provides a systematic approach to student support that improves achievement.

Light City

Light City Baltimore, held in the spring of 2016, was an international festival of “light, music and innovation” – the first of its kind in the United States.  Light City showcased international and Baltimore artists through 28 nighttime light installations located around the Inner Harbor, 50 concerts, 100 performances, 5 community-based initiatives called “Neighborhood Lights,” and four daytime conferences focused on social innovation in Baltimore.  Light City drew an impressive 400,000 attendees to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, including 223,000 City residents, 121,600 visitors from out-of-st


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