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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

Morgan State University (MSU) – CycloBurn Technology

Maryland’s poultry industry produces more than 300 million chickens a year which generate roughly 650 million pounds (0.3 million tons) of poultry litter annually.  Most of the chicken waste is applied as fertilizer onto farm fields, but there is more of it than the fields can absorb.  Excess nitrogen and phosphorous from the manure seep into the ground water, causing eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay, and threatening ecological and human health.

Power52, Inc.: Bringing Renewable Energy to Low-Income Baltimoreans

In Maryland, a low-income household typically spends an average of 9 percent of its annual income on electricity, whereas the average-income household in Maryland spends 2.5 percent of its annual income on electricity.   In Baltimore City, where 25.2 percent of residents live below the poverty line, this “energy divide” is likely even more extreme. 

University of Baltimore Pretrial Justice Clinic

The Abell Foundation provided $73,100 to help establish the Pretrial Justice Clinic at the University of Baltimore.  The Pretrial Justice Clinic will focus on the “front end” of incarceration and seek to reform a broken bail system that wrongfully incarcerates thousands of people awaiting trial every year in Baltimore City. The Clinic will work closely with the Office of the Public Defender and coordinate with advocates to develop strategies focused on bail litigation that will fit within the broader goal of reducing mass incarceration in Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University/Baltimore Police Department Collaborative

In recent years, problems confronting the police have become more complex and the demands from stakeholders have increased, but resources have diminished. While Baltimore experienced significant reductions in gun violence from 2007 to 2011, those reductions stalled from 2011 to 2014 and homicides surged to historic highs in 2015.   Baltimore police have tried many violence prevention strategies such as zero-tolerance policing and aggressively combatting the illegal drug trade and gangs.

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