Baltimore First

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Baltimore First General Volunteer registration is now closed for Fall 2019.

Founded in 2017 by a group of students seeking a more reciprocal and sustainable model of service on campus, Baltimore First is the CSC’s first and only individualized direct service program. Committed to equipping students with the skills needed to affect transformative PDF Document: social change, Baltimore First serves as a catalyst for students looking to expand their philosophy of service and understanding of Baltimore City. Deeply rooted in racial and social justice frameworks and critical pedagogy (Freire 1963), Baltimore First supports students in their journey to better understand our city and their place in it.

Read more below about how to get connected with Baltimore First!

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There are a few different ways to become involved with Baltimore First:

  1. If you are a JHU undergrad and are interested in joining Baltimore First, learn more about becoming a General Volunteer.
  2. If you are a JHU undergrad who has participated in Baltimore First for at least a semester and are looking for a leadership position, learn more about becoming a Site Coordinator.
  3. If you are a local nonprofit, community organization, or government agency, and are seeking a reliable, intentional volunteer force, committed to supporting your work and building overall capacity, learn more about becoming a community partner by contacting the Baltimore First staff advisor, Nairuti Shastry.

Have questions? Contact the Baltimore First Student Executive Board at

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We envision a Baltimore in which Hopkins students are connected to our Baltimore community.


Our mission is to create a culture of active citizenship at Hopkins through meaningful volunteer experiences, education & reflection, and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and local nonprofits.


  • Equity
  • Connection
  • Mutually Beneficial Partnerships
  • Education
  • Intentionality