Made in Baltimore

2019 Week 1: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

TURQUOISE BAKER | WAVERLY MAIN STREET Having completed my first week of work at Waverly Main Street (WMS), I can safely say that my “first week butterflies” have dissipated. I now have a slight morning routine: I walk for about 15 minutes to the office turn on the lights and…
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2019 Orientation: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JANAYA BROWN | FRANCISCAN CENTER This has been one of the most memorable weeks that I have had during my college experience. Despite the challenges, I have gained a better understanding of what I hope to glean from this summer both personally and interpersonally. After peer mentor orientation, my nerves…
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2018 Week 6: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE Last week, my faith in the progress we’d made on the Reservoir Hill Public Art Project was faltering. Only one neighbor showed up to our meeting on Monday, and our tabling efforts at the Druid Hill Farmer’s Market weren’t very successful. Very few people came by…
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2018 Week 5: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE This summer, Bikemore has been organizing biweekly Monday evening meetings to invite members of the community to brainstorm about a public art project that will be implemented in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Our first meeting in June had great turnout, but we’ve been struggling ever since…
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2018 Week 4: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE On Tuesday, I found myself at City Hall witnessing an investigative hearing on the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). As I walked into the Council Chamber, my mind wandered back to the hearing I’d attended just a few weeks before. At that time, the committee was…
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2018 Week 3: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE When I called home this week to tell my parents about my internship at Bikemore, my mom’s reaction honestly summed up my experience. “You? Rode a bike? Around a city? Are you serious?” she questioned sounding surprised, impressed, and speechless all at once. Her confusion, admittedly,…
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2018 Week 2: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE It’s 1pm on a Thursday. I’m climbing into an Uber on my way to a meeting at Parks and People Foundation for Druid Park Lake Drive stakeholders with Councilman Leon Pinkett. While it may seem like just an average day at Bikemore, this ride alone meant…
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2018 Week 1: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE If you’d asked me about Bikemore’s work in Baltimore City just over a week ago, I could’ve given you a very detailed description of their programs, their initiatives, their advocacy, and more. I had done my research and tried to prepare myself for what to expect…
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2018 Orientation: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE “Think about the impact you want to make, not the identity that you want to achieve.” Mere hours into our cohort’s first day of Orientation, we had already heard countless speakers offer us advice and insight as to how to make these eight weeks count. Yet…
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2017 Week Six: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Despair or falling in love? The Beyoncé rule? The first annual FreeState Justice game night extravaganza! Waking up at 8:00 a.m. to catch an 8:30 a.m. public bus just so I can walk four blocks in the smoldering temperatures of a Baltimore summer heat wave…
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