Encouraging young people in a positive way is an incredibly important factor in educational, personal, and community growth. At My Brother’s Keeper, we offer Baltimore youth programs (focused on ages 11 to 19) that are designed to encourage young people to become active participants in their own lives and accomplish their goals, despite hindering social and economical circumstances. Let us elaborate on the mission of these programs and how we encourage young people in Baltimore.
The Mission of Our Baltimore Youth Programs
Our Baltimore youth programs provide academic, social, and cultural opportunities to youth ages 11 to 19. We must teach young people to persevere by helping them gain an understanding of issues connected to their own conditions of poverty, education and lifestyle, as well as those of their neighbors. We inspire young people by engaging them in the creation of their reality, exposing them to valuable opportunities to have their voices heard, educating them through cultural and historical perspectives about their communities, and empowering them to break isolation and contribute to positive local and regional community efforts.
Community Service Hours
At My Brother’s Keeper, we encourage youth ages 11-19 to volunteer in our soup kitchen to give back to the community. By doing so, they can gain valuable experience and earn community service hours that could assist in strengthening a future resume or college application. Not to mention, volunteering builds self-esteem and offers several surprising health benefits.
Urban Alliance and MOED YouthWorks
We also encourage youth members in Baltimore to participate in Urban Alliance and MOED YouthWorks. Urban Alliance is an organization devoted to youth development that empowers and assists young people with minimal resources to seek work, paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. MOED YouthWorks offers a summer jobs program that helps match young people ages 14 to 21 with 5-week employment programs offered by private sectors, nonprofits, and city and state government employers. For more information about YouthWorks, call 410-396-JOBS (5627).
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about how to help or to find out more about our services including addiction treatment referrals, prescription assistance, hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.
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