City’s Youth, Community Leaders to March Through West Baltimore in Support of $12M Youth Fund

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A sign for the Penn North Kids Safe Zone. Image via ABC2.

Baltimore’s youth are taking it upon themselves to make themselves heard tonight.

Dozens are expected to participate in a march from Penn North to Mondawmin tonight in support of Council President Jack Young’s much-awaited Youth Fund, which would be a “multi-million dollar pot of money for youth-focused, grassroots organizations in Baltimore,” according to Young’s council page.

Starting at 4 p.m., teens, community leaders and local officials will march from the Penn North Kids Safe Zone to Frederick Douglass High School on Gwynns Falls Parkway. A release from Councilman Zeke Cohen, chair of the council’s Education and Youth Committee, said the occasion will be a “historic moment of unity between elected leaders and the youth of Baltimore” that will retrace the path of the march that preceded the Uprising in 2015.

Afterward, Cohen’s committee will hold a public hearing in the high school’s auditorium where community members can testify. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cohen will be joined by Council President Young and Rep. Elijah Cummings, as well as local student leaders.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Young’s Youth Fund proposal in a ballot measure during the 2016 election. A 38-member task force has since been deliberating the fund’s structure and criteria for grants. Lawmakers appointed Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dr. John Brothers, overseer of T. Rowe Price’s philanthropic work, to co-chair the task force.

Here’s a video from Cohen’s office describing a little more of the intent behind the march:

Invite to Youth March

Join us this Tuesday for a historic moment of unity. Baltimore, this is our moment.

Posted by Zeke Cohen on Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.
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