Arianna Hawthorne-Cox and Ki’Myia Anderson, two of the co-founders of The Social Cube, present the idea for their program during Philanthropy Tank’s Baltimore 2022 Finals Event. Fellow students Yasmin Carter, Nazaria Hopkins, and Mashara Watson were also part of the Social Cube team. Screenshot via video by Philanthropy Tank.

Philanthropy Tank Baltimore is accepting applications from Baltimore City students until Oct. 23 for their next group of CHANGEmakers.

The nonprofit seeks to empower and equip young people to create programs that address issues affecting their neighborhoods. The organization is searching for new ideas from Baltimore students who want to inspire change in their communities.

Cohorts will receive up to $15,000 in funding to help grow their ideas into a program. They will also have one-on-one access to mentors from local businesses or nonprofit sectors, who will help students as they face challenges and make decisions with their programs.

Current mentors include Eric Abel, senior managing director and CFO of ValStone Partners; Jarnell Swecker, head of strategic partnerships at Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream; and others.

“Philanthropy Tank is providing resources and guiding the next generation of leaders to think creatively and solve problems they experience in their everyday lives,” said Amy Brand, CEO of Philanthropy Tank, in a statement. “If you know a Baltimore City student with an idea, encourage them to apply and take that first step to enacting positive change.”

Since 2019, Philanthropy Tank Baltimore has worked with 30 students from 13 different Baltimore City schools, funded 14 programs, and awarded over $150,000.

Former program cohorts have created programs to support victims of gun violence, reduce food deserts, improve reading literacy, and more.

To be eligible to become a CHANGEmakers, applicants must be enrolled in 8th-11th grade and living or attending school in Baltimore City.

Ideas for a program to address a community issue can be submitted as an individual or a team of up to four students.

Interested students can apply online on Philanthropy Tank’s website.

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