Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

“Bringing fifth graders to campus gives them the opportunity to see themselves at college, and inspires them to see their own education as interesting and meaningful,” said Jaelyn Bos ’17, biological sciences and environmental science. Continue reading Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

“This award speaks to our program and institution’s inspired commitment,” Davis shared. The Choice Program at UMBC is a nationally recognized model for community-based intervention that has served more than 25,000 youth and their families from Maryland’s highest risk communities. Continue reading Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

The program was a tremendous success, with 83 percent of clients served receiving a refund and almost $126,000 in total refunds for the program. Almost two-thirds of the clients who received refunds said they planned to use it to pay off debt, pay past due bills, or save and invest the money. Continue reading First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

“As the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year, Carter is noted for his enthusiasm, his authenticity, and his work to be a champion for students inside and outside of the classroom,” writes Education Post, in a new story highlighting Corey Carter ’08, biological sciences, ’10 M.A.T. Continue reading UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

Mehta shares, “as a senior on my way to medical school in the fall, I can say with confidence that I look forward to all the challenges that life throws my way because UMBC has taught me to have grit and always persevere.” Continue reading Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

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UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

This partnership, announced on January 7, 2016 at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, marks a significant milestone in UMBC’s ongoing work to support Baltimore’s K-12 students, teachers, and their communities. Continue reading UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

The Choice Program’s Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruit Shake stand is turn 35 on July 2. To celebrate, they will be giving away prizes like Orioles tickets, gift cards, and a year of free fruit shakes. Enjoy a fruit shake or smoothie on July 2 from 12-2 p.m. to be automatically eligible to win. Flying Fruit Fantasy is located in the Inner Harbor, next to the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor Promenade. The stand is the on-the-job training site for The Choice Program’s Ready By 21 and Jobs initiatives. Continue reading Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state. The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive … Continue reading The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

Youth in Action is an annual youth-led event, hosted by UMBC’s Choice Program. This year’s Youth in Action aims to use art as a means of catharsis and a platform for the voices of youth to be heard in their communities. This gallery and showcase event will feature artwork created and performed by Choice Program and local community youth. The event will be held on June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Graffiti Warehouse (128 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201). Click here for more information. Continue reading The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

Choice Program Assistant Director Honored by Baltimore Mayor’s Office

Zeevelle Nottingham-Lemon, an assistant director for the Choice Program at UMBC, has been selected by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Baltimorphosis Committee as a Baltimorphosis Changemaker. Changemakers are selected because of their impact on violence prevention in their communities. Zeevelle was selected for the work she has been doing spearheading the Choice Program’s Youth in Action project. Four adults and eight youth living in Baltimore City were chosen as Baltimorphosis Changemakers. They were honored on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore City Hall Rotunda. The ceremony took place during Youth Violence Prevention Week. Continue reading Choice Program Assistant Director Honored by Baltimore Mayor’s Office

Michele Wolff, Shriver Center, and Stephen Freeland, INDS, in The Catonsville Times

Michele Wolff, Shriver Center, and Stephen Freeland, interdisciplinary studies, were featured in an article about UMBC’s new Summer Enrichment Experience in The Catonsville Times. The Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) is a commuter day program through the Shriver Center which offers academic courses for middle and high school students. Wolff shared her goals for the program, saying, “The idea is to give the middle and high school students the opportunity to be on a college campus, but also the opportunity to have an interesting and exciting way to learn about the sciences or arts and humanities based content.” Freeland, who will … Continue reading Michele Wolff, Shriver Center, and Stephen Freeland, INDS, in The Catonsville Times

UMBC Introduces Summer Enrichment for Middle and High School Students

Starting Summer, The Shriver Center at UMBC will offer various hands-on learning opportunities for Middle and High School students through its new Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE). SEE provides an opportunity for local middle and high school students to get a sense of the college learning experience. SEE participants will collaborate and learn under the direction of UMBC faculty and with the support of UMBC undergraduate students. The experiences cover a broad range of academic interests, including STEM and the arts and humanities, and program material focuses on relevant topics, ranging from cybersecurity to devised theatre. View a complete list of … Continue reading UMBC Introduces Summer Enrichment for Middle and High School Students

UMBC Partnership with Arbutus Middle School Featured on BCPS TV

Baltimore County Public Schools TV recently profiled UMBC’s partnership with Arbutus Middle School (AMS), featuring student teaching interns from UMBC and tutors in the Arbutus Achievers program. AMS is a professional development school (PDS) in the UMBC PDS Network, which allows student teachers to complete yearlong Education Internships at the school. Shriver Peaceworker Fellow Mark Zachar ’17 M.A., teaching, and Elizabeth Forney ’14, English, were highlighted in the video for their student teaching experiences at AMS. Forney is now a first-year teacher at AMS and credits her internship with preparing her for a career. “The transition from being an intern … Continue reading UMBC Partnership with Arbutus Middle School Featured on BCPS TV

Eric Ford, Shriver Center, Advises Prospective College Students on Paths to Success in College Express

First-generation and underrepresented minority students can face unique challenges in applying to college and completing their degrees. In an article in College Express, Eric Ford, director of operations for the Shriver Center’s Choice Program, writes about his conversations with four college graduates about the support systems that helped them succeed. Ford identifies several common factors that helped the students graduate, including high parental expectations, dedicated guidance counselors, and supportive university programs. Ford also discussed UMBC’s Choice Program as providing new opportunities for students who might not otherwise see college as a realistic possibility. He shared, “The Choice Program is just one component of … Continue reading Eric Ford, Shriver Center, Advises Prospective College Students on Paths to Success in College Express

Choice Program Director LaMar Davis Speaks Out on Youth Violence through WYPR, Baltimore Sun

LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program at UMBC, visited Midday with Dan Rodricks on September 11 to remember four Choice Program participants who were killed in Baltimore this year and discuss youth violence. The Choice Program works with youth who have been in contact with the juvenile justice system, providing intensive mentorship and teaching job skills. In the interview, Davis reflected on the tragic deaths of Najee Thomas, 14, Keith Powell, 17, Timothy Hall, 15, and Adrian Gilliard, 17, remembering their lives and dreams, and describing their involvement with The Choice Program. He also discussed the systematic social and … Continue reading Choice Program Director LaMar Davis Speaks Out on Youth Violence through WYPR, Baltimore Sun

UMBC Featured in The Baltimore Sun’s Special Section on Education

The Shriver Center’s Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems’ Costa Rica Field Course were featured in The Baltimore Sun‘s September special section on education. Collin Wojciechowski ’13, political science and media and communication studies, and Michele Wolff, Director of The Shriver Center, were quoted in an article focusing on a hands-on approach to learning politics and government. Wojciechowski, who is currently special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff in Governor Martin O’Malley’s office, said part of his experience that led to his job came thanks to GSIP: “It gives you a chance to directly shadow … Continue reading UMBC Featured in The Baltimore Sun’s Special Section on Education

UMBC, Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business Establish Kiva U Chapters With Grants from OneMain Financial

UMBC and Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management are establishing Kiva U microfinance programs, made possible by grants from OneMain Financial, that will offer loans to local and global communities in need. The $25,000 grants will make UMBC and Loyola’s Sellinger School the first two formally designated Kiva U chapters in Maryland. Kiva U seeks to engage students and educators in a global effort to expand financial inclusion, foster community, and have a tangible positive impact on issues that matter to them. UMBC is quickly building a national reputation as a hub for scholars committed to making … Continue reading UMBC, Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business Establish Kiva U Chapters With Grants from OneMain Financial

Governor’s Summer Internship Program Holds Closing Ceremony Celebration

Another successful summer for the Shriver Center’s Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) came to a close with a celebration at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Thursday, August 7. Student interns who participated in the program presented policy papers on significant issues in Maryland government to Governor Martin O’Malley and received feedback from the governor and his staff. The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces Maryland college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive tasks ranging from drafting speeches and correspondence to … Continue reading Governor’s Summer Internship Program Holds Closing Ceremony Celebration

2014 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs

The 2014 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been launched within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Sondheim Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have a total of 50 participants from institutions across the state of Maryland, as well as some out of state institutions. With all of the programs, students are placed with senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state. The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks … Continue reading 2014 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs

Shriver Center Peaceworker Fellows Meet With City Council

The Shriver Center’s Peaceworker Fellows recently met with City Council President Jack Young and City Councilman Jim Kraft to discuss their history of public service and their vision for moving Baltimore forward. UMBC’s Peaceworker Fellows have worked in public service internships at City Hall with Councilman Kraft for nearly a decade. This partnership has allowed Peaceworker alumni to hold positions in various City Hall offices. The above photo features the current cohort of Peaceworker Fellows at Baltimore City Hall on March 28, joined by Peaceworker alumni Kristyn Oldendorf from Councilman Kraft’s Office, Lisa Fink from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal … Continue reading Shriver Center Peaceworker Fellows Meet With City Council

Greg Couturier, Peaceworker Fellow, Writes Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

Greg Couturier, a Peaceworker Fellow affiliated with UMBC’s Shriver Center, recently wrote an op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun about the current state of Baltimore’s juvenile services. In his commentary titled “A plea for moral imagination,” Couturier argues more needs to be done than simply spending money to combat juvenile crime. “Instead of putting delinquent youth in facilities that have been proven to exacerbate violent behavior, many researchers are now calling for a push toward evidence-based, family-centered and community-based interventions, such as multi-systemic therapy, functional family therapy and various types of social education programs,” he writes. Couturier is currently earning his Master’s … Continue reading Greg Couturier, Peaceworker Fellow, Writes Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

SUCCESS Program Featured in Southern Maryland Online, Capital News Service

Now in its second year, The Shriver Center’s SUCCESS Program was featured in a recent Southern Maryland Online article and Capital News Service video. SUCCESS (Students United for Campus-Community Engagement for Post-Secondary Success) is the first four-year college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Maryland. The article highlights the early progress of the program, which has seen its applications nearly triple. Shriver Center Director Michele Wolff talks about how the SUCCESS Program has been building on feedback and response from students and families. “We are building the program as we go, which is…a benefit and a challenge,” Wolff said. “The benefit … is … Continue reading SUCCESS Program Featured in Southern Maryland Online, Capital News Service

Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks

Christine Routzahn, director of professional practice, shares UMBC’s internship process and how it positively impacts the undergraduate experience on WYPR’s “Midday with Dan Rodricks,” which aired last week. An increasing number of college students are trading traditional summer jobs for internships – and many of them are working for free. It is estimated that half of the more than a million undergraduate internships a year are unpaid. While internships have always been seen as effective stepping stones toward career development and job opportunities, recent lawsuits over unfair labor practices have raised concerns about companies using internships to replace employees with … Continue reading Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks

SUCCESS Serves Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Marking the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), yesterday Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the launch of SUCCESS, a four-year post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. The Maryland Department of Disabilities and UMBC partnered to develop the program (press release). An AP report on the announcement, which appeared in The Washington Post and on WBFF FOX45, noted that although students will not receive college credit, they will take a seminar with degree-seeking students, lead a service learning project, and intern at departments on UMBC’s campus. The Baltimore Sun added that SUCCESS will begin with 6-8 students … Continue reading SUCCESS Serves Students with Intellectual Disabilities

UMBC Shriver Center on WYPR

UMBC’s Shriver Center has partnered with College Gardens for 15 years to offer children in Southwest Baltimore tutoring, mentorship and supervised activities after school. This week, WYPR highlighted the hard work of UMBC student volunteers in a news feature on the program, which parents say “provides a safe, academic haven for their children.” Service-learning intern Brittany Rush ’12, GES, has worked with College Gardens for two years. She tells WYPR’s Gwendolyn Glenn that she came into the program aware of negative stereotypes of Baltimore city youth, but she quickly found that “these kids all do care about their futures and … Continue reading UMBC Shriver Center on WYPR