Youth As Resources (YAR) funds projects that are created and carried out by Baltimore youth (up to 24 years old). YAR provides funding for projects that address our most critical issues. Recent projects include 143 youth leaders and impact an estimated 9,932 of their peers and other community members.
Framily (Friend and Family)Lines –– Teenagers are organizing and hosting a support group aimed to help youth heal from and cope with having a family member who is incarcerated. The program consists of private, youth only sharing circles, writing workshops and advocacy around polices and practices that impact youth with incarcerated loved ones.
A Sisters Bond — Young women have launched a peer-to-peer group and individual mentoring program focusing on sisterhood, individual goal setting and healing trauma.
Creating the Narrative — Young leaders in West Baltimore are organizing a book club with their peers to build unity and increase literacy. They will select, read, and discuss books that are relevant to their lives.
My Box @ Home — Siblings from “Poly” are creating and distributing gift boxes to students from four Baltimore City schools who are not able to attend school in person. Boxes have activities and materials that address learning gaps and mental health.
LatinX Health Talk — Addressing the stigma of sexuality and mental health in the LatinX community, LatinX high school students are organizing peer-to-peer sex education and wellness groups and creating safe spaces for youth to share and receive information.
Not for Sale Youth — Youth leaders are running a summer arts camp focusing on education around human trafficking and healing trauma. A follow-up tool kit will be created and distributed.
It’s Upsetting Me and My Homegirls — Young leaders are addressing the problem of environmental racism, particularly that of food deserts and dumping by increasing the awareness of environmental issues using advertising, organized labor (cleaning and maintaining of Hanlon Park stream) and education.
Young Successful Leaders — Young adults are launching a peer-mentoring and leadership program focusing on entrepreneurship and community building.
Pre-College Peer Mentoring Project — High school students are leading a peer-to-peer pre-college mentoring program that is more personalized, specific and culturally relevant. The program includes sharing resources, field trips to colleges and other institutions.
Youth In Action (renewal) — Teenagers are hosting job fairs to help their peers gain job seeking skills and connect to employment.
Bmore Blxck (renewal) — As an organizing leader for TLGBQ issues, Bmore Blxck will continue to respond to community needs by organizing events and actions in the community including issue/policy forums and panels, food and clothes drives and networking events.