SUMMER 2017 FINAL REPORT (Recovered)

Violence Prevention

Museum & Nature Visits

Aviation Aerospace

Healthy Cooking

Sports Golf/Soccer

Centering Exercises

Unified Efforts, Inc. A Youth Development Violence Prevention Program Baltimore, MD

Debbie Ramsey Executive Director-Founder Unified Efforts, Inc. Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow Greetings Friends,

This year Unified Efforts, Inc. open its doors to forty school age students. We doubled our attendance from our 2016 enrollment. Clearly, we have responded to the needs of this historic community known as Penn-North. Students were from surrounding west Baltimore neighborhoods. Many were within walking distance and others arrived by public and private transportation. The boys outnumbered the girls. The ages ranged from five to nineteen years of age. Included in our population were students assigned to us from Baltimore City’s Office of Employment and Development: Youth Works. Our hours of operation, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm for four consecutive weeks. An additional week was added to accommodate the Youth Works students. We began on June 26 th and concluded on July 21 st . (Youth Works ended July 28th). This was also our second consecutive year at Fulton Baptist Church, located at 1630 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217. In the heart of Penn-North and bordered by Upton, Sandtown-Winchester, Fulton Heights and Reservoir Hill communities. We are humbled and appreciative of Fulton Baptist Church’s Pastor Julian Rivera and its entire congregation for allowing our program to be housed at their community center within their place of worship. Unified Efforts, Inc. is earnestly seeking to develop, build and construct its own permanent site within the Penn-North community. Presently, this endeavor is in the works: There is no end date. This programwould not have been made possible without the continued support of our friends. On behalf of the parents, the community, our children and care providers we thank you all in helping to make this year’s program a success and more importantly, for five weeks we kept forty children safe and sound. Peace and Light to All,

“ Following the North Star – heading our children in the right direction”

Our Mission:

Provide and

respond to the, out of school time, needs of the children of west Baltimore, MD.

Justin Brooks, a resident of west Baltimore, is one of our participating students. Attended our 2016 Summer Program, received a paid internship at Legal Aid of Maryland-Baltimore Office, and will be attending college Fall of 2017

To consistently provide meaningful and structured activities for K-12 students.

Help children with their academic responsibilities.

Seek out peaceable solutions: Provide alternatives to violence youth programs and activities.

Provide opportunities for parents, guardians, and care providers to participate in the process. Make available positive civic engagement opportunities applicable for youth involvement. To always be mindful and appreciate the people, the community’s history and receptive of their enlightenment in helping Unified Efforts, Inc. in becoming a “partner” of their choosing. Our Vision: To become part of Penn-North’s community by erecting a fixed site that will be conveniently located for its youth to access when out of school time activities are needed .

2017 Summer Program Day One: Financial Literacy

June 26 th PNC provided Financial Teen Literacy information for

our Middle & High School Students

Week One: Swimming at Swan Lake in Baltimore, MD…

…received handmade gifts fromour friends: Izzy dolls for all!

Sharing with Dad her new “Izzy” friend

… annual visit to THE REGINALD F. LEWIS AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL MUSEUM BALTIMORE, MD

CULTURAL AND ENLIGHTENING!

4 Weeks: HEALTHY COOKING IS HEALTHY EATING. STUDENTS ENGAGE IN WHOLE FOODS PREPARATION & ENJOYING IT!

WEALLATEWHATOUR STUDENTS PREPARED: OUR SITE A “SOFTDRINK” FREE ZONE!

Unified Efforts’ young chefs in the house!

WEEK TWO:

GOLF AT PINE RIDGE DULANEY VALLEY-BALTIMORE COUNTY BALTIMORE, MD

CREATIVITY IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE YOUNG

CREATING AND COOPERATING GO HAND AND HAND

Our kids could not get enough of getting their hands saturated in c o l o r and creating works of art!

WEEK THREE:

ON SITE FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS FROM Colgate BRIGHT SMILES, BRIGHT FUTURES ™

A visit from Unified Efforts’ “friendly” Bullying Prevention mascot: A reminder to be respectful towards one another .

Centering techniques for kids

with Friend Jennie Sherwin

Our friends from The Baltimore Blast stopped by and provided introductory soccer techniques .

WEEK FOUR:

IRVINE NATURE CENTER GARRISON, MD Empathy for the least vulnerable creatures helps our students to gain empathy for one another.

Taking care of nature – not having dominion over it .

OFF SITE HEALTHY COOKING AT THE IMPACT HUB IN EAST BALTIMORE

Our Students continued their healthy eating, preparing and appreciating whole foods with certified Nutritionist Crystal Fordham of the Impact Hub in Baltimore, MD.

SOME OF OUR OTHER 2017 SUMMER PROGRAM SPECIAL MOMENTS

Follow this link to hear Davia’s interview by WBAL-TV, while on our site, about Unified Efforts. http://www.wbaltv.com/article/young-chefs-learn-how-to-cook-healthy-recipes/10282834

Justina Pollard WBAL-TV Communication Director

In the News – but in a positive way. WBAL-TV visited our summer program. We were humbled to have received such positive coverage for our children’s sake here in Penn-North. Thank you Justina Pollard/WBAL-TV Communication Director and west Baltimore, MD native. Top: L/R: Bo Brand (UE Volunteer), Jason Newton (WBAL-TV News Anchorman), Justina Pollard (WBAL- TV Communication Director). Bottom L/R: Kim Darcy (WBAL-TV Interviewer), Julian Rivera (Pastor Fulton Baptist Church), and Abraham McCauley (North Avenue Community Development Corporation, Inc. Board Member).

July 10, 2017

Unified Efforts’ Youth Works Student Charles Dixon Aspirations of attending Law School

Judge Wilson District Court of Maryland

Civic Engagement Component: Our Baltimore Youth Works students visited Judge Wilson’s open docket at District Court of Maryland Eastside District Court in east Baltimore, MD. After we had observed a complete criminal docket a Q&A was privately given, and our students enthusiastically engaged in this opening. Our students asked about legal concerns from the Public Defenders, Assistant State’s Attorneys, the sitting Criminal Judge and other officers of the court. L/R: Students Mark Griffin, Jr., Chris Sykes, DaJour Tillsdale, (Judge Wilson), Charles Dixon, Ayanna Urena and Cencere Echols. Thank you, Judge Wilson, for your kindness.

Visit to Kennedy-Krieger Institute

With Dr. Anna Maria Wilms Floet, Jocelyn McCarty HR/Recruitment & Jamie Ball Kurman, Director 801 N. Broadway Building Baltimore, MD Career Opportunities

OUR STAFF

Unified Efforts, Inc.

Left: LaVern Herbert: Graduated from Loyola University last spring (Degree in Health-Medical Profession.) Right: Phyllis Ali : Graduated from Coppin State University last spring (Degree in Social Work) Both work with our lower and middle school students. These women have been a huge part of our success. We humbly thank them all: Both have been with Unified Efforts, Inc. for two consecutive years. In our summer and winter programs.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Olivia Koulish (On her way to high school at Baltimore’s City College) Our

first Intern and works with our lower school age students.

Bo Brand (Back to college in her 3 rd year, California, USA) Works with our

upper students: Youth Works teens.

Ghadir J. Smallwood (Back to college in her 3 rd year, UMBC-works with our lower

and middle school students).

2017 SUMMER PROGRAM PHOTO GALLERY FROM PENN-NORTH – WEST BALTIMORE, MD

Helping to meet our youth’s academic responsibilities. Congratulations to our Justin Brooks!

Unified Efforts, Inc. “guiding our youth in the right direction – follow the North Star”

New perspectives! Middle River Aviation, Inc. Martin State Airport Middle River, MD

At our temporary home in west Baltimore, MD – Fulton Baptist Church (Penn-North) June 26- July 21, 2017

YOUTH WORKS AT THE PARKWAY THEATRE PRIVATE TOUR WEST BALTIMORE July 20, 2017

Closing exercises at Fulton Baptist Church on July 23, 2017. Song sung by our class of 2017: “ The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelley

Volunteer Ghadir knows how to get and maintain their attention.

Summertime, school is out, ice cream, sitting under a shade tree, and watching the ships roll by … life is good! Our students enjoying Harbor East in downtown Baltimore, MD. June 29, 2017

https://youtu.be/MAmrxJQ5FRU https://youtu.be/yDuCa25md-I https://youtu.be/6yIHa60_6fE

https://youtu.be/sk-dJt1OcnY https://youtu.be/b0GgFKQzAeM https://youtu.be/6iXAgk3kcS0 https://youtu.be/d3ZK2IfJeb0 We are asking that you click the above links to hear, in their own words, the benefits they received from Unified Efforts, Inc. 2017. Free Summer Violence Prevention Program. Appreciative of their assessments. Thank you for your support Debbie Ramsey Volunteer and Executive Director Unified Efforts, Inc. 443-800-0566 unifiedefforts@comcast.net http://unifiedefforts.com Mailing Address: 200 Cross Keys Road #42 Baltimore, MD 21210

Unified Efforts, Inc. is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. By which all donations are tax deductible.

” Follow the North Star – heading our youth in the right direction”

PEACE INTEGRITY EQUALITY SIMPLICITY

Tending to the needs of our children.

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