We get a behind the scenes view of how OSI community fellows are selected with Pamela King, who oversees the program, and 2016 fellow Gianna Rodriguez, who heads Baltimore Youth Arts.
Then, we kick off our profiles of this year’s fellows with Alphonso Mayo. He was working as a football coach when he saw the gap a mentor could fill. Mayo’s project - Mentors Mentoring - will bring middle, high school, and college students together to build a chain of mentoring.
Neighborhood food pantries in Park Heights allow families to take what they need. A composting effort in south Baltimore turns food scraps into rich garden soil. Today, two Open Society Institute fellows share fresh ideas to improve city life.