Budget Cuts to Youth Programs
After the unrest last spring following the death of Freddie Gray, critics pointed to the lack of opportunities for young people in Baltimore. Under a national spotlight, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake added $4.2 million in funding for after-school programs. The money paid for nearly 2,500 new spots for kids, mostly in underserved areas. Sandtown-Winchester, the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived, was among them. Now budget season has rolled round once more. The city began the process with a major shortfall, and the mayor wants to cut last year’s bump in afterschool funding to help make up the difference. What would this mean for young people?
Howard Libit, director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the Baltimore Mayor’s Office
Ellie Mitchell, director of the Maryland Out of School Time Network
Carol Reckling, executive director, Child First Authority
Gretchen LeGrand, executive director, Code in the Schools