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OSI 2018 Fellows: Black Women Build Baltimore; Lil' Laughs


A builder and a comedian are part of the new cohort of Open Society Institute-Baltimore community fellows--each with a remarkable plan to improve city life.

Carpenter Shelley Halstead will transform blocks in the Upton and Druid Heights neighborhoods, one vacant home at a time. Participants in Black Women Build Baltimore will learn valuable job skills, and have the opportunity to buy the homes they restore.

Then, Fred Watkins used humor to find the light in dark times. His group, “Lil' Laughs,” will work in schools to build self-esteem and send a message against bullying.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.