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OSI Fellows: Making Baltimore Better

2020 OSI Baltimore Fellows Bree Jones (L) and James Henderson
Open Society Institute
2020 OSI Baltimore Fellows Bree Jones (L) and James Henderson

The Open Society Institute tackles many inequities for Baltimore City residents -- from making fresh food available or healthcare accessible … to housing rights and more. Each year its community fellows bring game-changing ideas. We hear from two —

James Henderson helps young people in the city find paths toward college and entrepreneurship:
“Education and owning businesses is the cornerstone of creating generational wealth.”

And Bree Jones creates homebuyer collectives to transform abandoned neighborhoods, a whole city block at a time:
“They want to live in historically Black spaces as a means of social justice and as a means of wealth building.
Links: Parity Homes, College Tours and Entrepreneurship, Capital Campaign/College Tours and Entrepreneurship.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'