The Initiative Baltimore (501(c)(3) strives to inspire young men to lead their communities through civic engagement, community development and political leadership.
The initiative aims to foster a Baltimore community where every citizen votes, is educated about the political system and is encouraged to develop community-driven solutions.
The Initiative idea rose from the contentious 2016 presidential election, which emboldened citizens to vocalize their community and political concerns in national demonstrations. Unable to vote, youth made their voices heard through nationwide marches, rallies, and school walk-outs. Baltimore youth, who had already begun sharing political concerns and community expectations in the wake of Freddy Gray’s death, were no exception. Building on this awakening, The Initiative was created to help young men identify constructive ways to channel their community passion. In monthly meetings of the twelve-month mentorship program, young men will learn about taking local, city, and state community action and engaging in public service.