What’s happening?

Faith-based organizations received $1.5 million in federal funding aimed at improving programs for youth in West Baltimore neighborhoods, Tim Tooten reports for WBAL TV. Maryland U.S. Senators made the announcement on Friday, April 1, while gathered on Division Street. 

What programs will the money support? 

Beloved Community Service Corp received a million dollars to aid the organization in its restoration of Thurgood Marshall’s former school, public school 103, including the addition of career centers.

“Thurgood Marshall was a youth when he came to this school and if we want to demonstrate to the young people in the community throughout our city that now you start now preparing yourself for careers,” said Beloved Community Services Corp’s Rev. Alvin Hathaway.

Both the Bethel Empowerment and Wellness Center, a nonprofit community resource center, and the Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown Winchester, a neighborhood collective of religious organizations, received about $250,000. 

Anything else I should know? 

Beloved Community Service Corp expects construction on the first career center to begin over the summer with an official opening in spring 2023.

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Editorial Disclaimer: Reporting for this story was provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and we thank them for their support. However, the findings and conclusions presented in this article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.