CASA’s Youth Leadership Program to Be Recognized By Baltimore City Council

(Baltimore, MD)– Today, March 23rd, Mi Espacio students was recognized at the Baltimore City Council meeting for their exemplary efforts toward reducing youth violence in Baltimore.  Born out of public health sessions, Mi Espacio is CASA’s after-school youth leadership program and works on violence reduction.

Through a collaborative process, Mi Espacio youth decided to focus their efforts on an anti-violence and unity campaign targeting their peers.

Working together with a MICA graduate student and CASA staff to develop images and messages to promote unity, strength, non-violence, and solidarity, they turned the images and messages into posters that will be displayed in over 15 schools in East and South-East Baltimore, as well as on 8 city buses and in 8 city bus shelters in the neighborhoods where the students live. They are also on display in the City Hall Rotunda.

The messages are all bilingual, targeting Latino and non-Latino youth, and portray the student artists as visual representations of positive messages.  The students presented the posters to school principals, administrators, and to leadership in the department of health and police.

The program is supported through partnerships between CASA, MICA, MTA, the Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore Health Department, and Southeast CDC.

Mi Espacio youth will be recognized at the start of the City Council meeting at 5pm and will be available for interview before and after.

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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