This year’s Annual Meeting and Celebration was made possible thanks to the support of our 2019 Sponsors. Thank you for your continued commitment to improving outcomes for Baltimore’s children, youth, and families!
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Meet Our 2019 Community Award Recipients
Family League is excited to announce this year’s class of distinguished Community Award honorees. Each typifies our mission and values in their work and their tireless commitment to improve the lives of Baltimore’s children, youth, and families.
This award recognizes an outstanding thought partner in impact for Baltimore’s families and children. During the Maryland General Assembly’s 2019 Legislative Session, Senator McCray authored Senate Bill 218 Human Services – Food Supplements, the Summer SNAP for Children Act. This legislation has the potential to serve as a significant measure in supporting families of school-aged children by providing an additional $30 per month, per child, in direct financial food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reducing food insecurity for children and families during the summer months.
New for this year’s annual meeting and celebration, the Chairman’s Award recognizes the contributions of a member of Family League’s Board of Directors whose commitment leaves an indelible mark on the organization’s ability to meet its mission and live out its values. A respected authority on nonprofit and community development finance, Charles Werhane played an integral role in ensuring Family League practices efficient stewardship of public and private dollars.
This award is presented to a partner organization who has shown support for Family League’s mission and vision through their work. DRU/Mondawmin Healthy Families, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of community informed approaches to addressing infant mortality in the City of Baltimore. Founded in 1999, DRU/Mondawmin is Baltimore City’s first evidence-based, in-home visiting agency for families with pregnant women and children under the age of five. To date, they have nurtured nearly 1,000 healthy families in Baltimore.
This award is given to an organization or person which advocates for positive social change for Baltimore’s children and youth. Inspired by the 2015 Freddie Gray uprising, Joni Holifield founded HeartSmiles to focus on motivating, inspiring, and empowering Baltimore’s youth to reach for success and to dream big regardless of their circumstance. Four years later, HeartSmiles offers free services for youth and young adults including mentoring, tutoring, assistance with the college application process, resume building, assistance with finding employment and internships, learning events, networking opportunities, and youth entrepreneurship.
2019 Youth Leadership Award Co-Recipients
Jazmine Moore shared an impassioned and heartfelt speech at MERIT’s Scholar Impact Symposium this June where she told audience members about her personal struggle with dyslexia and anxiety. She used to hope that her teachers would not call on her to read in class because she was so nervous about reading aloud. Jazmine said that her mother – who was in attendance that night – stayed up late every night reading with her for years, building her skills and confidence. Jazmine went on to excel in the classroom and was accepted into MERIT Health Leadership Academy in her sophomore year.
As a MERIT scholar, Jazmine doggedly pursued the opportunity to become a Brancati fellow and work in a community-based organization throughout the school year, on top of her demanding school and MERIT commitments. She was accepted as a Brancati fellow with Bedtime-In-A-Box, an organization that develops and delivers boxes to support the education and health of local families. Jazmine hopes to pursue a career in medicine and would like to one day work in pediatrics.
Antonio Moore is a 20-year-old East Baltimore native who currently serves as the Youth Leader of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. He leads work in four areas of that are social determinants of health for young people: (1) youth gun violence prevention, (2) complex trauma and disconnection, (3) food insecurity among adolescents, and (4) workforce development for young people.
In his work, he has attended many conferences, has been published, and was re-tweeted by a presidential candidate.
Antonio also actively engages and mentors high risk youth in his neighborhood and leads other young people to become leaders. He has even created his own consulting company, Antonio Moore LLC, to provide his perspective and expertise from his experiences growing up in Baltimore city to various youth serving organizations. He plans to become a lawyer and is interested in working in public defense.
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