Seven OSI Baltimore Community Fellows announced

November 08, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Seven Baltimore Community Fellows were announced Monday by the Open Society Institute. They are:

•Stephanie Murdock, who heads the nonprofit group Skatepark of Baltimore.

•Gary Ashbeck, who wants to make more locally produced food available to residents of the Irvington, Yale Heights and Beechfield communities;

•Meshelle Foreman Shields, a professional comic who will help young black women take pride in their heritage;

•Jessica Turral, who will use her grant money to connect young men in the local juvenile justice system with mental health services and case management while they await trial and after they are released;

•Rebecca Coleman, who will launch the Baltimore Creditor Abuse Prevention Project to protect low-income residents who have been victims of creditor abuse;

•Koli Tengella, a teacher who is developing a theater troupe that will use poetry, dance and hip-hop to explore social justice issues; and

•Sarah Tooley, whose work with 901 Arts, a community-based arts organization in Better Waverly, helps encourage youth leaders.

Each fellow receives a grant of nearly $49,000 to enable them to work full time on his or her project for 18 months. The OSI has given Baltimore Community Fellow grants to 117 residents over the years.

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