The birthplace of both “The Star Spangled Banner” and the annual “Hon Fest,” where women tease their hair in 1960s-style beehives, Baltimore represents a fascinating mix of history and creativity. Once an industrial powerhouse, Baltimore remains as industrious as ever with a transitioning economy starting to focus more on science and technology.

In spite of this, the overall educational system in Baltimore is struggling, with countless low-income youth being left behind. Thanks to the hundreds of local nonprofits, The Chief Service Officer, and the work of organizations like Jewish Volunteer Connection, a program of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, there are significant efforts in place working to address this gap. Through Repair Communities, we’re going to bolster these initiatives, mobilizing local volunteers to be committed youth mentors and coaches to help bridge the educational divide.

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