Grounded in our commitment to strengthening bodies, empowering minds and building communities, the mission of the Empowering Minds program is to address the root causes of food insecurity by developing youth leaders and engaging community allies to promote positive social change.
Each Friday, the Baltimore Hunger Project (BHP) fills the weekend hunger needs of thousands of elementary students in the Baltimore area. BHP wants to make an even greater impact. By combining weekend food with education, BHP is challenging 10th and 11th grade students from schools in the Baltimore area to take action on hunger. Empowering Minds – a nine session, competitively selected program – focuses on increasing awareness of food insecurity, aspiring to build a cohort of young advocates to fight hunger.
To invest in youth-centered and youth-led educational and experiential learning programs that provide leadership skills, collaborative partnerships, advocacy and volunteerism, empowering students to ask, “how can I have a greater impact in my school, my community and the world”?
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice:
Baltimore Hunger Project believes that a conscious commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice is essential to fulfilling our mission to strengthen bodies and minds. BHP continues to listen, learn from and embrace the differences of people and perspectives in the communities we serve.
- Increase knowledge of critical issues affecting the greater Baltimore area
- Create an awareness of the individual’s role in the community
- Develop and enhance leadership potential in the participants
- Plan and implement a community project that will benefit the Baltimore community
- Build a network of diverse, authentic relationships with peers from around the region
- Learn from the area’s most influential change makers about topics such as leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience.
Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: July 2023
Program Begins: September 2023