Empowering Minds

Empowering Minds (EM) challenges 10th and 11th grade students in the greater Baltimore area to take action on hunger. The program revolves around four key statements: understanding the origins of food insecurity, personal connection to the issue, recognizing its significance, and exploring ways to make a meaningful difference.

Our emphasis focuses on developing leadership skills, fostering collaboration, encouraging advocacy, and promoting volunteerism. We aim to empower students to actively ask, “How can I make a greater impact in my school, my community, and the world?”

“This program widens your global lens and reminds me that the people we serve and who are in need, are human too just like you and me.”

K.C., SPRING 2022 GRADUATE

“I learned to be selfless, a leader, and a listener. Being in this environment has inspired me to be a better version of myself and to encourage others to do the same. I feel educated and empowered knowing that we truly can help change the world.”

B.U., SPRING 2023 GRADUATE

“Empowering Minds was a transformative experience that provided me with the tools, support, and perspective to become a compassionate leader within the community. I gained valuable skills in advocacy and deepened my understanding of the large issue of food insecurity through first-hand experiences. This program has not only enhanced my leadership abilities but also shaped me into a more informed and empathetic member of the community.”

M.W., SPRING 2023 GRADUATE

PROGRAM FEE:

  • The program involves a $500 fee per student.
  • Acceptance to the Empowering Minds program is solely merit-based and need-blind. Financial aid, including full and partial scholarships are accessible and will be offered upon acceptance to the program.

Please direct inquiries to: empoweringminds@baltimorehungerproject.org.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 21, 2024

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Ten month program beginning in September.
  • Meets once a month on Sunday afternoons.
Session Topics Include:

BUILDING COMMUNITY

FOOD INSECURITY: ROOT CAUSES, EFFECT & SOLUTIONS

SYSTEMS, JUSTICE, & CIVICS

AMPLIFYING VOICES: A DIALOGUE WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS

CAPSTONE PROJECT

SEEKING INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE:
  • Rising 10th or 11th grade students
  • Committed to community impact and addressing food insecurity root causes
  • Curious about social issues, community development, and leadership
  • Empathetic with a keen ability to recognize and address challenges faced by others