Empowering Minds

Our Mission:

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.

Our Vision:

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.

Our Values:

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”?

“My time in the Baltimore Hunger Project’s Empowering Minds was very valuable and taught me so much about not only leadership, but about the growing issue of food insecurity. I also learned about problems present and my community and our group was able to create a project that would aid in the fight against the problem of hunger and food insecurity. This program helped me to gain very valuable lessons and skills that will help me for the rest of my life!”

“Being a part of the Empowering Minds was an unforgettable experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of! I learned so much about food insecurity and food related issues in my community, and our group was able to create a project to help fight those issues. I grew tremendously as a person, and am now a much better leader, decision-maker, public speaker, and overall a better member of my community! This program is truly incredible and was so amazing to be a part of!”

“The EM program has given me the opportunity, resources, mentors, and support to flourish as a leader and as a student who commits to make the world a better place. We learned the tools and skills to truly take community service to the next level, such as financial literacy, research, data collection, and advocacy. 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.”

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.

Our Objectives:

  • 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.
Empowering Youth Leadership Initiative group photo

Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: July 2023

Program Begins: September 2023

Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: July 2023

Program Begins: September 2023

Program Overview:
  • Building Community
  • Food Insecurity: An Introduction
  • Systems, Justice, & Civics
  • Amplifying Voices: A Dialogue with Community Leaders
  • Baltimore Experience Field Trip
  • Research & Data Tools
  • Financial Literacy Skills
  • Growing Food in Communities
  • Personal Values, Mission Statement and What’s Next
  • Capstone Project and Celebration
Contact Details


9596 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093