Grab your sweetheart and pin on that corsage- Fusion program The Baltimore Free School‘s fourth annual School Dance is coming up! Cake, punch, the Bellevederes and DJ Jason Willett! The proceeds will help keep the BFS doors open for anyone to teach or take a class for free. The Bellevederes bring the 1960s funk and soul, with lesser-known dance gems from Etta James, Marva Whitney, Irma Thomas, and more. DJ Jason Willett picks up with dance tracks from his fantastic collection, pulling from the farthest corners of the recorded world.

At the 5th Floor H&H Building, at 405 West Franklin St. (just down the street from the Free School)

Doors at 10, Bellevederes play about 10:30, the whole shebang ends around 2. $5 – $10 sliding scale donation benefits the Baltimore Free School. Spread the word!

Click here to View The Facebook event!

Fusion is proud to announce that The National Network of Fiscal Sponsors (NNFS) has officially launched a website!  Since being invited to sit on the NNFS Steering Committee, Fusion has benefited from the wealth of knowledge and prestige that the group embodies.  Click the NNFS logo below to check out the website and all of the exciting work being done which promises to not only strengthen Fusion’s work as a Fiscal Sponsor, but also the Non-profit sector as a whole!

Click on the flyer to RSVP on facebook!

Click Here to purchase tickets!

We’re incredibly proud to announce that fusion program Youth Empowered Society has officially opened the doors of Baltimore’s premier Homeless Youth Drop-in Center!   See the flyer below for more info on how the YES Drop-In Center is serving one of Baltimore’s most overlooked communities.

Thursday, September 27th, at The Charles Theater please join Fusion program New Lens as they host “New Generation Jobs,” a FREE event focusing on youth employment strategies. Watch youth-produced video of young entrepreneurs and other stories of employed youth, learn the stats on youth employment, listen to a panel of people involved in innovative youth job strategies and join in on the conversation.

The dynamic panel includes the Office of Learning To Work Career and Technology Education at Baltimore City Public Schools, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and young people from youth-led organizations in Baltimore. The panel will be moderated by Baltimore’s long-time radio host Marc Steiner and the Q&A moderated by youth leaders from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. The featured videos were created by New Lens young people and offer a unique youth perspective on this pressing social issue.

Join the youth leaders of New Lens in exploring ideas and most importantly, join in investing in the new generation!

Click here to view the event on facebook!

Please join the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC) in honoring International Overdose Awareness Day – this Friday, August 31, 2012.

Did you know that drug overdose (OD) is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, causing more deaths than motor vehicle crashes and shootings? This epidemic is particularly troubling in Baltimore City, where the death rate from drug OD is more than three times higher than the national average! In 2007 alone, 213 city residents died from opioid overdose (DHMH, 2011).

Yet with proper policies, funding, and support, we CAN end this senseless epidemic! Overdose Awareness Day is one opportunity to remember the people who have experienced or have been lost due to drug overdose. It is also a call to action, to increase visibility about overdose, reduce relevant stigma, and instigate policy and personal change.

Here are some easy steps you can take to increase awareness about this crisis:

  • Comment on BSHRC’s facebook page with anecdotes, stories, or memorials relating to OD. Share your experiences with or feelings about overdose, or simply list a name in memoriam or celebration. (To remain anonymous, message or email us, and we will post on your behalf.)
  • Wear silver [gray is okay] on Friday to show solidarity. Gather your friends and colleagues, make signs showing your support for OD awareness, and take photos. Post the photos to Facebook and tag BSHRC (or email them to us and we will post them for you).
  • Spread the Word: Join our Facebook event page – and then share our posts; Use hashtag #OD12 on Twitter to join the international conversation.
  • Donate to the Naloxone Fund, benefiting the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Your tax-deductible gift will go directly to saving a life!

For more information or to become involved with BSHRC, email Jen at

(Source: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). State of Maryland. (2011). Data update: Rising prescription drug abuse in Maryland.)

Two+ years ago the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative Youth Leaders held an Art Slam on a cold February night. Now, as the Youth Empowered Society (YES), the youth leaders are at it again, this time in the heat of the summer!

Join YES as they showcase the art, poetry, song, and dance of Baltimore’s youth. If you’re a young person with a talent or if you would like to help, please contact YES.

Suggested donation of $10 (no one will be turned away for a lack of funds)

There will be artwork to purchase at a silent auction, a bake sale, and of course great performances. Bring yourself and your friends!

If you would like to be a part of the YES Art Slam contact Shawn Toyer, @ 443.879.9183 or click the link below to check out the facebook event page!

Click here to add the event on facebook!

As you locals may know, we had a super soggy weekend here in Baltimore.  Unfortunately the weather resulted in the cancellation of the Word On The Street Summer BBQ.  Well, the group didn’t waste much time organizing a rain date!  The official rain date for the WOTS summer BBQ will be:

Thursday, July 26 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

If you are bringing items or food, we ask that you come to the park at 9:00 AM so we can get ready beforehand.

Further Inquiries can be directed to:

Here at Fusion we like to think of our approach to fiscal sponsorship as a novel approach to the cutting edge support of Grassroots Social Justice Community Organizing.  While we are incredibly excited about the potential of fiscal sponsorship to enable communities to do great things we also understand that novel ideas often require a little explanation.  A while back we decided that the best way to relate how Fusion supports our community of grassroots programs and organizers was to let them do the talking!  Long time subscribers and fans of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. may recall the post “What Has Fusion Done For You?” -A Video Series- in which we sat down with Hit & Stay’s Joe Tropea to find out how Fusion supports his project.   Recently our amazing super-woman intern Erika Rodriguez took it upon herself to put together another video interviewing The Den’s Kalima Young about what Fusion has done to support the realization of Baltimore’s LGBT  Youth Center!   The video turned out great so take a few minutes to check it out and learn more about the work we do here!

“What has Fusion done for you?” -Interview Series- Episode 2- The Den


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