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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.)

     Fusion program and community garden Exeter Gardens recently published a great digital pop-up book telling the narrative of a workday at the Garden.  Take a moment to check it out and be sure to note the great intra-Fusion collaboration between the garden and Baltimore Free Farm!  You can view the digital pop-up book on the Exeter Gardens website via this url:


Fusion Program Youth Empowered Society (YES) is coming very close to opening the doors of a drop-in center for homeless youth! Founded and run by formerly homeless youth and their allies, the YES Drop-In Center will be a safe space to meet the immediate needs (e.g. hot meals, clothing, supplies, showers, laundry, storage, etc.) of Baltimore’s homeless youth between the ages of 14-25 and establish supportive relationships that help youth connect – and stay connected – to long-term resources. Legal, health, and mental health service providers will visit YES weekly. Additionally, youth will learn independent living skills, their legal rights, and have the opportunity to organize with their peers and advocate for policies that are responsive to their needs.

YES is currently working very hard to iron out the final details to secure space to soon offer services from 3-8pm each weekday evening. Until then, they could really use your help, and the help of your networks, to begin collecting supplies and donations.  YES is now running two simultaneous online fundraising campaigns because we want you to be able to choose the campaign that best fits you: GiveCorps ( offers great local incentives, but We Pay ( takes a smaller percentage of what we raise. Thank you in advance for whatever you can give to support opportunity for Baltimore youth!

YES needs:

· Office furniture
· Office supplies
· Office phones
· Cleaning supplies and a vacuum cleaner
· Kitchenware (plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and silverware)
· Colorful paint (for our walls) and painting supplies
· Curtains and/or blinds
· Non-fabric couches and chairs
· Tables
· A washer and dryer (preferably as one unit)
· Well-functioning computers & printers
· Cork boards and white boards
· Lamps and light bulbs
· Hygiene products (such as shampoo, face wash, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc., in both travel and full-sizes)
· Non-perishable food
· Towels and flip-flops for showering
· New or lightly used youth-friendly clothing
· Gift cards to Target, Walmart, and other stores so that we can purchase supplies that we’re not able to collect, and gift cards to Home Depot and Lowes so that we can purchase supplies for our shower renovation

Please contact Lara Law, at or 443-631-3017 if you have anything to donate. Also, please contact the group if you would like to volunteer with YES (specifically need skilled labor volunteers to help us with the shower renovation). Thanks so much!


1601 Guilford Ave, 2 South
Baltimore, MD 21202



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