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by teaching students community organizing, The Intersection is kindling a very practical kind of hope—one of those elusive qualities that doesn’t show up in standardized test scores, but is absolutely necessary to educational success.
Teens from The Intersection speak of canvassing for their initiative and an upcoming “Books And BBQ” event, in which their students will read to children from the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
The question has been debated in Baltimore for decades: How can the city cut its murder rate, which is among the highest in the nation? For the 50 young people and their advocates who spent Saturday at Liberty Rec and Tech Center in West Baltimore, part of the solution is to create more jobs.
With the recent surge of shootings in Baltimore—about 40 in the past two weeks—members of The Intersection are taking a stand against the spread of gun violence in their city.
"Cohen said during the campaign, the Intersection hopes to reach more than 400 students, parents, teachers and community members to push conversations and solutions."
"After weeks of answering questions from religious leaders, labor organizers and talk show hosts, those vying to be Baltimore's next mayor fielded questions from an unexpected group Wednesday evening: high school students."