Zeke Cohen, Yasmene Mumby and Matt Stern, three Baltimore City social studies teachers started The Intersection in 2011 with a deep belief that young people have the power to transform our city and country. We were disturbed by the sense of disenfranchisement and disengagement of our youth. We needed to do better.
We started our program with nine students, a room in a rec center, and no budget. Throughout that first summer our students built a community garden, created a photo exhibition on environmental injustice which was featured in the Baltimore Sun, registered 118 new voters, and held a Mayoral Forum. Over the course of a single summer our students transformed into civic leaders.
Since then we have evolved into a full service leadership development organization. Our students have passed laws, created jobs, and spoken out at the US Department of Education and at international conferences about issues impacting youth. They have become scholars as well as civic leaders.