the program

The Intersection has three stages


In the first stage students are introduced to business leaders, elected officials, and community stakeholders. They are also engaged in college-level conversations about the dynamics of cities. They learn leadership, public speaking, and advocacy skills.

During the second stage, our steering committee (made up of students who have completed one year of the program) analyze community issues, especially those affecting youth. Students then select a specific problem to address.

In the third stage, students design and implement targeted projects. Projects might include a community garden, an archive of communal history, a voter registration drive, or a public awareness campaign.

Throughout the program, students receive one-one-one academic support and college readiness counseling. An individualized college and career plan is created, and staff matches students with wrap-around services, if needed.



Our program has two key components: leadership development and academic support.
 

Academic component:

  • Throughout the program, students receive one-one-one academic support, exposure to careers and college readiness counseling. An individualized college and career plan is created for each of our students. All college and career plans include assistance with the FASFA, searching for scholarships and grants, applying for colleges and various programs, and essay writing help.
  • As students progress through their college and career plan, they build a combination of soft-skills such as grit, organization and resilience.  Our staff matches students with wrap-around services, if needed.
  • We continue to support our students in their post-graduation pursuits.  This includes connecting them to on-campus resources and mentors, meeting with students throughout the school year, and celebrating their successes.

Leadership development component:

  • We want our students to emerge from the program as leaders, with the capacity to change our city and country for the better.  We begin our program with an extensive leadership development curriculum which focuses on communication, organizing, advocacy and understanding the complex dynamics of Baltimore.  Students are also introduced to business and non-profit leaders, elected officials, and various community stakeholders.
  • Our students then design and implement community-based projects. Past projects have included a community garden, a youth jobs campaign, a voter registration drive, and participation in the the MD Dream Act and MD Firearm Safety Act.