Deck the Walls

“Art for sale by local professional artists, Jubilee Arts participants and area art students-
Cash prizes for youth who donate work, winners announced at event
See for more information and brunch menu!”

“Proceeds from Deck The Walls will provide scholarships for aspiring young artist to further enhance their creative skills by participating in Jubliee Art’s dynamic artistic programs and projects. Our goal is to raise scholarships that will provide 28 students with the opportunity to participate in one full year of arts classes valued at $210 per scholarship. We welcome you to join us on our mission to provide a positive and uplifting environment for our youth living in the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods. To find out how you can be involved visit us at or follow us on Twitter or Instagram: @jubileearts1.”

Deck the Walls

The Greater Homewood Adult Learning Center is Recruiting Volunteers

About 99,000 Baltimore City adults do not have a high school diploma, enough to fill Ravens Stadium and over half of Oriole Park.  For over 20 years, the Greater Homewood Adult Learning Center has been serving the needs of the greater Baltimore area with quality, learner-centered instruction at no charge to adults ages 16 and older.  Volunteer with the Center and help adult learners develop the skills they need to succeed in life and work.  Volunteer One-to-One Tutors and Classroom Assistants are needed to teach reading, writing, English language,  and/ or math.  We are also recruiting Computer Class Instructors and Job Coaches to assist our Workforce Program participants with job searching, resume writing, and interview skills.  If you can spare two hours a week, you can make a huge difference in the life of an adult learner!  Scheduling is flexible.  Visit our website at for more information.  Please contact Erin George, Volunteer & Outreach, at or 410-261-3519 to request an application.

Project PLASE – Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Project PLASE to help promote successful transitions and stable homes for your community’s homeless population. Our volunteer program offers individuals and groups a variety of challenging and rewarding opportunities to serve the Project PLASE community.

 Administrative Support Project PLASE staff welcomes the assistance of helpful volunteers at the agency headquarters.

  • Answer phones
  • Filing and light data entry
  • Computer trainings
  • Arrange donation pick ups

Client-Centered Help to foster relationships with our clients and the community!  

  • Cook & serve a meal
  • Coordinate social activities
  • Help residents to move
  • Provide arts and crafts instruction
  • Computer tutoring
  • Facilitate exercise or relaxation classes (yoga, walking, tai chi)
  • Work with clients in our garden
  • Lead self-esteem groups
  • Mentor and tutor residents

Property Maintenance Volunteers who wish to assist with the maintenance of our facilities have a variety of options both indoors & outdoors!

  • Plant and weed flowerbeds
  • Trim hedges and grass
  • Rake leaves
  • Paint residents’ common areas & living spaces
  • Decorate facilities for the holidays

Communications & Development We believe strongly in our mission here at Project PLASE. If you feel the same way we do, we would love your involvement with our agency!

  • Invite a member of the Project PLASE “Faces of PLASE” Speakers’ Bureau to come speak to your organization or social group
  • Join on our special events committee
  • Represent PLASE at a community outreach event
  • Host a supplies donation drive (art & school supplies, personal hygiene items, etc.)

For more information, contact Faith Savill at 410-837-1400 x 36

or email Project PLASE at

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Playworks is currently recruiting for full-time Program Coordinators for the 2011-2012 school year.  We’re looking for people who have experience working with kids, who are enthusiastic and motivated to be working in Baltimore City Schools, and who have a passion for service (this is a full-time AmeriCorps position with Playworks). 

If interested go to this link:

About the Organization:

With more than 300 professionals in cities across the country, Playworks is a fast growing national nonprofit. We provide safe, inclusive, healthy play and physical activity to low-income schools, to improve learning and teaching. Playworks maximizes the value of recess, making play a part of every day and ultimately transforming the learning environment for children nationwide. For more information, please visit:

About the Position:

Our enthusiastic, well-trained Playworks coaches manage a safe and inclusive recess where children are inspired to get off the sidelines and into the game. They employ play and physical activity as tools for generating more community and family involvement through teaching and implementing conflict resolution strategies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Duties (if applicable):

Planning and implementing sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school.

  • Recess – create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior
  • Junior Coach Program – organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff
  • Class Game Time – lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
  • After School Program – organize a homework/snack and a physical activity period for around 15 students focusing on building a community as well as reinforcing the
  • Playworks philosophy
  • Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues.
  • This includes building a school community and coordinating volunteers
  • Administrative Duties:
  • Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, families, and volunteers
  • Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules and timesheets
  • Collect and maintain paperwork and data for various grant requirements



  • Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
  • Ability/Willingness to commit to completion of 1700 during the program year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects)
  • Motivated self-starter with clear and open communication skills
  • Humorous and playful with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools
  • Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multitasking
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community
  • Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written



  • Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
  • Living stipend for the 10 month period
  • Education Award of $5,550 for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum 1700 hours of service)
  • Health plan includes medical benefits
  • Possible reimbursement of childcare expenses


To Apply:

  • Go to
  • Please no phone calls
  • Position will remain open until filled


As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

ROOTSFest 2011

ROOTSFest 2011 is a 5-day celebration of arts and culture, and an exploration of the ways by which art and culture may be used to foster healing, leadership and sustainability in our communities. ROOTSFest is put on as a collaborative effort between Alternate Roots, a re-gifting arts organization based in Atlanta, GA and CultureWorks, an arts group based in West Baltimore. This celebration of West Baltimore is based around the Highway to Nowhere — the project on Route 40 that displaced hundreds of families and created not an active freeway, but a failed, empty, and somewhat haunting strip dividing neighborhoods and communities. CultureWorks and Alternate Roots are seeking to create a new image/perception of this area as a blank, green slate (52 acres of green space along the Highway are under- (or utterly un-)used and will act as the stages to both performing artists and art installations) to serve as the foundation that may reawaken a community in disrepair.
ROOTSFest will take place from June 22-26, and will be an all-day (and most the night) affair. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will host the National Learning Exchange, an opportunity for artists and community activists from all around the country to come together to discuss and explore the impact and possibilities of arts and culture on cities, neighborhoods and communities such as ours. The Learning Exchange will run from 10-4, starting with a keynote speaker and moving into breakout sessions. Late Night Cabarets will take place Thursday and Friday evening (10:30pm until…) at the LoFT in Station North and artists will be staying in MICA dorms for the entirety of the festival. Following the NLE on Wednesday and Thursday, ROOTSFest will be hosting performances (everything from dance to theatre to spoken word)… somewhere, hopefully in Station North. 
Needs!!!  We’re looking for people to 1) come and support the festival (Sat (10am-10pm) & Sun (10am-6pm). Outdoor Festivals are totally free and will have performances on 4 stages over the course of the weekend, as well as artist, community, health and vendor booths), 2) be part of the National Learning Exchange (fees for local folks are only $25/day, which is pretty great). This is an amazing experiential opportunity to open an absolutely essential conversation. In order to be effective, we need to hear from people from all walks of life. Please come! 3) if you’re interested, we need really good and interesting and motivating folks to help lead some break out rooms at the NLE and 4) this is where the majority of you come in: LOTS of volunteers. For everything.
Please see the official ROOTSFest website at for all information. If people are interested in joining the NLE, they can sign up on the website or contact Natalya at Volunteers should contact Jai Brooks at or
at 443-413-2577. Anyone with questions is also welcome to e-mail or call me at anytime at

Community Based Learning – weekly programming

 Futuro Latino Learning Center

Saturday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Session I          
Conversation Participants 37 20 17 7
Conversation Volunteers 16 11 23 5
Kids’ Play Kids 4 3 1  3 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 6 5 8  1 2
Session II          
ESL Participants 125 119 67 15  25
New ESL Participants 13 8 3  1 2
ESL Volunteers 53 44 53  10 12
Kids’ Cultural Kids 25 42 26  11 8
Kids’ Cultural Volunteers 29 17 22  3 5
Session III          
Computers Participants 64 87  52   17
Computers Volunteers 27 26  26   7
Kids’ Play Kids 21 34 30   7
Kids’ Play Volunteers 13 12 15   3
Special Event 0 3  n/a   3
Program Assistants 3 4  1   1
Sunday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Participants 16 4 8  4 3
PTP Volunteers 36 17 27  5 9
Kids’ Play Kids 4 1 4  1 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 11 3 3  2 2

Average = 14 weeks of programming


RAS/WAS (Read-a-Story, Write-a-Story) 

Date   Participants
28-Feb   22
1-Mar   15


The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region.  Each cohort participates in an intensive year-long residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary or middle school. UTC’s residents will be fully prepared to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, residents also enroll in a Master’s of Education program that is directly relevant to the urban teacher. All UTC teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance:  only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program. Over time, our teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation. For more information or to apply, visit us on the web at, or email  Our last deadline for the 2011-12 school year is:  May 2, 2011.  The program begins July 5, 2011. 

Kerry Whitacre Swarr

Director of Human Capital

Urban Teacher Center

12 W. Madison Street

Second Floor

Baltimore MD 21201


C (410) 446-3463

Now accepting applications (deadline May 2, 2011)

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