Posts tagged The Choice Program
UMBC Student Leaders and Community Leaders at BlackBox Theatre
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by: Marvin Roxas

"You get to know people by listening to them."
~Mama Deborah

"I usually don't get listened to..."
~UMBC Student

On Wednesday November 29th, 20 student leaders and community leaders from UMBC's Choice Program came to the WombWork Black Box Theatre to participate in a virtues training and discussion about talking about race. Facilitated by Mama Kay and Mama Rashida, the event opened up with participants introducing themselves and the virtue that most resonated with them at that moment in their lives. The group then paired off and spent five minutes actively listening to each other share both their darkest moment in their lives and their most shining moment in their lives. Other activities involved sharing personal viewpoints, perceptions, and opinions about race within small groups.

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The power of this workshop came from student leaders finding common ground to connect with one another's stories and recognize that they are not alone despite their differences. At the end of the event, students and community leaders shared in a meal catered by the local Agape House Catering.

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UMBC The Choice Program's College Night
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By: Marvin Roxas

On Monday November 13th, WombWork Productions, Inc.'s Next Generation Art Ensemble performed at the University Center Building at UMBC to start a conversation with youth about addressing racial inequity, their personal journey to college, and how they see themselves working in partnership with social change activists in Baltimore. 

The program was organized by The Choice Program at UMBC in partnership with:

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"The Choice Program at UMBC is a not-for-profit organization administered by The Shriver Center at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). For 30 years, Choice has engaged, mentored, trained, and advocated for disconnected youth. The overarching program goals are to:

  • reduce recidivism of young people involved in the justice system;
  • reduce placement in foster care for youth in the social services system;
  • and strengthen youth and family ties to the community through increased educational and vocational opportunities.

The Choice Program interventions provide services in the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas. The program has strong partnerships with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the Maryland Department of Social Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, and AmeriCorps."

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