WATCH: Kevin Plank Honors Promising Baltimore City Students at the 29th Annual CollegeBound Scholars Luncheon

August 24, 2017
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Last month Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, was the guest speaker at the CollegeBound Scholars Luncheon. Held for a crowd of over 900 people, the event recognized the many students from Baltimore City that CollegeBound has helped prepare to go to college. It was also an opportunity for friends, family, and supporters of the organization to celebrate these students who successfully enrolled in college. In addition to a $1M donation from the Plank Family Foundation, Kevin Plank offered congratulations, words of wisdom, and inspiration to the crowd. Watch this video for highlights from the event!

To learn more about the CollegeBound Foundation and their work to encourage and enable Baltimore City public school students to pursue a college education, visit http://www.collegeboundfoundation.org/

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Introducing the Bet on Baltimore Youth Entrepreneurship Program

August 17, 2017
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This summer at Port Covington’s City Garage, Dent Education and West Baltimore’s Green Street Academy launched Bet On Baltimore, an internship program for public high school students. Over eight weeks, the Bet On Baltimore program introduced students to the process of design thinking, the skills of making, the tools of entrepreneurship and the benefits of networking. Salaries for these eight talented interns were funded by a donation to the YouthWorks program from the Plank Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Sagamore Development, Under Armour, Betamore and The Foundery.

This video is the first in a series of five that will chronicle their journey this summer. Viewers will follow the students as they make discoveries, stumble at times, persevere and learn. Episode One will be launched next week! Be sure to follow Port Covington on Twitter and like the Port Covington Facebook Page so you don’t miss an episode. To learn more about Bet on Baltimore, visit https://www.betonbaltimore.org/ [/et_pb_text][et_pb_video _builder_version="3.0.60" src="https://youtu.be/dfIFts2zKPs" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Flags Up Raceway Inaugural Soap Box Derby

June 29, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] In May of 2017Merki Community Uplift and Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. organized the inaugural Flags Up Raceway Soap Box Derby. The program focused on introducing youth to engineering through building soap box cars for racing, culminating with a day of fun for the community. For weeks leading up to the race, six teams of children from across the city, aged 4 through 12, were hard at work designing and assembling their own soap box cars. The instructors at The Foundery worked directly with the two teams from South Baltimore, the South Baltimore Lions and the Speed Tigers, offering a central location and hands-on training to complete the racecars. Sagamore Development Company was among the many sponsors, which also included Schuster Concrete, the Baltimore City Police Department, Staples, and others. On race day, teams representing East, West and South Baltimore showcased their hard work by unveiling their cars, and racing down Eden Street in East Baltimore. The event was a fun-filled day for the entire family, including a Corvette car show, moon bounce, food, games and music. Congratulations to team Safe Alternates from West Baltimore who took home first place! Check out this video for more from race day [/et_pb_text][et_pb_video _builder_version="3.0.53" src="https://youtu.be/igH8YXcVbx0" image_src="//i.ytimg.com/vi/igH8YXcVbx0/hqdefault.jpg" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Baltimore Water Taxi Continues City-Wide Expansion with a New Stop in Locust Point

June 28, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] The Baltimore Water Taxi has continued its city-wide expansion with a new stop in Locust Point, further connecting Baltimore City residents via the waterways. Traditionally, the water taxi system in Baltimore has been used primarily as a tourist attraction. Since being acquired by Plank Industries, expanding the fleet of boats, and hiring additional crew members, the Baltimore Water Taxi has become a reliable, ancillary mode of transportation that supports commuters and residents, with plans to continue adding stops around Baltimore City in the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates on the Baltimore Water Taxi later this summer, including an improved ticketing system, extended routes and more! To learn more, visit  http://www.baltimorewatertaxi.com/ [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery _builder_version="3.0.52" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" gallery_ids="745,746" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" zoom_icon_color="#f2f2f2" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" background_layout="light" border_style="solid" auto="off" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

CityWide Youth Development Moves Operations to Port Covington; Space Donated by Sagamore Development

June 28, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.52" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] CityWide Youth Development, a local non-profit focusing on economic empowerment, recently moved their operations into the building at 240 W Dickman Street in Port Covington. CityWide Youth Development provides entrepreneurship education, vocational skill training, and enterprise development through their two signature programs: Frozen Desert Sorbet and Apparel Workforce Development. Frozen Desert Sorbet is a program that teaches participants how to make sorbet using all fresh ingredients, then allows them to put entrepreneurship into practice by managing sorbet carts throughout the city. In addition to learning about the production, they also participate in workshops in entrepreneurship, budgeting, and finance. The Apparel Workforce Development program teaches screen-printing, embroidering, and garment construction through the creation of the Made in Bmore clothing line. CityWide Youth Development has partnered with the Under Armour Lighthouse to offer a 12-week program where participants will learn the basics of apparel manufacturing and garment construction training for two days out of the week at UA Lighthouse, and three days at 240 W Dickman Street. Sagamore Ventures was first introduced to CityWide Youth Development in 2016, and the groups have been exploring ways to collaborate ever sinc e. When office and production space became available in the property at 240 W Dickman Street, Sagamore Ventures and Sagamore Development offered the space to CityWide Youth Development to use at no charge. “It’s probably one of the most awesome things that has ever happened for us, that they give us the creative freedom to be able to really express ourselves,” said Rasheed Aziz, Executive Director of CityWide Youth Development. “The donated space really is giving us an opportunity to scale up our programming, increase our outreach and increase our access to funding.” Currently, roughly 35 people are working out of the space at 240 W Dickman Street every day. Keep up with CityWide Youth Development on Facebook. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery _builder_version="3.0.52" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" gallery_ids="735,736,738,739" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" zoom_icon_color="#f2f2f2" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" background_layout="light" border_style="solid" auto="off" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Betamore Opens Second Co-Working Space at City Garage

June 28, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.52" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] Betamore, the award-winning co-working space and entrepreneurial incubator, has opened a new, 8,000-square-foot location at City Garage in Port Covington nearly double the size of its original Federal Hill location. Local entrepreneurs will have the option to hold memberships at either location or opt for a joint membership which provides access to both sites. Betamore’s expansion into City Garage is part of its broader push to increase its educational programming and workforce development efforts. Sagamore Ventures first partnered with Betamore in October of 2015 to co-host Betamore’s annual celebration of innovators in Baltimore, Beta City, in conjunction with the opening of City Garage. Since then, both groups have been exploring ways to collaborate. “The addition of Betamore to City Garage brings an exciting complement to the trade-skills training currently offered at The Foundery,” said Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures. “Being able to learn welding and coding under one roof gives us the capability to prepare our local workforce to participate in the jobs of the future.” Since opening at City Garage, Betamore has attracted 20 new members, representing seven startups. To learn more about Betamore, visit https://betamore.com. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery _builder_version="3.0.52" posts_number="3" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" zoom_icon_color="#f2f2f2" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" background_layout="light" border_style="solid" auto="off" gallery_ids="727,728,729" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]