Fall 2009 marked the launch of Elev8 Baltimore, a four-year initiative designed to improve educational and social outcomes for middle grade youth and their families in East Baltimore. It is an ambitious effort to transform four neighborhood schools in Middle East, a community comprised of several neighborhoods located near the Johns Hopkins University Medical Campus.
Through the middle of the twentieth century, Middle East was home to stable, livable neighborhoods was a center of African American community life in Baltimore. As manufacturing jobs left the community and the neighborhood's aging housing stock deteriorated, so did the well-being of its residents. By the beginning of this decade, the neighborhood population was declining and more than two thirds of the houses were abandoned.
The losses extend far beyond bricks and mortar: The academic achievement, health and social development of neighborhood children and youth reflect declining opportunities and the concurrent rise in neighborhood crime, drug abuse and unemployment.
In the face of such challenges, residents and families in the community speak about the prosperity of the past and maintain a strong sense of hope for the future.Elev8 Baltimore is a program of the East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI), an innovative public-private partnership established in 2002 to facilitate one of the most comprehensive, groundbreaking community redevelopment efforts in America. EBDI and its partners- including the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Institutions, the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, and others - are committed to transforming neighborhood life by expanding housing, economic, health and educational resources and opportunities available to children, youth, families and other residents.
Elev8 Baltimore provides each school with the resources to: