Claiming Our Future – A Career Exploration Day, reflects our commitment to excellence in building pathways for higher education, innovation, and partnerships across the city of Baltimore. We believe children and youth represent the brightest hope for our future as an institution and that we must help them identify and cherish their innate power to make positive choices.
On May 9, 2011, with support from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Government and Community Affairs, the Office of the Provost, the Baltimore City Schools Office for Partnerships, Communications, and Community Engagement, and a number of East Baltimore community partners, students and teachers from Baltimore City Schools were invited to attend a talk given by world-renown neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson shared excerpts from the made-for-TV motion picture and book, “Gifted Hands” and inspired the students to Think Big. Other featured guests included GiGi Barnett – Reporter from WJZ Channel 13, Mr. Darin Atwater – the Composer & Conductor of Soulful Symphony, and Angel Carpenter – on air radio talent for R&B station 92Q.
This all-day event featured success stories from other young adults of color from across Baltimore and areas similar to East Baltimore who have succeeded in college and professional careers. Students participated in a series of life skills workshops on topics such as reducing violence and bullying, keys to successful career preparation, and building healthy lifestyle habits. The fifth grade students were extended an opportunity to have hands-on experience with the high-fidelity patient simulators. The students were able to learn about health careers related to patients seeking treatment in an emergency room.
With a collaborative spirit, the planning of this event helped to bring in over 320 students from Baltimore City Schools. The teachers will continue to work with a team of evaluators to measure impact of the event on their students. A PowerPoint slide show is available here.