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Baltimore Urban Programs Presentation

  1. 1. <ul><li>Baltimore Urban Program </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Directors: </li></ul><ul><li> Galen and Ebony Zook </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Break Director: </li></ul><ul><li>Natalie Flora </li></ul>
  2. 2. Baltimore Urban Program <ul><li>Began: 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Break Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Led by students and staff at Johns Hopkins </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer Program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Restarted in 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><li>Largest city in Maryland </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ hyper-segregated” city (racially) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As of 2009, the population of Baltimore was 637,418. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has approximately 2.7 million residents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Baltimore City lost more than 1/3 of it’s population between 1950 and 1990 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Baltimore </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Baltimore (continued) <ul><ul><ul><li>Baltimore is home to the Baltimore Basilica (1806–1821) which is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United States. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2009 saw 238 homicides in the city - the fourth-highest homicide rate per capita of all U.S. cities of 250,000 or more population. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are at least 13 four-year colleges and universities in Baltimore metropolitan area. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What makes Baltimore Unique <ul><li>Row Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhoods change vastly from one block to another </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacant boarded up houses and extreme poverty on one street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pristine middle-class to upper-class homes on the next block. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Statistics on Southwest Baltimore (from 2000 Census) <ul><li>64% of families with children under the ages of 18 have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no husband present </li></ul></ul><ul><li>58% of total housing units are renter occupied </li></ul><ul><li>51% of population over age of 25 have less than a high school </li></ul><ul><li>degree </li></ul><ul><li>43% of this population are employed </li></ul><ul><li>53% of households made less than $25,000 </li></ul><ul><li>35% of total persons in SW Baltimore are below the poverty line </li></ul><ul><li>25% of houses are vacant (does not include empty lots) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Spiritual Characteristics of the City <ul><li>Undertones of racism and segregation – still affected by days of “Blockbusting”/redlining </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs have stronghold on many people </li></ul><ul><li>African-American church has strong presence in the city </li></ul><ul><li>Many Suburbanites know Baltimore for the Inner Harbor (nice touristy area) </li></ul><ul><li>- but do not venture into the residential areas of </li></ul><ul><li> Baltimore. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Types of Projects <ul><li>Baltimore Urban Program – 6 week internship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 different internship sites, mostly working with kids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1-2 weeks of Spring break Urban Plunge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves 4 colleges in area – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10-20 students each week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2-3 weekend “dips” per year, by campus </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Give college students a glimpse into the ways that God is at work in the city of Baltimore, </li></ul><ul><li>Give students practical experience and training in Urban ministry.   </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity for God to transform students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide real service to the urban community </li></ul><ul><li>Help students See Baltimore with new eyes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many students think that the city of Baltimore is a place that is spiritually dead.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It's true that there are many needs here.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But God is also working in some amazing ways to renew life here. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help students see the campus with new eyes </li></ul>BUP Goals
  10. 10. Key Influencers <ul><li>John Perkins (through readings) </li></ul><ul><li>Local pastors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pastor Wanda Bynum Duckett (United Methodist Preacher and site we work with); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Todd and Marita Scholtz (Galen and Eboni’s Pastors); Thurman Williams, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patty Prasado Rao, and Antoine Bennet (New Song Urban Minstries); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Craig and Maria Garriott (Faith Christian Fellowship) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Neighbors and people who have moved into the community </li></ul>
  11. 11. Values Taught <ul><li>3 ‘R’s of Christian community Development: Relocation, Reconciliation, Redistribution </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bonding” – relational incarnational ministry, entering into life with people, evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Community – sharing resources, being available to people </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual disciplines: prayer, Sabbath </li></ul>
  12. 12. Helpful Simulations <ul><li>Budget exercise – make a budget as a college student, and then as the “typical” family in Southwest Baltimore </li></ul><ul><li>Making dinner on a budget exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Chips and soda -- inner-city kids diet for a day </li></ul><ul><li>“Community Surveys”/praying with people </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other unique features <ul><li>“Sitting on the stoop” --- time to be with people, available for people in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the bus or walking to internships </li></ul><ul><li>“host families” – dinner once per week at host family house </li></ul><ul><li>Weekends – experiencing cultural aspects and diversity of the city </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Museums, ethnic restaurants, festivals </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Housing <ul><li>Past 3 summers housing has been with Galen and Eboni in their home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>may be changing it up next summer (perhaps renting different houses or apartments) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spring break </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sometimes Galen and Eboni’s home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sometimes at churches or other homes </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Two of our summer interns rededicated their lives to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Students had the chance to pray with and for countless people that they met in the community, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People looking for jobs, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A family mourning the loss of a child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People struggling with addictions to alcohol or drugs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nine of the children that attend the day camp where several of our students worked this summer prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior! </li></ul>BUP - Summer 2010
  16. 16. <ul><li>“ Because of BUP Christianity has changed from being a &quot;religion&quot; to being a relationship with Jesus!” </li></ul>
  17. 17. “ BUP has forever changed me I know that God put me here specifically for a reason, to see and learn - to become passionate about injustices. The world is full of brokenness and my heart has broken for many people here.”
  18. 18. BUP and the Campus <ul><li>Simpson and Andrew </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over the summer they each had intense experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simpson while praying for a homeless man and the Holy Spirit came over him, Andrew gave his life to Christ! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each leading small groups this year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They applied principles of bonding and incarnational ministry in the dorms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They have been investing in freshmen and mobilizing their small groups to do outreach. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They have been ministering cross-culturally within their small groups, and each have ethnically diverse small groups. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They have also been thinking about how to use their resources as a group more collectively </li></ul></ul></ul>

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