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Date(s) - 05/11/2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Baltimore


This year’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheon will feature the work of Rethink Baltimore, a youth justice awareness campaign aimed at changing the narrative of Baltimore City’s system-involved youth by examining the complex reality of their lives. The campaign shares community-led solutions to show that we need more policies to help and rehabilitate youth as we hold them accountable, honor crime victims, and use our limited resources more wisely.

As such, we are featuring the following panelists:

Mr. McKenstry is a native Baltimorean, father, Minister and Community Activist. He works as a job developer for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. A product of being granted a second chance himself after dropping out of high school and many encounters with the law and incarceration starting at age 12, he believes that given the chance there is no such thing as a lost cause.

Ms. Clay is a dynamic high school teacher who has an instructional style that connects the social, political and emotional dots to empower students. Her Instagram posts demonstrating her teaching style have gone viral and have reached education professionals to include the Department of Education. Currently, Ms. Clay is teaching English at the Baltimore Design School.

Dr. Harriette Wimms has worked with individuals, children, families, schools, and community agencies throughout the Baltimore area in order to improve the interpersonal, emotional and academic outcomes for individuals living in impoverished communities.
Dr. Wimms specializes in parenting support; individual, child and adolescent, family, and group therapy; and self-help workshops. She also provides specialized services in the areas of grief and loss, stress reduction, bullying prevention and reduction, social-emotional learning, and coping with childhood chronic illness and trauma. She is currently the Clinical Director at the Resource Group and the founder of the agency’s Child, Adolescent, and Family Wellness Center.

Although the campaign is focused on Baltimore, the challenges faced by this city are mirrored in other parts of Maryland.  By talking to some Baltimore City’s social activists who are doing amazing things, we can learn of new approaches and apply them to various communities throughout Maryland.  To find out more about the campaign, visit www.rethinkbaltimore.org.

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