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Youth Organizing Urban Revitalization Systems (YOURS) is a Baltimore based, non-profit organization whose mission is to organize youth as the catalyst for change through the creation of a network of community-owned cooperative programs serving and benefiting the people of Baltimore.
Youth Organizing Urban Revitalization Systems (YOURS) has been working to provide enriching and engaging experiences to Baltimore youth since its' founding in 2004. We work with students in the classroom and beyond in order to give youth a stake and a role in the revitalization of their communities.
Through a combination of in school, after-school, and summer programs we provide students with a hands-on learning environment focusing on entrepreneurial training and urban revitalization. In 4 years we have worked with students to maintain a community garden in Southwest Baltimore, organize neighborhood beautification programs, and created a line of youth designed fashions.
In June of 2008 all of these projects came together with the opening of the YOURS Store in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The store serves as a learning lab offering youth a wide array of livelihood development opportunities(financial literacy, employability, life skills, entrepreneurial and business skill building, fundraising skills, health and wellness, college access and success, computer literacy).
By working side by side with YOURS staff and community volunteers, youth have a direct stake in not only the profitability of the store, but in the events and programs that will help the store and organization grow.
- Andy Ellis
- 443 453 9894
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