Seven people have been selected by Open Society Institute-Baltimore to be 2010 Baltimore Community Fellows, as the program celebrates its 13th year of supporting social entrepreneurs and innovators to achieve their dreams to improve the city. Each of this year’s fellows will receive $48,750 to work full-time for 18 months, implementing strategies to assist and revitalize underserved communities in Baltimore. They are: Gary Ashbeck, who will use The Samaritan Women as a base to work with residents to start community gardens, a gardening collective and a local market while encouraging residents to eat more healthfully. Rebecca Coleman will launch the Baltimore Creditor Abuse Prevention Project to protect low-income residents who have been victims of creditor abuse, by providing training, assistance and co-counseling services to attorneys who pledge to take on the victims’ cases. The project will increase the number of attorneys representing Baltimore debtors and help consumers become more aware of their rights. Meshelle Foreman Shields will establish GoalDIGGERS: The Sankofa Project, to encourage African-American girls, ages 14-18, to study their ancestry and heritage using technology, anthropology, and DNA testing. Girls will participate in journaling and cultural exchanges to learn about indigenous communal mores, bolster their identity and self-esteem and become more civically engaged citizens. Stephanie Murdock will launch Skateboarding for Success to provide a safe place for youth to skateboard while learning independent living skills and gaining leadership experience. By partnering with local schools, the program will offer mentoring, beginner lessons, private lessons, park clean-ups, and the motivation and skills necessary to graduate from high school. Teacher Koli Tengella will engage youth, primarily in East Baltimore, in the development of a theater and filmmaking troupe to explore social justice issues, enrich academic studies and learn life skills. The young performers will use poetry, dance and hip-hop in 5- to 45-minute performances to encourage positive behavior changes and improve academics. Sarah Tooley will solidify 901 Arts, a community-based arts organization in Better Waverly, by improving its organization and expanding its programming. 901 Arts is dedicated to the development of youth leaders and boosting efforts to build a safer, stronger neighborhood. Jessica Turral will administer Hand in Hand, an organization she founded to connect juvenile males with mental health, case management, and rehabilitation resources while awaiting trial as adults at the Baltimore City Detention Center and upon release into the community. The program will seek to lower the juvenile recidivism rate while empowering youth.