Open Society Institute seeking community fellowship applicants; Group supports projects in city neighborhoods


The Open Society Institute-Baltimore is looking for its second group of 10 area residents who want to find solutions to problems in Baltimore's poor communities, the philanthropy announced yesterday.

The $48,750 community fellowships are for 18 months. Outstanding projects may be renewed for 18 months.

The first group of 10 Baltimore fellows was named last summer and began work in the fall on projects ranging from legal help for caregivers of disabled children to community arts and landscaping efforts.

"The first fellows are starting to get their motors running and doing well," said Pamela King, program officer, noting several examples: Baltimoreans have been trained to direct community conferencing to help juvenile offenders avoid the court system; the Voice of Hope Choir from Sandtown has recorded a CD and will sing tonight at the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and murals are planned in southwest Baltimore.

People from disadvantaged communities and minorities are encouraged to apply for the community fellowships, the agency said. It is looking for applicants from any field, including business, law, medicine, education, architecture and engineering.

Applications should include a letter of 600 to 800 words accompanied by a completed application form, a resume and, for acknowledgment of the application, a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Applicants chosen for further consideration will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal. The winners will be picked by late summer.

Financed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, the program aims to encourage public and community service careers, expand the number of role models in poor urban areas and help communities to increase opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents.

Applications (no faxes or e-mail) should be sent by Feb. 12 to Pamela King, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Community Fellowship Program, 201 N. Charles St., Suite 1300, Baltimore 21201. Information: 410-234-1091.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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