Sandtown-Winchester is one of Baltimore's most depressed areas. It became the focus in the national media after Freddie Gray, who was arrested there last year, died from injuries suffered while in police custody. Various reports highlighted the challenges for undereducated and underemployed young people like Gray. And so, determined to make a difference, I initiated a pilot program to teach these youngsters ages 16 to 24 construction skills and investing in the stock market. I included standards tested in other programs, which gave me confidence in my effort's eventual success and its potential for duplication across the city. Assurance in its potential came from my years as press secretary to William Donald Schaefer when he was Baltimore City's mayor, and subsequent experience funding and administering two successful nonprofit organizations.