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Baltimore should manage its Youth Fund | READER COMMENTARY

Sunrise at Baltimore City Hall in late December.
Sunrise at Baltimore City Hall in late December. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

While we should all thank Associated Black Charities for assisting in the distribution of grants from the new Children and Youth Fund, using a private non-profit as a conduit for public funds will always be problematic (“Group managing Baltimore’s Youth Fund lacks protocols to properly track grants, city inspector finds,” Feb. 26).

A better approach would be for the city to distribute those funds itself. The newly-formed Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success has a staff and a capable director (Tisha Edwards, formerly chief of staff at both Baltimore City Public Schools and City Hall), but little funding with which to affect change.

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Pairing the Children and Youth Fund and the Office of Children and Family Success would put more dollars into our community while increasing accountability for their impact.

Hugh Bethell, Baltimore

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