Baltimore & Tijuana
The Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) Re-engagement Center, the Baltimore City Health Department Teen Prevention Initiative and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) Westside Youth Opportunity (YO) Center are participating in a targeted learning exchange with Fronteras Pro Salud, A.C. in Tijuana, Mexico.
“Do you remember what it was like to be a young person?,” asked Marla Lino, Director of Operations at Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, A.C. Seated around her were 25 Baltimore City teachers, youth, and program practitioners, some just starting their careers, others well advanced in their professions.
The three-woman team from Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud A.C., a Mexican civil society organization, flew 2,300 miles from Tijuana to Baltimore to learn about youth disconnection in the U.S. and share Pro Salud’s comprehensive, peer-to-peer strategy.
More than 100 nonprofit leaders, youth program practitioners, donors, and policymakers gathered on October 19 for Opportunity Youth: A Cross-Border Dialogue.
This learning exchange seeks to explore whether elements of Pro Salud's approach could be adapted in Baltimore city, which has one of the highest ratios of opportunity youth, with one in five of the city’s 18- to 24-year olds neither working, nor in school.