Applications available for Boards and Commissions Institute

Step-Up Maryland recruiting local advocates

Coming off one of the most progressive political elections in the history of Maryland, one of the state’s leading advocacy organizations, Step Up Maryland, is now accepting applications for community leaders across Baltimore to become effective advocates by serving on public boards and commissions.

The Baltimore Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute is a six month fellowship that prepares grassroots leaders and activists to become participants on vital boards and commissions such as the Wage Commission, Civilian Review Board, the Police Department’s LGBTQ Task Force and more. Fellows work closely with seasoned trainers to understand the role of these different boards and commissions, and how their decisions on these committees can have long-term influence on the future of this city.

Led by Step-Up Maryland, a project of Strong City Baltimore, that is devoted to building leaders to represent all of the city’s communities, especially those who have traditionally been disenfranchised; this training focuses on developing the critical thinking and analysis skills, along with understanding complex policy issues that have led to an entirely new class of councilmembers just two years ago.

Started in 2014 as the Progressive Pipeline, a project of Maryland Working Families, Step-Up Maryland has become a force in transforming our government by training ordinary people to “step up” into leadership positions. Over the past four years, they have trained more than 400 individuals from across the state, recruiting people from low-income communities and communities of color who have a proven track record of leadership as social justice advocates.

To become a part of this powerful change, make sure you fill out the application ahead of the January 15th deadline, which is available online on their website at:

For more information on this program, or the organization itself, please feel free to reach out to the groups Executive Director, Charly Carter, at: 443.333.8235


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