Join us on February 18th at 5:00 PM for an in-depth panel discussion into the themes and topics of Great Expectations. Hosted by Marc Steiner (WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show).
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SOCIAL STIGMAS & BENEFACTORS: THE POWER OF MENTORSHIP TODAY
What do class and wealth inequities in Dickens’Great Expectations have to do with Baltimore? "Plenty!" says our panel of educators, activists, and artists gathered to explore parallels between the show and hopes for Baltimore. Like Pip in Great Expectations, can we learn to see below the surface and discover each other’s true potential? How can each of us play a role in “lifting up” others? Join us for a talk with modern day “benefactors” who mentor and support folks wrestling with stigmas associated with age, race and institutionalization.
Nicole Hanson is the Board President of Out for Justice, a grassroots, ex offender led organization that seeks to help citizens with criminal records reenter society. As Legislative Liaison, Ms. Hanson currently engages lawmakers in Annapolis by advocating to reform policies that adversely affect “returning citizens” reentering society. With an eye to criminal justice system reform more broadly, a recent victory included winning back voting rights for 40,000 Marylanders on felony parole or probation. While serving as Re-Entry Program Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore, Nicole leads a pilot program focused on offering mentorship services to returning citizens. Other initiatives include an “Anti-Stigma Campaign” that creates platforms for removing negative connotations and burdens that people carry with them long after their prison sentences have been served.
Gianna Rodriguez founded Baltimore Youth Arts (BYA), an organization that brings arts education and job readiness training to youth, with a focus on those who have contact with the justice system. Originally from Rhode Island, Gianna has been working with young people in justice systems since 2008 when she began working with AS220 Youth. Currently, BYA offers programs at various sites including the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, the Lillian S Jones Recreation Center and the BYA Community Studio.
David C. Miller is a pragmatist who knows he can’t save the whole world. Even so, he’s determined to save as many Black families as he can. A Baltimore native who holds degrees from The University of Baltimore and Goucher College, David has developed materials such as his Dare to Be King curriculum that encourages young men to reach for majestic heights in their lives. An author with a knack for children’s books, David’s work has been featured on CNN, PBS and NPR, as well as in BBC Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Huffington Post and a variety of other publications.