Working to make Baltimore the Silicon Valley of social change

Baltimore City has fallen on hard times.  The city was built to house nearly a million people, yet today it is home to only 622,000, and it has seen an out-migration of people in their 20s and 30s in particular.  According to the city government, the number of abandoned houses and lots number 30,000, and higher estimates place this number at nearly 47,000 – 16% of the city’s residences.  In April 2015, after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the city erupted in violence, revealing the ongoing tension between the police and African American Community as well as a sense of hopelessness that many people feel in the low-income areas of the city.   In this environment, an organization called Baltimore Corps has emerged whose goal is to revitalize the city.  Today we’re joined by Jay Nwachu, the Director of Development and Communications for Baltimore Corps.  Jay joins us to talk about their mission to match highly talented, purpose-driven people with the right organizations for maximum social impact while promoting equity throughout Baltimore’s communities.