My name is Larry E. Alexander and I am a senior at Digital Harbor High School. My hobbies are tinkering with electronics such as taking them apart and reassembling or upgrading. My skills are web coding, and I am certified in Adobe Illustrator graphic and designing. My career goal is to become a freelance and certified web designer and to become a computer hardware technician or software technician. My biggest aspiration in life is to become a well-rounded person in all types of technology and major programs. Larry is training police and guides on interacting with youth in more positive ways.
My name is Mariama Bah. I’m 18 years old and I’m a junior at Digital Harbor High School. My hobbies are volleyball and lacrosse. The Inner Harbor Project is important to me because we as youth leaders should change the way the people at the Harbor treat the youth today. Mariama is training police and guides on interacting with youth in more positive ways.
My name is Diamonta Boyd and I am 18 years old. I am in 11th grade and attend KASA High School. Some of my hobbies are training, playing basketball, playing football, going to church and running track. The Inner Harbor Project is important to me because it really gives young teens a voice and it helps me with responsibility and becoming mature. Diamonta is creating a coupon card to provide teens with an incentive for positive behavior.
Shawn Burnett is the Future Advisor for The Inner Harbor Project. He is responsible for assessing the needs of the youth leaders and providing them with the information and tools they need to actualize their purposes. Shawn focuses specifically on advising youth interested in alternatives pathways to success outside of college.
Shawn is the also the Founder and Exec Director of Walks of Art, a community organization that has a positive impact on the cognitive development, emotional health and social lives of underserved youth in Baltimore City. Through arts education, recreation and mentoring, Shawn has been an avid proponent of progress in his city. With a degree in Nonprofit Management from Coppin State University, he not only has the formal background needed to promote positive change, he is a young visionary who brings fresh ideas and passion to the table.
Shawn has worked extensively with youth and families across the city. He has served as a Fatherhood Specialist at The Center For Urban Families, and currently serves as the acting Manager for BMe Community Baltimore. Accolades and memberships include being voted Baltimore’s Top 30 Under 30, Top 10 under 30, an I Have A Dream Award recipient, Open Society Institute Baltimore Fellow (2014) and a Salzburg Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator Fellow (2015). Shawn is a member of the My Brothers Keeper Taskforce Baltimore, Baltimore’s Promise Mentoring Action Committee, and the Baltimore Corps Advisory Board.
My name is Desmond Campbell. I’m 19 and I’m a graduate of Baltimore City College High School. I am currently a freshman at BCCC. My hobbies are rapping, singing, songwriting, having fun with my friends and making art. The Inner Harbor Project is important because it puts youth in the proper position to be heard in a civil way. That is the main reason I joined The Inner Harbor Project, I feel that as the youth we know best what is going on in Baltimore and because we all have different ideals, we can contribute a great deal of change to the Inner Harbor to better suit teens, guides, tourists and store owners. Desmond is building the Code of Etiquette.
My name is Justin Campbell. I’m 18 years old and I graduated from Baltimore City College High School. I enjoy playing football and basketball in my spare time. I’m an easy person to talk to and I’m an overall good person to be around. I am a Youth Associate Leader for the Harbor Card and I work for IHP because it is an influential organization that helps me grow as a person. Justin is creating a coupon card to provide teens with an incentive for positive behavior.
Hello my name is Riceira Graham. I am 16 years old and I attend Western High School and I am in the 11th grade. I enjoy dancing and singing for fun, as well as reading and writing short stories about how I feel. I joined IHP because I wanted to be part of a movement that helps youth and is run by youth. Riceira works to mediate conflicts between teens.
Hello, my name is Samuel Greah. I’m 16 years old and I am a junior at Mergenthaler High School. I love football and love staying active. I want to coach youth or high school because they are our future. I also want to go to college for entrepreneurship so I can open a business in my neighborhood near Edmundson Village. The Inner Harbor Project is important because I get to be a part of improving my city. Sam is building the Code of Etiquette.
My name is Adrian Hughes. I am 19 years old. I have been with the Inner Harbor Project for 4 years and am a Youth Executive Leader. I graduated from Edmondson-Westside High School in 2014. I am enlisted in The Air National Guard and want to pursue a career in law enforcement. For the last four years I have learned a lot as a leader of The Inner Harbor Project like organizational, networking, leadership, human relations, and public speaking skills. I have also made many good friends and unfortunately one of them passed away in 2014. This friend, Michael Mayfield, was also a member of this project during my first year. Michael loved working with The Inner Harbor Project because it let him do what he loved the most: helping people. His untimely death and dedication to this project has made me see that the work we do here can not only affect the Harbor area but the entire city as well. My personal goal out of this project is to see a dramatic decrease in the city’s homicide rate especially with youth. Adrian is training police and guides on interacting with youth in more positive ways.
My name is Dayjanae Jones. I’m 18 and I go to Harbor City High School, The Inner Harbor Project is important to me because it is a way to help our city. I am a person who likes to help people. I like to see people get along. I joined The Inner Harbor Project so that I can try my best to make the Inner Harbor a better place. Dayjanae is creating a coupon card to provide teens with an incentive for positive behavior.
Hello, my name is Aniya Marshall. I am 16 years old, I’m in the 11th grade and I go to City Neighbors High School. Some of my hobbies are dancing, shopping, going to the movies and going out to eat. The Inner Harbor Project is important because I want to make the Inner Harbor better for everybody without people having conflicts. I joined The Inner Harbor Project to be more outgoing and to try something new. Aniya is creating a coupon card to provide teens with an incentive for positive behavior.
Celia Neustadt is the founder and Executive Director of The Inner Harbor Project.
Like many of the Inner Harbor Project’s youth leaders, Celia attended Baltimore City College high school. Growing up in Baltimore City, she was exposed to urban disparities at a young age. Celia attended Pomona College in Southern California and received her B.A. in Sociology, with a particular focus on community-led research and public spaces. She assisted on community-led research projects in Ontario, CA and served as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University, where she contributed to public-health research which has been used to advocate for more comprehensive health services for poorer Baltimoreans.
Celia launched the Inner Harbor Project after winning a grant from the Napier Foundation in 2012. Since its launch, the Inner Harbor Project has employed 40 teenagers, who have conducted more than 50 focus groups with stakeholders in the Inner Harbor. In 2014, IHP announced five initiatives based on its research and began its formal partnerships with the Baltimore Police Department, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
Motivated by a lifelong love of Baltimore City and a belief in the power of youth to change their own circumstances, Celia considers herself the facilitator of this project, bridging the gap between disenfranchised young people and the urban powers-that-be to build a more peaceful, inclusive city.
Hi, my name is Shawnna Oram and I’m 18. I am a student at Woodlawn Senior High School and I love writing poetry. I found out about The Inner Harbor Project by attending R.O.O.Ts, which was held at Johns Hopkins. I really liked how everyone involved had the power of change in them, and I said to myself that I want to be a part of that and be known for the change. Shawnna is building the Code of Etiquette.
My name is Diamond Sampson. I am 18 years old and a graduate of Baltimore City College High School. I am a freshman at CCBC and plan to become a music therapist. This is my 5th year working for The Inner Harbor Project. I joined the Project because I want to make a change in the relationship between youth and adults in our city. This project is unique because it recognizes youth agency, so once I heard about it, I had to be involved. The future of our city lies in the hands of my generation so what better way to start than The Inner Harbor Project. My goal is to change the mindset and heart of the city, one Baltimorean at a time. Over the course of my time in IHP, I have spoken with the Mayor at Inner Harbor 2.0, met with city officials, written press releases and much more. I am a fun-loving, talented, inquisitive and passionate individual that will one day be leading this great city. Diamond is building the Code of Etiquette and creating a coupon card to provide teens with an incentive for positive behavior.
My name is Tiana Samuels. I am 17 years old and I am currently in the 12th grade. I enjoy spending quality time with my dad, writing poetry, and eating. When I grow up, I plan to be a successful woman maintaining a career as a forensic scientist or a crime scene investigator. Tiana is training police and guides on interacting with youth in more positive ways.
Hello, my name is Cheo Thomas. I am 19 years old. I graduated from Edmondson Westside High school in 2014. I am one of three Youth Executive Leaders at The Inner Harbor Project. I love basketball and the study of astronomy. I joined the Project to display my leadership skills toward a mission that was, and still is, one off my main priorities. I started with The Inner Harbor Project four years ago. Ever since I joined the Project, I’ve been in love with it. This project has taught me to be mature and has given me a different perspective on life itself. I have a brotherly/sisterly bond with the Youth Executive Leaders, and our relationship continues to grow. When our director, Celia, started The Inner Harbor Project she had a vision — a vision most people have but never take action on. I am happy and proud to be a part of this vision. As a kid, growing up, I spent little time at the Harbor because my parents never took me. The reason why: violence! This issue has affected me since I was about 6 years old and like I’ve said before I’m truly blessed and humbled to have an opportunity to play a big and important role in changing the Inner Harbor for the better. Cheo works to mediate conflicts between teens.
Brooke Travers is currently the Director of Youth Support for The Inner Harbor Project, where she provides structures, tools and support systems for the Youth Leaders. She guides all Youth Leaders through their college or career paths and organizes enrichment activities that prepare them for life after high school.
Brooke was admitted to and matriculated at Elizabethtown College in 2006 after graduating with top honors from Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, MD. She enrolled as a Secondary Education major with a concentration in Social Studies. She had always participated in community outreach programs, so it was easy to jump into Elizabethtown’s service learning culture.
Brooke graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and Honors in Education in 2010. She then worked for Harford County Public Schools in Maryland from 2010-2012 as a teacher in the Alternative Education Program. While there, she taught ninth through twelfth grade.
In August of 2012, she accepted a new position teaching at New Hope Academy in Baltimore, MD. The program is part of Specialized Education Services, Inc, and services students with disabilities through personalized interventions. At NHA, Brooke organized cultural awareness days and implemented service learning projects.
Brooke became a teacher at Center City Public Charter Schools Trinidad Campus in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Brooke was the coordinator of the educational environment of the Middle School Academy and was the Art Club advisor before she came to the Inner Harbor Project.
My name is Dayonna Tunstall. I am 18 years old and I’m a senior at Edmondson-Westside High School. I am enlisted in The Air National Guard and plan to attend college next year and major in biology. I joined The Inner Harbor Project to help make a change and also to make Baltimore City a better place for future generations. I adore how the youth is important in this project, because the youth is often misjudged. This Project is important to me because the mission of the organization is a great way to improve Baltimore and the people in it. Dayonna focuses on cultural competency training with the police department.
Hello, my name is Dayana Wiley. I am 15 and I attend Paul Laurence Dunbar. I am in the 10th grade and I enjoy reading and writing short stories in my spare time. I also run track and play soccer during the school year. I joined IHP because it gives me a chance to be a leader among my peers and promote positivity. Dayana works to mediate conflicts between teens.