Engaging Baltimore in our Strategic Planning Process
Date and Time
The first meeting is scheduled for mid-August from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Additional dates and times for the subsequent meetings can be found below. Assignment of districts to specific tour dates will be updated in the calendar shortly.
The newly-founded Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success seeks to support and strengthen families across the City of Baltimore. By tailoring and investing in existing city programs, as well as building and supporting an ecosystem of on-the-ground program implementers, we aspire to build a government agency that positions every child and family to thrive. We cannot achieve this on our own and need the support of the greater community to help shape the hopes and dreams for our children.
We plan to host community sessions in all 14 council districts to work collaboratively with residents and discuss the future we want for all children living in Baltimore. In addition, we will host one session solely designed and led by the youth, giving them the space to shape the future they want for themselves.
The Community Collaborative Design Sessions will be tailored to each community in partnership with the district’s council member. The sessions will be focused on creatively proposing, exploring and uplifting ideas generated by the community because no one knows Baltimore better than its residents. In addition to the meetings, we have launched an open survey on this website, which will give an opportunity for all residents of Baltimore to have a voice in the process.
All ideas and considerations proposed during the sessions will help shape the vision and strategic plan of the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, which will be released by the end of 2019.
To gather a group that truly represents the diversity of residents from each district, approximately 50 people will be present per meeting. The criteria for diversity of invitees will be based on district data and guaranteed through close collaboration with the district council member.
We are mindful of the common barriers that impede people from joining meetings, such as language interpretation needs, time availability, proximity to public transportation and handicap accessibility; we are committed to address these impediments.
Meeting venues should accommodate at least 5 round tables with 8-10 chairs and the ability to hold breakout sessions. It is very important that the meeting venues are accessible by public transportation and are spaces where everyone feels comfortable and welcome to enter.