Our Work

The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success cultivates partnerships, develops policies, and identifies innovative opportunities to support young people and ensure Baltimore City’s children and their families have the resources they need to be successful.


Youth Development

Baltimore Youth Commission

The role of the Youth Commission is to provide youth the opportunity to offer advice, recommendations, and information for the Mayor, the City Council, and municipal agencies on the development of community and government policies, programs, and services that support children, youth, and their families.

All voting members of the Youth Commission serve for a term that expires at the end of the Mayor’s term. Upon completion, the voting member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed.

All Youth Commissioners MUST be residents of Baltimore City and be available to participate in a summer leadership institute. Commissioners are compensated and engage in year-round programming. 

The Commission meets as frequently as required to perform its duties but not less than six times or more than 10 times each year.

Summer Youth Collective

BmoreLive is the result of stakeholders coming together as a community collective to provide and promote new and existing social events across the City that occur from June-September during the critical hours of 3-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for youth 14-21 years old. Since launching in June 2019, the collective’s work has focused on identifying opportunities to uplift Baltimore City youth with entertainment, cultural affirmation and celebration, enrichment, and evidence-based community programming throughout the summer of 2019.

Early Childhood Development

Head Start

Head Start in Baltimore City provides children ages 3-5 with a high-quality early childhood education experience with a goal to ensure that every child is ready for school and ready to learn. Children are enrolled based on a selection system that ranks families by need. The program works together with families and local communities to strengthen the family unit through comprehensive services that include:

  • Early intervention services

  • Parent and family engagement

  • Community partnerships

  • Health and nutrition services

Empowering Men & Boys of Color


African American Male Engagement (AAME) – Baltimore, a division of the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, is committed to creating a Community Collaborative Network and support structure to identify the needs of men and to coordinate, advance, and implement policies and practices that promote opportunities for all of Baltimore’s African American males, as well as others we encounter, to achieve a successful and fulfilling life.

AAME’s Mission 186, also identified as M186, takes strategic actions to facilitate awareness, access, and accountability through quality connected relationships with the approximate 186,000 African American males (children, youth, and adults) who reside within the 92.2 square miles of Baltimore City.

Quality Education

Kirwan Funding

Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, the “Kirwan Commission,” is charged with recommending policies and funding that would help Maryland deliver the best possible public education to all young people across the state (including the City of Baltimore). The Commission has released its interim report on policy recommendations, which can be read here. It continues to work on the formula, which will determine the balance of state and local funding for public schools.

Mayor’s Scholars

The Mayor’s Scholars Program allows eligible new high school graduates who are residents of Baltimore City to attend Baltimore City Community College tuition-free through a last-dollar scholarship. This partnership between BCCC, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is an exciting opportunity that makes college and job training programs affordable, and helps students move toward a rewarding career and financial security.

Through this scholarship program, graduates from Baltimore City public high schools who are also residents of Baltimore City can attend BCCC tuition-free* to earn their associate degree or complete a workforce development program.