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Annual Report | 2013

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Message from the Director


It is my pleasure to provide you with the University of Maryland Extension (UME)-Baltimore City Annual Report for 2013!

The first UME office in Baltimore City opened in the 1940's. The intent was to serve residents of the city, just as it had been done in Maryland counties for several decades. Our focus then and now continues to be to meet the needs and interests of an urban audience. UME-Baltimore City is a part of a statewide, community based educational component of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. It delivers research-based programs to residents in the areas of Urban Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition Education and Financial Management to solve problems and improve lives and communities.

Manami Brown, M.Ed. Baltimore City Extension Director

In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation's Land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators. The Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation. UME-Baltimore City's unique qualities capture the tradition of what we historically understand of Extension as a Land-Grant University, but it also focuses on the direction that Extension must go in order to meet the needs of our growing, diverse and global community. It's clear that UME-Baltimore City has positioned itself well and that its vision and programs are on the cutting edge. Our organization accomplished tremendous outcomes this year, and we will continue to create new initiatives, partnerships, and opportunities to build human, social, and financial capacity for city residents. UME-Baltimore City will not forget that it is deeply rooted in the University's Land-Grant tradition to:

1) Reach people where they are through education, interest, understanding, and ability. 2) Teach people to determine their own needs by engaging clientele in educational programs. 3) Teach people to "help themselves."

We will continue to provide "Solutions in your Community" and we will also continue to add value to this great City of Baltimore.

-Manami Brown

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University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City


Teaching Baltimore City residents to help themselves and each other. At the University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City, our mission is to build stronger individuals, families and communities.


*Helping people *Diversity of programs and people *Intellectual freedom and creativity *Excellence in educational programs *Lifelong learning *Truth, ethical and professional conduct

and integrity


Impact Areas

*Local food and agricultural systems *Environment and natural resources *Healthy living *Resilient communities

"Extension offers trusted research, life-changing programs, useful information, science-based solutions and inspiring stories." -Stakeholder

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University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City Coverage Map


"A parent who attended a three month adult workshop reported that her daughter's blood pressure had

dropped considerably and that she was no longer on medication for diabetes, because she was following

the tips that she was learning in class." -FSNE Workshop Participant

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4-H Youth Development Baltimore City 4-H educational programs provide youth (ages 5-18) with opportunities to enhance their individual gifts, talents, knowledge and skills in a safe and healthy environment. In addition to building an array of essential life skills, youth participants learn to work as part of a team and develop a strong sense of personal and community responsibility.

Financial Management This program provides guidance to limited and moderate-income youth and adults. The program focuses on financial education, economics/finance, rental eviction prevention education and job preparation training.

Expanded Food & Nutritional Education Program (EFNEP) EFNEP assists limited income families, pregnant teens and youth by providing free, interactive and culturally appropriate nutrition workshops. Participants acquire knowledge and skills in nutrition, all fundamental factors for improving and maintaining individual and total family health.

Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) This program offers nutrition education to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and those eligible for SNAP. FSNE programs are provided at no cost to support the work of community agencies serving SNAP-eligible individuals and families, such as literacy centers, local food banks, soup kitchens, WIC offices, senior centers, community centers, neighborhood groups, and homeless shelters.

Urban Agriculture This program promotes urban greening initiatives through environmentally friendly horticulture practices designed to help participants contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthier environment.

"Being in the nutrition program, I have learned the importance of eating healthy." - EFNEP Workshop Participant

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UME Strategic Plan Initiative: Baltimore City's Priority Outcome:

Resilient Communities

Stronger Neighborhoods

University of Maryland Community Development Plan

The University of Maryland Extension (UME)-Baltimore City's community development approach identifies the interests and needs of communities, and intentionally provides

resources to meet the community interests and needs through capacity building initiatives. It delivers educational programs that address major issues including:

Positive youth development



Financial Literacy

Food quality and access

UME-Baltimore City also educates and trains community members so that they can then, in turn, educate and train peers. The result is an entrepreneurial and economically sustainable

model that is a platform for self-reliance and increased quality of life.

"Extension teaches residents to help themselves and each other to live, learn, and earn a better life." -Community Partner

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