(Wed., May 4, 2022-Baltimore) Springboard Community Services, one of the largest behavioral health providers in Central Maryland, celebrated the grand opening of its Youth Resource Center (YRC) today with a Rock the Block Party attended by hundreds of youth, and dozens of community partners and elected officials.
F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard, addressed the gathering and welcomed elected officials including City Council Vice President Sharon G. Middleton, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and Deputy Mayor Robin Leach to ceremoniously clip the ribbon and declare the Center open.
“The Youth Resource Center is designed to help young adults address obstacles in their life –such as lack of work, school, or housing -and connect them with programs and counseling to develop a game plan that enables them to live a fulfilling and productive life,” said F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard Community Services.
Event attendees toured the new Center and learned about the breadth of services available to stabilize and grow a young person’s talents, abilities, and security. Springboard employee and 2022 American Idol top 14 finalist, Katyrah Love, entertained the audience with her stunning performance along with a DJ Twist from 92Q and local talent.
As a drop-in center, participants are welcome to make unscheduled visits to gain access to food, clothing, hygiene items, a clothes washer/dryer, and a shower. Participants are also connected to Springboard therapists, case managers, and navigators to place the youth on a trajectory forward.
Springboard partners with other organizations to connect participants to housing, transportation, health care, workforce development, educational opportunities, legal aid, government benefits, and help obtain vital identification documents.
In July 2021, Springboard began strategically working with young people in Baltimore through its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP)–offering access to mental health counseling, case management, housing navigation, homeless diversion, family support, rapid rehousing, and workshops. The YRC builds upon that work.
The Center is located at Springboard’s main office–4623 Falls Road in Baltimore, MD. 21209. The Center hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Monday -Thursday and 10 AM –4 PM on Friday.“Our primary goal is to create a safe, judgment-free zone where young people can feel supported and valued,” said YRC ManagerHilary Sigismondi.
Background: Springboard has offices in BaltimoreCity, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties and serves all residents of Central Maryland. Springboard Community Services, formerly known as Family and Children’s Service of Central Maryland, was established in 1849 and continually evolved to meet the needs of adults, children, families and older adults with social services focused on prevention and intervention, counseling, and advocacy.