The Inner Harbor Project is a model for social change that identifies teenagers who are leaders among their peers, equips them with research and professional skills, and organizes them to come up with solutions to issues that divide our society on the basis of race, class and culture.
The Inner Harbor Project focuses on public space because it is the place where different social needs compete and where we can pioneer effective approaches to harmonious coexistence.
Phase 1: Background Assessment
- Identify community stakeholders: small businesses, non profit organizations, anchor institutions, foundations, teenagers in school, teenagers not in school, police officers, private security entities, religious entities, neighborhood associations
- Conduct informal interviews with stakeholders to determine if necessary elements exist to replicate model, based on indicator Assessment
- Choose impact zone
Phase 2: Recruitment and Research
- Hire full time interlocutor or “bridge person” to act as an advocate between youth and stakeholders
Recruit and hire 10 high school-aged youth who are leaders among their peers
Train youth with IHP’s curriculum
Conduct research to identify tension points
Produce recommendations to stakeholder groups for necessary improvements
Organize advisory board of existing stakeholders
Phase 3: Implementation
Collaborate with advisory board to transition recommendations into youth-led programs to promote safety and
Develop communication strategy to garner community support