The St. Francis Reader                           Summer 2015

St. Francis Neighborhood Center

Our mission is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community.



 Chinaza and Christi enjoying the O's game

A Note from the Executive Director, Christi Green


The Summer of Service Excursion youth program is in full swing!  We are so thankful to YOU, our partners, community, volunteers, and funders for making this our best summer ever.  The program began June 15, and we are enjoying preventing summer "brain drain," through academic enrichment, art, service learning projects, STEM engagement (our kids our learning how to program a drone and a 3D printer!), guest visitors, field trips, and more.   A highlight of some of our exciting moments are shown in photos below.  Enjoy and have a safe and fun holiday.

We are a USTA certified tennis teaching location!  The kids learn coordination and tennis basics with these drills
A surprise visit from a race car driver!
Torbin, our Program & Outreach Director with Edahkiah at the O's game
Thank you O's!  Arielle and her Dad having fun


               No way!  A guest visit from the Fire Department!
                                                               Drone Training.

Engaged at Enoch Pratt Library




Meet our Summer Staff!


We have an amazing small team of dedicated staff that work year round.  But, in the summer, with our highest enrollment of 54 prodigies, we bring on extra "fantastic" support to join our team! Meet our summer Super Heroes!


Brianna & Kendra
Meet Brianna and Kendra!  They lead our Group 3 students, ages 11-14.  Brianna, back from last year, graduated with a BA in Visual Arts and English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is currently on track to begin course work for her MFA in Creative writing and publishing arts this coming spring.
Kendra is a current undergraduate student seeking a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology at Morgan State University. She is a recipient of Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program with the Shriver Center at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Kendra is a local resident of the Greater Reservoir Hill area in Baltimore. As a former Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle school student, she has always been deeply connected to her community and encouraging change through education. Kendra has mentored at Enoch Pratt Library Branches throughout the Baltimore City area. She has worked with youth at Walter P. Carter as a student instructor.

Meet Miss Bree!  Joining our veteran, Mr. William, she is leading Group 1, ages 5-7.  Bree is from Pittsburgh, PA. She has recently earned a BFA from MICA in a dual degree in Art Education and Painting, with a concentration in Curatorial Studies. She will be returning to MICA in the Fall to earn her Masters in Art Education. Bree has enjoyed a lifelong passion for both creating and teaching art, through which she has gained experience assistant teaching for two years at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Summer Art Program and one semester student teaching at The GreenMount Middle School.

Miss Yinka leads with Group 3 and our individualized tutoring program.  She is currently a senior at The UMBC. She is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science, and a B.A. in Public Health. Her interests lie in the correlation between the natural environment, the social environment, and health. Last summer Yinka interned with The Maryland League of Conservation Voters, advocating for environmental justice. Last fall she began volunteering with The Choice Program, which specializes in delinquency prevention of youth in the Baltimore area.


Miss Raven instructs group 2 with veteran and Lead Instructor Miss Jenna. She is a senior at Johns Hopkins University and is an intern from Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern. She was born in DC and raised in Montgomery County, MD before moving out to Baltimore to pursue her education. At Hopkins she studies psychology.  In the future, she would like to teach young children. She believes knowledge truly is power and she attributes her success to her education.



SAVE THE DATE!  Our 10th Annual Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Festival is Saturday, August 1, 2015

Free from 11-4! Backbag/School Supply and Grocery Giveaway, amazing music, resource vendors, food trucks, "Kids Korner," and more! 


Other events:

  • Every Monday at 9:30 am (except holidays - Corpus Christi free grocery distribution to Reservoir Hill neighborhood members. Please note: you must live in Reservoir Hill to qualify for this program.
  • Wednesdays 6:30 pm - Community yoga will continue-through July 22.
  • Every Sunday at 4 pm- Love & Liberty Ministries holds Sunday services at the Center.  All are welcome.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday evenings at 6 pm - Narcotics Anonymous meets in the Center.
  • Friday, September 25--Pre/Post Bike Party


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We Are Hiring! 

Want to make a difference in a community in Baltimore City? Join the St. Francis Neighborhood Center team as our Volunteer Maryland Coordinator and help us make a lasting impact on at-risk youth. This position is compensated through AmeriCorps.


ABOUT US...The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the neighborhood of Reservoir Hill by empowering residents and ending generational poverty through free education programs and strengthening connections within the community. Please visit our website at for more information.


AmeriCorps is an 11-month service commitment that meets critical community needs. The position is full-time and begins in September 2015. AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about education and the nonprofit sector.


POSITION SUMMARY...The AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator serves for a full 11-month service term. Volunteer Coordinators identify and recruit high-quality, reliable community volunteers to become program assistants and event volunteers. This person is also responsible for implementing a community engagement plan and identifying key partnership opportunities. Volunteer Coordinators receive ongoing instruction and coaching from staff and report to and work with the Program and Outreach Director, a staff member with a strong background in community engagement and volunteer recruitment, who provides direct instruction and coaching.

The hours are 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Friday is an optional work from home day. AmeriCorps members frequently participate in professional development trainings and team volunteer activities.


HOW TO APPLY...Visit for fill out an application or call 410-767-6231 for more information.




Want to Volunteer?

Volunteers, we can't do it without you!  Do you want to impact a youth's life in a meaningful way? Volunteer with SFNC and become a part of the community movement in Reservoir Hill to diminish the effects of poverty. #VOLUNTEER@SFNC #STFRANCISBMORE Email for details! 

St. Francis Neighborhood Center
2405 Linden Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217  
Christi Green, Executive Director 
Jessica Childress, Youth Program Manager
Richard Davis, Janitor & Maintenance
William Drew, Teaching Instructor
Jenna Gray, Lead Teaching Instructor
Torbin Green, Outreach & Program Director
Montressa Hammond, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator