So What Else Baltimore Chapter
After years of growth in the DC region, So What Else started working with local organizations, activists and philanthropists to reach youth in the City of Baltimore. We're excited to partner with organizations and local Baltimore educators to provide a wide range of program opportunities to youth, from Vegan Cooking to Film to Soccer. Check out some of our partners below!
Meet the Team!
Co Founder of So What Else Baltimore: Patti S. Ross
A native Washingtonian and alum of The American University, Ms. Patti S. Ross has lived in the Baltimore area for nearly 20 years. Prior to her current work with Montgomery County Public Schools as an IT Systems Specialist, she held several corporate and non-profit positions in marketing; her last as the Regional Director for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. In addition to her work with the schools she is the owner of a boutique Public Relations/IT Media firm - LevelMedia1 LLC
Ms. Ross is an enthusiastic supporter of equitable access to education and a life-long learner. She holds a Master’s degree in human resource management. Ms. Ross has passion for homeless services and has been an active volunteer at Sarah’s Hope, Mount Street, an emergency shelter for women and children in West Baltimore. She is the co-Founder of the Baltimore site and actively participates in the sites programming. She is also a member of the board of the Marki Foundation and as a lover of literature and an aspiring poet Ms. Ross holds the position of Secretary for the Maryland Writers Association. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority an international public service sorority.
Director of Baltimore Operations: Jeff Dugan firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore Board Members:
Our Partners Programs and Teachers:
360 DEGREES INC WITH SHERRETT JACOBS teaches their program to our after-school students living at the Pedestal Garden Apartments. They work "diligently towards building local & global connections to ensure that all children have the best educational experiences possible! We are committed and focused on enriching the lives of children birth through age five, K-12 and young adults through age twenty one; who live in poverty stricken neighborhoods as we believe that “where youth reside should not dictate your quality of life or education.” Together “We” will make a difference, one life at a time!"
CITY WEEDS WITH FARMER NELL teaches a program called MicroGreens for our after-school students from Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School and Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts. "The goal of CityWeeds is not only to change the perception of plants that pervade the neighborhoods of Baltimore but to empower the youth with the knowledge and ability to shape what grows in their backyard. The abundant laboratory that surrounds the city of Baltimore provides the perfect opportunity to teach the youthful minds in our neighborhoods the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and sustainable living through the process of growing and selling vegetables in the micro green climate or classroom environment."
FAREEHA WAHEED teaches literacy to our students from Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School. She is a special educator with a passion for educational equity, community organizing, and urban community development. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychobiology from University of California, Davis in 2014 and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Urban Leadership at Johns Hopkins University.
Fareeha continues to fight the opportunity gap that exists in low-income areas as active alumni of Teach for America Baltimore corps. She was chosen as a Baltimore Rising fellow through Councilman Zeke Cohen’s office in 2017 and works with other city leaders to build an agenda from the ground-up to increase civic engagement and bring progressive legislation. She also works as an after school teacher through So What Else to empower students to be fluent readers and caring citizens.
ANTHONY TRUITT teaches Media Literacy to our after-school students at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary! He is a youth instructor and youth media advocate with 18 years of teaching experience in Baltimore City and his hometown Detroit, Michigan. As an independent journalist, producer and filmmaker, with a background in broadcast news, he strives to share his knowledge of media production and filmmaking with young people for the purpose of developing positive, thoughtful and intelligent media.
GRIOTS EYE WITH RAS TRE SUBIRA teach our after-school students Arts and Advocacy at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School. "In West African traditions, ‘Griots’ are revered storytellers that use music, poetry, and history to celebrate the collective identity of the people. Hence, the Griot’s Eye program seeks to do the same through community-produced media programs that, as visual storytelling projects, celebrate positive social change in Baltimore city. The Griot’s Eye program is a Media Arts and Youth Advocacy program in which youth are equipped with technical and creative skills to produce media projects that address issues of immediate relevance in the lives of Baltimore city youth through film, photography, graphic arts, and web design."