Now Enrolling Spring & Summer 2024

Block Captains Boot Camp Program

The Block Captains Boot Camp is a leadership program, designed to give residents the knowledge and skills to organize in their community around issues that are important to them. Boot Camp takes place weekly, in a three hour classroom session over a twelve (12) week period. Participants will also need to earn additional hours of volunteer service in order to successfully complete Leadership Academy.

In March 2024 a Spring Cohort will begin on Thursday, March 07, 2024.  Leadership Academy will continue every Thursday for the ongoing twelve (12) weeks for three hours starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm.

In July 2024 a Youth Summer Cohort will begin on Monday, July 8, 2024. For ages 18–21 through YouthWorks program is a five-week program that will run from July 8, 2024 to August 9, 2024 Monday–Friday. Participants will be compensated for participation.

Completing the Program

Spring Cohort: Upon completion of the 12-week session, graduates will be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to implement a community supported project for positive change in their neighborhood and be eligible to complete a year of service as a paid Block Captain. In addition to grounding participants in power dynamics, Leadership Academy will build tangible organizing skills that will allow participants to complete tasks identified on the one pager.


• Must be 18 and over
• Must have a direct connection to 21217 (Live, Work, Serve, or Worship)

Terms & Compensation

Individuals will be paid a stipend for their efforts which will be based on attendance and required volunteer time. Details for compensation will be shared in detail during the interview.

Applications for Spring Cohort is February 22, 2024 and to be enrolled you must complete an interview.


Applications for Youth Summer Cohort is March 8, 2024. In addition, you must also complete a Youthworks Application. Please have your birth certificate and social prepped to complete the Youthworks application.


Call or text 443-722-8114 or email if you have any questions!