Living Classrooms Foundation to Host Speaker Series

February 12, 2014

What: Each month, beginning in February, the Comprehensive Academic, Recreation and Enrichment (CARE) Program of Living Classrooms Foundation will host a speaker series. The first speaker will be George M. VanHook Sr., a governmental and legislative professional. When: February 19, 2014 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The speaker will present for approximately 30-40 minutes and 10-15 minutes will be left for questions and answers. Subsequent Speaker Series will be either from 5-6 pm or 6-7 pm and will be announced prior to the event. Where: Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, 1100 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 The purpose of the speaker series is to engage the audience and students of Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center’s CARE after school program, their families, and community members in encouraging, uplifting conversation about relevant topics in the East Baltimore community. Our intent is to engage families, encourage discussion and bring awareness to a broad scope of cultural and socioeconomic issues. The first speaker in the series, George M. VanHook Sr. has extensive governmental and legislative experience. During the past thirty years, he has held administrative positions at both the state and city levels. Mr. VanHook has experience with Maryland’s legislative process, having served as an administrative analyst for the Department of Fiscal Services with the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. VanHook was appointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in 2004 and served in this capacity until August 2010. He also served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. At the event Mr. VanHook will speak about the trajectory of his career as an African American male working in a variety of positions for Maryland State and Baltimore City. About Living Classrooms Foundation and the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center: Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” The Foundation’s Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center (CAYDC) responds to the community’s need for intervention that supports the academic and social development of disadvantaged youth. The children and youth served reside primarily in public housing and low-income neighborhoods and their communities lack many of the services found in more affluent areas. CAYDC provides services in five core areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Civic Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Cultural Enrichment, and Sports and Recreation. In addition, the Center hosts a number of community events such as youth workshops and conferences, job and health fairs, family night activities, basketball tournaments, and a six-week summer camp. CAYDC is open seven days a week. Currently, more than 200 East Baltimore youth participate in programming at the Center. Interested media should contact Christine Runion at crunion@livingclassrooms.org or Anna Holland at aholland@livingclassrooms.org.