What We Do

Acts4Youth is altering the trajectory for vulnerable Baltimore City Youth by restoring a sense of well-being and enduring hope. Its vision is to see Baltimore City youth thriving in school and becoming assets to their families, employers and communities, ultimately uplifting the city of Baltimore.

Filling in the Missing Pieces to Adulthood



Refining traits that direct actions and guide a student through circumstances in virtuous ways leading to pathways of success


Emotional Maturity

Developing the ability to understand and express emotions in a mature manner in order to connect with others in positive ways


Life & Social Skills

Learning skills to prepare for future success in dealing with conflict, developing healthy relationships and working as productive members of teams



Having a desire to know God and a growing reliance on His character and promises displayed in convictions and ethical actions

Our Programs

Nurturing essential life skills during the school day at Walter P. Carter elementary/middle school for all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to nurture their emotional intelligence and help them develop healthy relationships.  Learn More

Gameplan to Manhood
Gameplan is for boys in grades five through ninth to help them live out their faith in the context of their role as a male in society.  Learn More 

Shine into Womanhood
The focus of this program for girls in 5th through 9th grade is on helping them develop their inner beauty by intentionally nurturing their character, emotional, social, and spiritual development. Learn More 


"You are working within the youth's environment, going into schools. This supports not only youth, but teachers too."

- Acts4Youth Donor

“The biggest challenge Acts4Youth has helped me work through is anger. Every time I got angry, I had to do a time out worksheet. It made me think about how I want to do things differently next time. I started staying away from those people [who made me angry], taking deep breaths, and counting to ten.”

- 6th grade boy who has been attending Acts4Youth’s program since 4th grade

“Acts4Youth provides effective mentoring for at-risk children at critical points in their lives. The results of the organiation are impressive."

- Acts4Youth Donor

“I learned about God and how He sacrificed Himself to help us. I hadn’t heard about it before…. It changes how I think about myself.”

- 7th grade boy after his first year in Acts4Youth’s program

"It's awesome. I love Acts4Youth. I wish there was an Acts4Youth for moms, so they could keep us encouraged."

- Tanika Poole, mother of a 7th grade student in Acts4Youth

“I didn’t realize they did all of this. Acts4Youth has been such a help to my son and me. We are so thankful!”

- Ms. Knox, mother of an Acts4Youth student 

"Acts4Youth helped me realize that you don't have to be bad to get attention."

- 5th grade student, after her second year in the Acts4Youth Program 

Ways To Support Us

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Become A Partner

We partner with various organizations around the community in hopes of providing diverse and enriching opportunities for our students. 

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Make A Donation

Donations provide us with the resources to develop programs that fit the varying needs of our students. All donations go directly to student support

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Become A Volunteer

There are always a number of volunteer opportunities available that allow interested applicants to get involved in our programs. 

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Recent News

2020 Benefit Dinner Sponsorship Printable Form

By Lesley Simmons | Dec 11, 2019

Sponsorships 2020

Summer Programs Update

By Lesley Simmons | Sep 5, 2019

In this Issue:  Summer Internship: Real World Experience Boys’ Retreat: Spirits Freed Blog: Invisible Wounds Thanks to YOU, this summer students grew closer to God and each other and developed new skills to be better positioned for their futures! Game Plan Retreat: Spirits Freed The retreat setting with its woods, swimming pool, and basketball court…

Invisible Wounds

By Lesley Simmons | Aug 19, 2019

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By Lesley Simmons | Jul 29, 2019

Acts4Youth News: July 2019 Continuing Impact “Hey coach this is me, Shamar Randall. It’s been a long time since I saw and spoke to you! And I’m just checking up on you to make sure you’re doing fine and to let you know I’m joining the Marines, well actually leaving for boot camp in the…