Acts4Youth hosts several events to draw attention to the needs of the youth it serves.
Acts4Youth Benefit Dinner
The 2018 benefit dinner was held on April 11th at Johns Hopkins Charles Commons. The guest speaker was Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Schools. Students had a prominent role in the program this year, which was themed "Roses from Concrete." Student Ambassadors sat at tables with guests.
Dr. Santelises has spent her career in urban education in New York, Boston and Baltimore school systems and as Vice President for K-12 Policy and Practice at The Education Trust, with a focus on building high quality teaching and learning to help students excel. She is most excited by “watching our kids accomplish things every day that many people assumed they couldn’t do.”
Dr. Santelises follows a lineup of previous year's inspirational keynote speakers, including former Baltimore City mayor Kurt Schmoke, author and radio program host Wes Moore, and Chief Melvin Russell, commander of the Baltimore Police's community partnership division.