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Inner Harbor East Academy For Young Scholars

About Us

The Inner Harbor East Academy for Young Scholars is a joint venture between S-DC and East Baltimore Community Corporation. Both organizations evolved out of a planned educational charette, involving Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The charette brought together concerned residents and individuals from the public and private sectors to direct and expand the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School program offerings with the services needed to improve the community. As a result of the charette, the following areas were identified as needed items for the community: comprehensive high school, college component, health care services, youth & family problems, housing development, job training and placement.

Sojourner-Douglass College, a fully accredited (501)(c)(3) organization, is the State of Maryland's only private predominately African-American institution of higher learning. The College was established in the early 1970's to create a "culturally pluralistic learning environment" in the city of Baltimore. The College has expanded to other sites in Maryland (Annapolis, Cambridge, Salisbury and Prince Georges County) and has a fully accredited campus in Nassau, Bahamas. It offers the baccalaureate and master degrees. The College has served over 10,000 students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in multiple disciplines, including early childhood and special education. The College employs over 185 faculty members, 75% of whom hold terminal degrees as well as professional licenses and real-world experiences.

For more than thirty-five years EBCC has served the residents of East Baltimore. Created in 1969, the Corporation played a major role in the creation of the "new" Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and the creation of the East Baltimore Medical Center. The Medical Center was established to provide comprehensive health care services as a Health Maintenance Organization and has served approximately 45,000 individuals, providing comprehensive health and mental services. Since 1978 the Corporation's clinical casework staff integrated the "Structural Family Therapy" approach (Structured Therapy Model, Appendix A) to service delivery. Thereafter, EBCC initiated a number of subsidiary service organizations (List of EBCC Subsidiary Organizations, Appendix B), East Baltimore Drug Abuse Center and the East Baltimore Youth Services Center to address problems confronting the residents in East Baltimore.

Sojourner-Douglass College and EBCC have extensive credentials and experience in management and finance of public funds. Both founding organizations have fully staffed business offices, and employ fiscally-sound, generally accepted accounting principles. Each has been successful in securing and administering federal, state, and local grants and contracts in excess of 50 million dollars.