MIMA November Newsletter

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November 2019

2019 New American Leadership Institute Graduates

NALI 19 Grads

This month, Mayor Young joined the 15 recent graduates of the 2019 New American Leadership Institute (NALI). The 6-week program is an opportunity for New Americans to learn about local government, civic engagement, and leadership skills & opportunities. During the graduation ceremony, Mayor Young encouraged participants to apply tools learned through NALI to advance the well-being of communities across our city.

To learn more about NALI, please visit mima.baltimorecity.gov/nali or contact mima@baltimorecity.gov. If you would like to join us for the 2020 New American Leadership Institute, watch our newsletter for an announcement when the application for the 2020 cohort opens!

Home is Here March

On November 8, Baltimore welcomed DACA and TPS holders and allies as part of the #HomeIsHere march from New York City to Washington DC. Marchers arrived in the capital for the first day of oral arguments on the termination of DACA at the Supreme Court. Mayor Young met with a group of Baltimore City DACA holders who shared their experiences living, working, and growing up in Baltimore.

Because the Supreme Court's ruling is difficult to predict, DACA recipients are encouraged to prepare for any outcome and consult with immigration attorneys. DACA renewal applications are still being accepted.

To learn more about the impact and lives of DACA recipients in our city, watch Monica's story. She is one of the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients that is making a difference in our city and who is fighting to have her voice heard. Together, we can make a difference and make sure others like her can stay in the only homes they know. For more information, please visit Home is Here.

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Above: Mayor Young meets with Baltimore City DACA recipients. 
Below: Mayor Young speaks at the Home is Here Rally. 

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MIMA en Español

Código de Alerta Azul y Consejos de Salud

Snapshot of Our Community: Moravia Park Elementary Cultural Festival


Moravia neighborhood's beautiful community was on full display this month at the Moravia Park Cultural Festival! Students, parents, teachers, and paraeducators came together at Moravia Park Elementary to showcase the many cultures represented at the school with dance and music performances, storytelling from refugee community members, food, and activities. Moravia is home to one of Baltimore's largest refugee communities including families from Eritrea, Congo, Darfur, Afghanistan, Nepal, and more! Several community organizations participated in the resource fair, including MIMA staff who were on-hand to educate about the upcoming Census with materials in more than a half-dozen languages.

Partner Spotlight

Census Jobs

Did you know that in advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country, including in our city? The temporary positions include census takers, recruiting assistants, and office and supervisory staff. Bilingual applicants will be needed and are encouraged to apply. In addition, the Census Bureau announced this month that the agency will hire non-citizens to serve as interpreters to overcome language barriers during the Census process. Please note that according to the hiring timeline, the agency expects to make job offers and conduct background checks in January 2020. Be sure to apply NOW!

For more information, please visit 2020cesnus.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 - thanks for doing your part to make sure that #BmoreCounts!

National Happenings

Refugees Nov19

On November 25, Mayor Young joined 87 Mayors from across the country urging the administration to rescind an executive order reducing the number of refugees resettled in the United States. Baltimore has welcomed over 2,500 refugees fleeing violence and persecution since 2015. Our new residents have made their home in neighborhoods like Moravia, Frankford, Patterson Park, and Highlandtown, and our new neighbors are resilient & hardworking and have contributed greatly to our City. They serve as dedicated employees, business owners, homeowners, students, and community leaders. Our neighborhoods cannot afford to lose the innovation and contributions refugees provide. The letter to Secretary of State was submitted by U.S. Conference of Mayors on behalf of 88 Mayors. For a full text of the letter, please click here.


Grant Opportunities

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Human Trafficking Grant Program: Grants are available for nonprofit organizations supporting victims of human trafficking in Baltimore City. Applicants must be based in Baltimore City and demonstrate the ability to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered care for labor- and sex-trafficked victims seeking assistance. Organizations must be 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal agent. Two levels of grants are available: 1) up to $10,000 and 2) $10,001 to $50,000. To download an application packet, click here. Deadline to submit applications is December 13, 2019.

2020 Grassroots DesignFest: Does your Baltimore-based nonprofit need assistance with web design, a logo, or another design challenge? While DesignFest isn’t a grant opportunity per se, it is an opportunity to work with a design team at no cost and develop branding solutions for your organization! Sign up  today to participate in this partnership project between the T. Rowe Price Foundation & MICA students!

Calendar of Events

German Christmas Market
Through December 24th 
Inner Harbor 

Miracle on 34th Street / Hampden Lights - Opening Night
November 30, 6PM - 11PM
Miracle on 34th St.

Mt. Vernon Multi-Ethnic Walking Food Tour
November 30, December 14, & December 28, 2PM - 6:30PM
Mt. Vernon

48th Annual Monument Lighting
December 5, 5PM - 8PM
West Mt. Vernon Pl.

MICA Art Market 2019
December 5 - 8 (times vary)
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Live Generously Baltimore
December 5, 4PM - 6PM
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, 700 Light Street

Highlandtown Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
December 6, 5PM - 9PM
3601 Eastern Ave.

Entrenamiento para compradores de casa
December 7, 9AM - 4PM
Latino Economic Development Center, 3500 Boston St.

Holiday Pagoda Lighting
December 8, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
27 S. Patterson Park Ave.

The Mayor's Christmas Parade
December 8, 1PM - 4PM
4207 Edgehill Ave.

Mayor’s Holiday Open House
December 14, 2PM - 4PM
City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St. 

POSADA (Procession and Celebration)
December 15, 5PM - 9PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.

New Year’s Eve Spectacular
December 31, 9PM - 12:30AM
Inner Harbor

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202