‘The Movement Team’ Providing Community Assistance During Arrival and Dismissal at Digital Harbor

| April 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

A Federal Hill-based nonprofit called The Movement Team was recently hired by Baltimore City Public Schools to assist in the safe passage of students to and from four high schools, including Digital Harbor High School. The Movement Team provides four to six team members to help with intake and dismissal at Digital Harbor, as well as to help monitor students who may be engaging in disruptive behavior around the community.

The Movement Team’s staff can be seen outside the school and along Light St. and Cross. St. where many students travel to catch a bus or grab a bite to eat.

Other schools in the program are Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (Mervo) in Northeast Baltimore, Patterson High School in Southeast Baltimore, and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in East Baltimore.

The Movement Team is already offering mentoring programs within 13 schools in the city including Digital Harbor and Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove in Brooklyn.  The Movements Team’s staff at Digital Harbor includes two Latino employees to help with the large Latino population at the school.

The Movement Team was started by Akil Trice in 2014. Trice, a truck driver for 29 years, was inspired to help after learning of a 21-year-old man being killed while breaking up a fight on Greenmount Ave.

“Someone had to step up and love these kids,” he said. “Everyone is running on emotion.”

The Movement Team has a staff of about 40 who have experience working with youth and who are trained and certified in restorative practices.

“These are people who love kids,” said Trice. “Some of them are parents, some of them are coaches, some of them work in hospitals. They are all concerned with the way the community is going.”

The Movement Team is working to deescalate violence among students in the community but also let kids know who are using foul language or smoking marijuana in the neighborhood “this is not the place for this.”

“We want the kids to be respectful and realize this is a place where people live. But, we also don’t want the community to look at these kids like they don’t want them here,” said Trice. “We want the whole community to work together and build up the relationship.”

“Our goal is not to police the Digital Harbor students, it is to build relationships. That’s how you build a community,” said Trice. He noted they already have students asking for future jobs and that’s something he wants to be able to support.

Trice said The Movement Team is just piloting this new program, but hopes to expand it to many more schools across the city in the future.

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