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Promise Heights In The News

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"I don't know if people understand what is happening in Baltimore"

Jennifer Hasselbusch

The Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood is spotlighted by Theresa Vargas, journalist for The Washington Post, in her article "I don't know if people understand what is happening in Baltimore."  In it she interviews Rachel Donegan, Assistant Director of Promise Heights, and Nikkia Rowe, Principal of Renaissance Academy, about the community and how it affects those who live there.  Read the full article here.

photo credit: Jahi Chikwendiu, Washington Post

Renaissance Academy an oasis for students

Jennifer Hasselbusch

Richard P. Barth, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and Bronwyn Mayden, Executive Director of Promise Heights, penned an Op-Ed piece for The Baltimore Sun about how Promise Heights works within the Renaissance Academy community to provide support services for students and staff members.  Click here to read the full article.

Renaissance Academy Graduating Class of 2016 featured in The Baltimore Sun

Jennifer Hasselbusch

On June 3rd, the graduating Class of 2016 walked the halls of Renaissance Academy for the last time.  After a year and a half of turmoil and tragedy, they celebrated their achievement surrounded by friends and family.  The Baltimore Sun was on hand to document this wonderful event.  The article, accompanying video, and photo gallery can be viewed on The Sun's website by clicking here.

We could not be prouder of the students at Renaissance Academy.  They have shown true determination in the face of extreme adversity.  As Principal Nikkia Rowe said in the article, "There will be thousands of kids who graduate this year but none of them have crawled from where we crawled."




Blaming Baltimore's Wolves by Nikkia Rowe

Jennifer Hasselbusch

In 2014 The Baltimore Sun published 3 articles as part of the "Collateral Damage" series which focused on the effects of violence on Baltimore's children and families.  In this article Nikkia Rowe, principal of Renaissance Academy High School, discusses her experiences with violence after the untimely death of 3 students in 90 days as well as the hope she witnesses in her school.  Click here to read the full article.