By AFRO Staff

The Youth Resiliency Institute, a grassroots community activist group based in South Baltimore, has launched the Cherry Hill Youth program, which celebrates the heritage, history and culture of the Cherry Hill community. The new program will explore that rich history partly through the power of storytelling and has enlisted the help of the AFRO to fulfill that part of the mission.

Navasha Daya and Fanon Hill, the co-founders of the Youth Resiliency Institute reached out to Sean Yoes, the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor to help manifest their vision.

Fanon Hill, co-founder of the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI) instructing young members of the YRI. (Courtesy Photo)

“The Cherry Hill Youth Voices program offers teens residing in Cherry Hill Homes public housing and throughout the Cherry Hill community the opportunity to learn about journalism and work with the AFRO’s Baltimore editor, Sean Yoes virtually during the summer months,” said the group in a statement.

“Program participants will co-publish original work on the AFRO.com website in July and August. Furthermore, project participants will interview authors currently residing in, and from the Cherry Hill community,” they stated.

The group plans to implement a variety of media sources to help nurture a love of storytelling as well as encourage leadership in the participants.

“Through the program, Cherry Hill Youth Voices program participants will help shape the future of Cherry Hill by connecting with the past through a variety of media including oral history, film, photography, historical documents and more,” they stated.

 “The Cherry Hill Youth Voices program connects program participants to the power of journalism as a form of civic engagement while exploring the historical impact of the AFRO newspaper in Baltimore.”