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    Community Partnership

    Community PartnershipCreating Living Classrooms for Area Kids

    SU in DC has a longstanding partnership with the Living Classrooms Foundation. The Baltimore-Washington, DC-based nonprofit strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” 

    The foundation’s Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center—made possible in part by support from former SU basketball star and native Baltimorean Carmelo Anthony—responds to the community’s need for intervention that supports the academic and social development of disadvantaged youth.

    Those served reside primarily in low-income neighborhoods and their communities lack many of the services found in more affluent communities. The center provides services in five key areas—education and career development, character and development, health and life skills, the arts and cultural enrichment, and sports and recreation.

    Community PartnershipBHealthy. BFit. BMore.

    In July 2014, SU in DC joined with the Living Classrooms Foundation to host the third “BHealthy. BFit. BMore.” event, a health-focused day for the kids that are a part of the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center.

    More than 30 underserved youth from East Baltimore participated in a Taekwondo hosted by Yoo's Authentic Martial Arts, as well as nutrition activities, receiving health and exercise tips from Syracuse University alumni and prominent individuals in the community, including Jason Yoo ’01, former U.S. National Taekwondo Team member and Olympic alternate, and Joy Yoo ’09, a fifth-degree black belt and World Taekwondo Federation-certified master.