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Meet Baltimore City College Writing Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Baltimore City College Writing Center .

Hello Baltimore City College Writing Center, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
The Baltimore City College writing center was founded in 2015 to establish a peer-led academic support space. The primary goal of our center is to support students in their academic growth and to create equity by ensuring that all students are allowed to succeed at the highest levels. Our writing center is staffed by peer tutors who embody true leadership skills and are motivated by a desire to support their peers. Not only are they dedicated to the success of their clients, but they are also dedicated to the success of every student in Baltimore City. They demonstrate that dedication by hosting free citywide peer tutoring conferences to grow more peer tutoring centers across the city. Ultimately, we aim to allow all Baltimore City students to succeed at the highest levels while preparing them for college and the professional world beyond.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Our journey has not always been smooth. As one of the first peer tutoring programs in the city, we had to learn by trial and error. Also, because our center is staffed primarily by juniors and seniors, we start each year with a new set of tutors who need to undergo the training process. We also struggled to transition to virtual tutoring during the COVID pandemic and to return to in-person tutoring this year. Finally, we also strive to increase schoolwide participation by communicating our availability to teachers and students.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
We love Baltimore. We love its rich history and culture and the fact that Baltimore is full of unique and talented artists and creatives. We look forward to working alongside those community members to create more opportunities for success for young people constantly.

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