“I love everything about Baltimore from its neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more,” says Keenen Geter. He respects the many positive changes the city has made and he knows that more can be done to make Baltimore a healthy, livable city.
Keenen is troubled by the numbers of people moving out of Baltimore, particularly families. His vision for Baltimore is to be a city with more families, better schools, and safer communities. Keenen believes one way to help achieve this vision is to support young males. “I think community groups can best sup- port young males in Baltimore by listening to these young guys and giving them positive things to do,” says Keenen.
To carry out his vision, Keenen founded Young Men with P.O.W.E.R., an organization that cultivates and encourages moral character and self-awareness, and promotes community service while improving the success of young men. The program targets young Baltimore men in grades 6 to 8 and consists of 15 training sessions over the course of a year. Sixteen young men are now enrolled in the program and Keenen is recruiting for future years now. He was selected as a winner of Collegetown’s PNC LeaderShape grant, which will support the work of his organization.
After graduation, Keenan plans to go to law school and become an attorney; he wants to be an advocate for people's rights and a voice for those who otherwise go unheard.