The GLCCB board’s search for new boardmembers with significant management or non-profit experience was a major item of business at its May 16th meeting of the governing body of the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland. The board reported they’ve received eight application, with several interviews scheduled. The board application is online on Facebook and being reposted regularly, and published in Baltimore OUTloud. The board is exploring the legalities of appointing a youth representative to the board, and already has a candidate interested in the position.

In other news, the center has hired a new case manager, Charles Xavier Kilborn, filling a vacancy left by Kevin Holt. Kilborn is transman and will work together with the other case manager, Key’Ashia Tucker, focusing on younger clients.

In addition to the programs run by the GLCCB, the center works with 18 partner groups to host programs. The Baltimore Trans Alliance (BTA) and the Center for Black Equity Baltimore (CBEB), the organization that produces Baltimore Black Pride, have both set up agreements with the GLCCB to officially move in and share space. The GLCCB has made significant progress on developing programs for youth and transgender people, and are working on building capacity to better support elders.

The center has partnered with other groups to help employ youth as part of Baltimore City’s Summer Youthworks Program, for people ages 14 to 21. There are positions for 15 young people for five weeks. Part of the group’s time will be spent exposing the hires to different careers to learn skills to help them navigate the job market. The other part of the time, they will learn to be “artivists,” in a program run by the Maryland Institute College of Art, where they will use different mediums each week to speak to a social issue, followed by a showcase event at the end of the summer.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 5th at the GLCCB (2530 North Charles Street, third floor) in Baltimore.