November 1, 1996
Media Contact: Terry Todesco
Phone: 410-614-4976
E-mail: ttodesco@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Johns Hopkins and Girl Scouts have formed a unique partnership to provide opportunities for East Baltimore girls. Nov. 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., is the grand opening and dedication of Project H.O.P.E. (Her Opportunity, Protection and Education) - The Drop-In-Center, at the Hopkins Security Office, 407 N. Caroline Street. The Drop-In-Center is a collaborative effort between The Corporate Security Services Department of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to offer Girl Scout programs to girls in urban areas of Baltimore.

There are 89 girls currently registered to participate at The Drop-In-Center, which will offer a variety of activities that are educational, cultural and fun. "We are interested in providing a safe place for the girls to meet and enjoy Girl Scout activities, and we are looking forward to enhancing the quality of life for some of the girls in East Baltimore," said Joseph R. Coppola, Chief of Corporate Security Services at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Some of the planned events include computer training, cultural field trips, arts and crafts, dance classes and of course the all-important Girl Scout Camp.

The Drop-In-Center will be staffed by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, volunteers from Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and parents from the East Baltimore community.

Project H.O.P.E.- The Drop-In-Center, will be the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's first partnership with a health care institution. Funding will be provided through a grant from the Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, as well as contributions from The Jacob and Annita France Foundation Inc., the Robert G. and Anne M. Merrick Foundation, the Hoffberger Foundation Inc., Kaiser Permanente, the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation Inc., and the Goldsmith Family Foundation Inc.

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