From West Baltimore

UMB CURE Scholars Program

From West Baltimore

Airing Wednesday, February 28 at 8pm on mpt2

A documentary produced by MedSchool Maryland Productions airing on Maryland Public Television. Told by UMB CURE Scholars Princaya, Shakeer, Ar’Mya, Courtney, Davioin, and Tyler.


Six young teens in West Baltimore, coming from a community plagued with violence, high unemployment, and generational poverty, share their lives in middle school, their fears and hopes. Through their eyes, the traumatic reality of their neighborhoods comes alive. In stark contrast, despite the challenges they face, their vision for the future reveals a positive optimism for what will be possible in their lives.


The sixth and seventh graders featured in From West Baltimore attend Franklin Square Elementary and Middle School, Green Street Academy, and Southwest Baltimore Charter. They are all participants in the UMB CURE Scholars Program, which offers science enrichment experiences. Each of these students hopes to attend college. “The pressure is really on,” says Princaya, voicing all of their concerns about doing well on the standardized tests given in eighth grade. These tests will determine if they qualify for admission to Baltimore’s most competitive high schools and possibly the trajectory of their lives.

From West Baltimore