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Chosen Community Development Corporation (Harford)

Black History Month Leadership & Service Honoree Chosen Community Development Corporation leads through service by taking a holistic approach to nurturing and serving entire families. This organization seeks to enhance and empower the lives of disproportionately underserved families, individuals, children, and seniors through direct engagement, educational services, job resources and training, health and wellness, financial education, and enrichment programs that encourage the development of self-sustaining lifestyles for today and tomorrow. 

Chosen was established in May 2020, to create support for families and extended families to thrive together. Manning and Lamb indicates that adolescents have higher levels of academic achievement and fewer problem behaviors in school when their family needs are met. 

To meet this goal, Chosen engaged 85 volunteers in various programs, one of which includes a global pathway education program that mentors young men and women through STEAM initiatives, led by college students. Chosen also collaborated with the Maryland Food Bank to serve over 130,000 pounds of food and beverages to over 20,000 individuals. Volunteers also served over 800 families with the Christmas Package Initiative–providing essential winter gear and food. Chosen also organized two financial town halls, partnering with Freedom Bank and the Kelly Group, to provide training to nearly a hundred individuals. 

During the pandemic, Chosen also made masks and delivered food, toiletries, perishable, and non-perishable items to the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Watch their acceptance video, here: 

Visit their website: www.chosencdc.org

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Chosen Youth and Leadership Academy with President Brandi Dingle